#4132 - Wednesday, January 12, 2011 -
Editor: Jerry Katz
It's good to see nondualism introduced into the
American political arena.
Sheriff in Gabrielle Giffords Shooting: Arizona
Capitol of Racism and Bigotry
January 09, 2011 01:30 AM EST
Clarence Dupnik Sheriff of Pima County, where Gabrielle
Giffords was shot today, told reporters Arizona had become the capitol of hatred
and bigotry. Voicing his disgust at todays shooting in Tucson, the sheriff
seemed to blame vitriol from radio and television as a possible contributing
While speaking to the press about the shooting, which killed a
federal judge and five others, Dupnik suggested vitriolic political statements
in the media played a role in the shooting. "This has not become the nice United
States of America that most of us grew up in and I think its time we do the
soul-searching," said the sheriff. He went on to say, "The anger, the hatred the
bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous and
unfortunately, Arizona has become the capitol. We have become the mecca of
prejudice and bigotry." At one point he said, "It's time to do a little soul
searching about the rhetoric we hear on the radio, how are children are being
The sheriff never mentioned any particular source of the
vitriol. However, it seems clear he was talking about anti-immigration types and
maybe conservative talk show hosts in general. Prior to the Gabrielle Giffords
shooting, the sheriff was known for his opposition to many ultra-conservative
issues such as Arizonas laws aimed at Mexican immigrants. In August of last
year, he announced he would not enforce the new anti-immigration
Sheriff Dupnik is holding the shooting suspect in his jail and
claims the man has mental issues. Whether it is the Sheriffs political views,
or just a crude observation, the fact does remain that the social climate in
America is becoming dangerous. Many have speculated in the past that it was just
a matter of time before a Democrat politician would be shot. However,
considering the lack of mental health care in this country, it is no surprise
things similar to the Gabrielle Giffords shooting keep taking place. What can we
do to change the public discourse in this country?
It is a tragedy for all and for government of the people, by
the people and for the people. Come on, were all just people. Some on the Left,
some on the Right, and most of us just caught in the middle and getting shot up,
But maybe we are all guilty for letting the vitriolic
hyperbole of fringes dominate the national debate. Maybe something like this had
to happen to shock all of us to our senses.
The American experiment is just too grand to allow the
majority, composed of reasonable Americans, to be constantly manipulated and
goaded by the fringe elements. We, the people, have to stand up for
reasonableness and sensibility that has characterized America in more stable
Those on the fringe are fundamentally judgmental, adamant,
convinced, confrontational, conflicted, non-contemplative and closed-minded.
They just know that they are right. However, these are the characteristics of
Dualistic thinking - orthodoxy at its worst.
From Philosophy we have the concepts of Dualism and
Non-Dualism's view of reality is not in terms of either / or,
but rather in terms of both / and.. Non-Dualism is a higher level of
consciousness that is contemplative and can entertain concepts of uncertainty,
mystery, and paradox - isn't that just like life?
After the Reformation, the thinking was that the rational
mind (Dualism) - based on the earlier logic of the Greeks - would get us to the
scientific truth in all matters. Such critical and comparative thinking yielded
Newtonian physics, etc.
The Dualistic mind works to compare, compete and condemn - and
is fraught with fables, foibles and foolishness. This low level of consciousness
sets up competition between short and tall, black and white, superior and
inferior, etc. It is oppositional thinking and ego led, as in "I'm right, you're
wrong", and, therefore, is the foundation of conflict, struggle, racism and
Modern science, however, has come full circle in realizing how
little we actually know. Non-Dualism is the thinking that takes us beyond
Newtonian and into the Uncertainty Principle and Relativity.
It is worthwhile and necessary to consider these concepts so
that we can know and be comfortable with the real truths of life and to
correctly comprehend our life and our relationship to each other and the forces
of nature that control and govern our life in the world.
We can access Non-Dual thinking and we can still be rational,
but in a more calm and positive way. Non-Dual thinking is tolerant, patient,
happy, non-violent, accepting of others, of differences, of love, of self. The
ego does not need to get in the way. We can be forgiving of others and
ourselves. We need not blame others and we can know that "we" are our own
problem. The great peace-makers were all Non-Dual thinkers.
We should replace win, lose thinking with the idea of win,
win. The New America could greatly use a good dose of tolerance that comes from
Non-Dualistic, contemplative thinking.
Wisdom would be to think before we shoot off our mouth - this
applies to all levels: media, government and in our public and private