Friends, Here's a Very Special Personal Commentary from S. Brian Willson ~ Please take a Look at the Trailer for the Film in Progress titled: "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson & The Peace Movement".
- Dear Friends, Here's a very special Personal Commentary from S. Brian
Willson. After you have read what Brian has written, please take a look at
the newest trailer for the film in progress titled: "PAYING THE PRICE FOR
PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson & The Peace Movement" -
www.boboudartproductions.org/credits.html - If you'd like to respond to
Brian his email is: bw@... - If you would like to donate some
money to help the film get made, please see contact information below for Bo
To My Friends
The Systemic Sickness of War and Violence - Personal and Collective Healing
As the globe quakes from the weight of violent and selfish human activity,
sometimes that energy rocks thru my body, mind and soul with such force I
feel nearly paralyzed by it. It is like slipping into low-level depression,
accompanied by feelings of inadequacy and shame. Perhaps those of us in the
US are regularly vulnerable to the pain of multiple wars being waged in our
names - 390 military interventions since World War II in over 100 nations
while bombing 28 of them. Then with each violent intervention, such as the
US diplomatic support for Israel's most recent terror and murders committed
against the trapped 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza, with US weapons no
less, we are more likely to experience acute episodes of anxiety and grief.
When I experience these episodes, it is difficult for me to focus on
anything, follow thru on anything, or even look at and respond to emails and
phone calls - a kind of paralysis I mentioned above. These moments are
sometimes accompanied by bouts of crying with no warning. I ask myself, "Is
the end for me, or just a temporary time to stop and allow all these
feelings to have their space and time deeply within without judging them?"
And this latest violence by Israel is a mere emulation of the open US policy
of assassinating human beings in a number of far off countries with unmanned
missile-firing drones - diabolical nearly beyond comprehension. Knowing that
the big winners of this warring behavior are all those who make huge profits
from expenditure on weapons of war, protected by our political system
dependent upon such expenditures, is sheer maddening. Eisenhower in 1961
initially called this the Military Industrial Complex, but it has now
expanded to include manufacturers in virtually every Congressional district,
and thus Congress itself, the President, academia, the banks,
communications, intelligence, the security industry, transportation, etc.
At any rate, I don't know how many people might be experiencing similar
feelings of angst, shame, or inner turbulence. I know other veterans I have
discussed this with share similar pain. Sometimes the memory of our own
participation in dreadful acts of war, knowing we were pawns as we
participated in the murder of innocents, brings an inner pain so unbearable
as to be beyond words, even as those same experiences have provided us an
awakening, motivating us to be relentless truth tellers in a land of make
As a lay student of eco-psychology, I am increasingly aware that everything
is connected with everything, everywhere at every moment, a truth that
Martin Luther King, Jr described thus: "An injustice anywhere is a threat to
justice everywhere." I often say, "We are not worth more; they are not worth
less," and the "they" is all life outside of ourself - the birds, bees,
butterflies, moss, rocks, etc., in addition to all the human beings in their
respective cultures, and that of all other species as well.
Survival now requires attention to not only social and political justice,
but ecological justice, and justice for our inner child. Historian,
philosopher and novelist Theodore Roszak (The Voice of the Earth, 1992),
believes we have been ignoring the most important inner voice of all - the
"ecological unconscious." The greater ecological realities of which we are
an integral part constantly penetrate our psyches, both its joy and pain.
But the voice of the earth expressing her pain (from our assaults on her)
seem to manifest in our tensions and dis-eases. Rozak proposes
"ecopsychology" as a solution to the shortcomings of both psychotherapy and
environmentalism, and, I would add, to our seeking social justice.
I believe this holistic, ecological consciousness is involved in all efforts
for healing. The greater socio-economic realities, of which we are an
integral part, whether conscious of them or not, surrounds and tweaks our
psyche, just as our assaults on the earth do. Massive injustices are
occurring everywhere on the planet, most connected to imperial policies of
the United States and other "first world" nations. Painfully, this imperial
plunder is empowered by our own insatiable greed, or the American Way Of
Life (AWOL). The voices of the poor and oppressed, and those being
terrorized because they cry out for bits of justice and dignity, become part
of our inner voice - the injustice consciousness. Consequently, their cries
manifest in tensions and dis-eases within us. We are in fact all one, as
quantum physics suggests, and as many indigenous peoples have tried in vain
to teach us.
Thus, serious healing necessarily requires a holistic understanding and
integration of personal with social and ecological health. And I am reminded
again that I need to address my inner child who is crying to be loved
unconditionally, something that was often lacking in my early years, such
that I can integrate that groundedness with a feeling of adequacy as an
adult person, and join all the wonderful people striving for a world of
simplicity and justice for all.
Brian - bw@...
Here's the Latest 9-Minute Trailer for:
"PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE:
The Story of S. Brian Willson & The Peace Movement"
Directed by Bo Boudart
If you feel inspired to help get this important film finished, please send a
Beau Monde Image Foundation
PO Box 7395, Menlo Park, CA 94026
(This is a 501 C-3 organization. So it is Tax Deductable)
Bo has already interviewed Daniel Ellsberg, Father Roy Bourgeois, Medea
Benjamin, Col. Ann Wright, Martin Sheen, Alice Walker, Phil Donahue, Blase
Bonpane, Ron Kovic, Camila Mejia,
Bruce Gagnon, Charlie Clements, Charlie Liteky, Duncan Murphy, Ray McGovern,
Leah Bolger (President of Veterans For Peace), Jeff Paterson (of Courage to
Resist), David Swanson, Lou Wolf, Ed Ellis, Mike Prysner, Carlos Escorcia &
others. He still plans to interview Amy Goodman, Kris Kristofferson, Ed
Asner, Kathy Kelly & Cindy Sheehan.
Bo Boudart is a producer of wildlife, ecology, cultural, human rights,
cultural, educational and science programs. He has initiated productions in
Asia, Indonesia and Philippine Island Archipelagos, South America, Africa,
Australia, the Arctic, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.
Boudart has produced documentaries, animations, educational, marketing and
informational programs for distribution in all formats. Many of his programs
have aired on the Discovery Channel, Public Television, Canadian
Broadcasting, NHK Japan, French TV, and the Middle East.
Director of: "Paying The Price For Peace"
Short Autobiography of S. Brian Willson
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: The Life & Times of S. Brian Willson
<http://www.brianwillson.com/> S. Brian Willson - We are not worth more,
they are not worth less.
Associate Producer of: "Paying The Price For Peace"
Publisher of: ADDICTED To WAR
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