When we watch, seemingly helplessly, the situation in Gaza or the persecution of women in Afghanistan and other refugee-producing countries, I’d like to recall to mind two wise reminders we’ve had on how to approach these matters.
Albert Einstein once said that we cannot solve problems by viewing them from the same level at which they were created.
And Archangel Gabrielle said in the last Hour with an Angel (Aug. 7, 2014) that we have to take a topdown approach to gender persecution if we’re to assist persecuted women in their struggle to emerge from the conditions that oppress them.
Both Einstein and Archangel Gabrielle suggest that we have to view things from a perspective that’s far higher than events on the ground if we’re to make progress in seeing oppression, injury and killing vanish from our global life.
In the beginning, we cannot expect persecuted women in refugee-producing countries to directly confront their oppressors. That simply is not possible or advisable. To do so would prove fatal to the women concerned.
First we must prepare the climate of opinion by expressing our global abhorrence of any act of persecution so that the persecuted have something concrete and unmistakable to point to that shows no-excuses-tolerated international disapproval.
I envision billboards around the world saying that the persecution of women, no matter where it occurs, must end. We only await the funds to see that work begin.
In relation to Gaza, or the West Bank, or even conditions inside Israel, Einstein’s advice suggests the futility of trying to approach centuries of hatred by saying who’s right and who’s wrong.
First causes lie buried in the historical record. Too many reprisals have occurred to allow us to say who cast the first stone – or even care who did. It’s the next injured child or destroyed family that we should be thinking of.
There’s no way out to be found in labelling one side to blame, if blame was in any way effective, which it isn’t now and never has been.
Instead, we have to make it unequivocally known that the international community opposes injury or killing, no matter who does it and no matter what reason is brought forward to justify it.
In the case of persecuted women, we have to make it unequivocally known that persecution is not acceptable under any conditions and that we set our faces against it wherever it appears. And we have to speak for those who, at the risk of their lives, cannot speak for themselves.
We must move away from the tendency to insert ourselves at ground level in the processes of war and persecution. We need to make it clear that war and persecution themselves need to vanish from the planet. We have to establish the principles of a world that works for everyone and then apply them impartially and fairly across the board.
What makes an idea one whose time has come is the degree to which international public opinion is mobilized and expressed. The force of unanimous international public opinion is the only thing powerful enough to cause the individuals who behave in harmful ways to stop.
A long time ago Archangel Michael said that we have not yet connected with the power of us saying “no.” Our first step in ridding the planet of war and persecution must be our shift from supporting these conditions because we belong to this or that group to saying “no” to them no matter what group uses them as instruments of policy.
No considerations of right and wrong can justify further oppression or bloodshed.
Only once we establish as an international norm our unwillingness to resort to persecution and war under any conditions will we have set the stage for them to end.
I therefore ask everyone who reads this article to make it known in whatever circumstances these matters are discussed that there is no excuse or justification, anywhere and at any time, for war against anyone or persecution of anyone.
War and persecution must end on this planet and they must end now. We are the ones tasked with ending them. Yes, “we” – you and me.