THE UNDERBELLY OF TERRORISM FAR IN OUTER SPACE
OR IN OUR OWN INNER SPACE
ZERO PLUS 1219 DAYS,--New York, NY, Thursday,
January 13, 2005--A
robotic space probe is slated to slip into the atmosphere of
Titan, the planet Saturn's moon, in search of secrets unlocking
the mystery of the universe.
Launched by the European Space Agency, the Huygens
probe--named after the Dutch astronomer who discovered the moon
350 years ago--will be the first of its kind to settle on the
planetary surface of what is called the "frigid realm of
the outer solar system."
It will take two-and-a-half hours for the probe
to descend onto Titan surface, the scientists said.
As the imagination of human beings reach deep
into space to examine the underbelly of the universe in hopes
of unlocking secrets of creation and to further man's thirst
to explore deep into the womb of the universe, people are killing
one another daily in vicious battles over who is in charge of
the planet Earth.
In Iraq, more than 1,300 Americans and thousands
more Iraqis have died in an interplanetary battle over who is
in charge of the surface of the earth. In Sudan, acts of genocide
occur while the world blinks its eyes, hoping the rivers of
blood will eventually flow past without being seen.
At the same time, Mother Nature ravaged this planet--the
third rock from the sun--with a tsunami that reared up out of
nowhere and killed tens of thousands. Humans are still scratching
their heads trying to figure out how to know when such events
happen to protect themselves in the future.
Beast of Terror has claimed more than 150,000 lives
On this earth, there are countless "outer
reaches" of human mysteries yet to be uncovered and discovered.
The most obvious is the internal human "Beast of Terror,"
that creature within us all that can unleash anger, rage, hatred,
violence that turns what some might call civilized human beings
into ferocious, primordial beasts ravaging not only others but
often turning on themselves and eating their own souls.
It is easy to point a finger at a Terrorist who
flies a plane into a World Trade Center, or one who drives a
truck laden with bombs into a herd of people in Baghdad. However,
it is much more difficult to recognize the child molester walking
around the community talking, dressing and looking "normal,"
or to pinpoint the parent who turns angrily to his or her child
and spews: "I wish you were never born!"
Huygens descends Titan's atmosphere, Cassini will record
the data from 72,000 kilometers (about 44,700 miles).
Probing the deep innards of human darkness seems
far more a priority than to probe Saturn's moon, Titus. If there
are true answers to "ruling" the universe, it must
begin first here in the "outer reaches of our own space"
rather than millions of miles in the sky.
Ironically, the moon being probed in the "frigid
realm of the outer solar system" is named Titus after the
first gods of Greek mythology. In the story, Zeus was the son
of the leader of the Titans and turned on his father. In a great
battle, Zeus won and most of the Titans were imprisoned in a
place called Tartarus.
was a deep place beneath the underworld
Tartarus, according to myth, was a deep place
even beneath the underworld. It was so dark and sunless that
its gloom was beyond comprehension. Located below the roots
of the earth and sea, to reach Tartarus was to travel the same
distance of an anvil dropped from the surface of the earth that
would drop for nine days. The prison was spawned from the primordial
Saturn's Titan carries such a legacy of darkness
and primordial chaos. The frozen outer reaches of the solar
system are being probed by humans, yet the inner primordial
and often frozen depths of humanity's Beasts of Terror go unnoticed,
Daily, when humans do not take a Pledge of Vigilance
to ward off the primordial Titans of Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency, the odds are that they will ooze up from their
own Tartarus and spill over into the delusion that we are more
civilized than not, wiser than the beasts, more caring than
Probing the inner reaches of the human soul to
protect the children from harm and to represent a model for
them to protect their children from the Triad of Terrorism--Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency--is of far more importance than
landing a probe on the surface of Titan.
Children by the thousands huddle in the dark of
their rooms, fearful of the anger and rage they hear as their
parents fight and argue in the other room. Quick, snapping-turtle
comments to a child such as: "I wish you were more like....,"
or, "why can't you do..." and a countless range of
other small but deadly raps on a child's self worth and self
value drive the child's stock down and build the power of the
Beast of Terror.
The door to Tartarus is opened not by the child
but by the actions of a parent or guardian who forces a child
to turn inward where the dark recesses of the inner mind contain
the primordial Beasts of Terror--the ones that Zeus banished
long ago, but the ones that reappear when least expected.
The lesson in all this is Vigilance.
to explore our "inner space" before we explore
If we, as human beings want to really explore
outer space, we need first to explore our "inner space."
We need to recognize that inside us, each of us, is a Beast
of Primordial Terror locked in its Tartarus, sometimes by a
thin thread. Unless we become Sentinels of Vigilance and vow
to protect ourselves from Fear with Courage, from Intimidation
with Conviction, and from Complacency with Right Actions for
the Children's Children's Children's sake, the odds are we will
eat ourselves to death. We will consume not only our own humanness
but that of our children.
But if we are Sentinels of Vigilance and vow to
ward off the dangers of Tartarus, we can use that power to then
explore the far reaches of our own inner and outer universe.
Fight Tartarus today. Take the Pledge of Vigilance.
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