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Good Wednesday morning from New York.
How you feel about the murder/assassination of Osama bin Laden depends on who you think he was. If you believe there is such a thing as the ‘personification of evil’ you might be really happy. If you think he was the ‘mastermind’ of the Sept. 11 attacks (there seems to be a new one of those turning up every few years) then you might feel a sense of closure — especially if you lost a loved one in whatever happened that day.
Yet there exist significant questions about what happened Sept. 11, and in our gloating about the assassination of bin Laden, I suggest we remember those, and keep them in mind — particularly anyone celebrating the death of someone they did not know personally, and know very little about historically.
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In today’s edition, I mention an article called Were it So, from 2002. Here is that article. And here is bin Laden’s wanted poster from the FBI’s website. Please note — he is not wanted for the Sept. 11 attacks. Read it (it’s short) and you’ll notice it’s missing. There was not enough evidence of his involvement to mention that.
Today’s Oracle takes us to the Gemini monthly of Oct. 1, 2005
Miracles happen, though they often take a form different than we were expecting. Whatever shape or color the current divine gesture arrives in, I propose that you’re safe trusting, and allowing the situation to unfold. Remember that you’re not dealing with the kind of power imbalance that you’ve become accustomed to for so long. I cannot emphasize this point enough. In fact, you’re subject to neither the whims nor the influences of others at the moment, and are free to follow a calling that is obviously bigger and more glorious than anyone around you currently recognizes. In order to be free, you actually need to act as if you are free. Otherwise, it’s just another philosophical concept. The get real moment the world is experiencing arrives as particularly vivid for you, and what you may be experiencing as fear you certainly make up for in vision.
You and I felt it Sunday night. For that split second in time, when the cool voice of President Obama pronounced those words, we found ourselves in a profound moment of disbelief. Usama bin Laden — dead. Staying up late, we watched the streets of Times Square in New York and in front of the White House erupt in jubilance at the announcement of bin Laden’s death at the hands of the United States military’s special ops team, the Navy SEALs. As we watched, there was a strange feeling of having been excised of a very large malignancy on our nation’s psyche – one we have been living with for so long that it had become part of our cultural expression.
I’m not sure if I know what else to feel at the news of bin Laden’s death, except maybe sensing his removal from the planet as an amputee experiences a ghost limb. If you were like me, and you remembered the same kind of jubilation and dancing on the streets ten years ago in an unnamed Islamic country — a celebration (real or not) of the downing of the World Trade Center in New York — you probably experienced true visceral recoil watching those celebrations in New York and Washington. We see into the young faces of those celebrants caught in a screen shot by Eric posted above. The dancing in the streets and the waving of flags to some of those young people meant that the boogeyman Usama bin Laden — a real Freddie Kruger from a real ”Nightmare on Elm Street” – was finally no more. It looked unconscious to me. College students partying for the purpose of blowing off steam from finals.
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Today’s Oracle takes us to the Scorpio monthly of August 1, 2000
You have endured a long period of enforced growth and limitation in your personal relationships, and it’s clear to me that you both recognized the necessity for this, and that you are ready for a change. If I may propose a few possible shapes that change may take: For starters, the level of exchange (or mutual change) needs to increase in your relationships. You are now in a period where there are certain bottom limits established on what must go back and forth; what you must give, and what you must receive, in order to feel like a relationship is real. I suggest that you pay heed to both directions of your personal transactions. Second, your relationships must, and I know must is a strong word, but they must work in concert with your career, not against it, and your work must not fight against love. This you have no doubt figured out, though it may not be obvious that there are several important ways in which only you can facilitate this.