|Can oil and water mix?
Can Terrorism and Vigilance swim safely in the same ocean of human
differences? In nature and science there is a word for
mixing two solutions that don't repel or consume one another, that
coexist harmoniously. In this article we examine the idea
of how Vigilance and Terrorism can live together without violence,
11, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 486
The Miscibility Of
Terrorism And Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 11- Science
has a word for the solution driving the world to the brink of war.
Miscible (MIH-suh-bul) is an adjective
describing the capacity of mixing two things in any ratio without
separation. Science uses the word to describe fluids that
don't separate when mixed together, as oil and water do.
On first glance, Terrorism and Vigilance
appear to be the "oil" and "water" of current conflict, and the two
warring factions that seem to cleave the world into the "good guys"
vs. the "bad guys." In one sense of the word you're either
a "Terrorist" or you're a "Vigilance Keeper," you either wear a black
hat or a white one, you're either a Beast of Terror or a Sentinel of
the Sentinel of Vigilance and the Beast of Terror be miscible?
Polarity ultimately means there is no hope for
balance. Once we drive our opinions to the extremes, and
anoint those extremes with the blood of friends and relatives, it's
hard to turn to our enemy and say, "Okay, now let's be friends."
It's hard to turn Terrorism into a miscible solution after we've
experienced Nine Eleven, or showered our enemy with diatribes such as
"Axis of Evil," or "Satan Incarnate," or likened him or her to
"Hitler," or "Stalin," and spread the table such that there is no seat
at it for the "Evil Ones."
It's also hard to find reconciliation with
those for whom we have built gallows.
But nature has a way of reminding us all
that what we might think is impossible or improbable can be made
possible and probable if we search beyond the present angst of
emotions and think as Parents of Vigilance rather than Vigilantes.
One of those concepts in nature is
"miscibility," the compatibility of two solutions to become one, to
unify without separation.
I stumbled across the miscibility
this morning. It was my Merriam-Webster Word of the Day. I
subscribe to the Word of the Day to enrich my understanding of how to
better communicate. If I were a Terrorist, I might
subscribe to the "Terror Act Of The Day," receiving each morning a new
and unique way to inject Fear, Intimidation and Complacency upon those
I seek to victimize.
But as a TerrorHunter, a Sentinel of
Vigilance, I seek to find daily words that promote the opposite of
Terrorism, that extol the three Virtues of Vigilance--Courage,
Conviction and Right Actions in behalf of the
Children's Children's Children.
often find myself struggling not to polarize Terrorism as "evil
incarnate," and suggest that if we "kill" Terrorism or "lop off its
head" we can all sit back and relax, wash our hands, and turn to the
bright rising of the sun and the return of Spring as though our jobs were done.
I know that would be folly.
However, I catch myself like so
many politicians or pundits of "righteousness" falling into the trap
that suggests if we can eliminate the criminals we erase crime, or if
we destroy the "Evil Ones" we thus destroy Evil.
I am truly convinced the Beast
of Terror is as much a part of us as the Sentinel of Vigilance.
Just as the sun rises, so it sets. As light fills the dark room,
so does the candle burn down and return the room to darkness.
Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency are as vital to our existence as human beings as Courage,
Conviction and Right Actions, for without the Triads of Terrorism
there are no Virtues of Vigilance.
Courage is the outcropping of
Fear. Conviction is born out of the shadow of
Intimidation. And Complacency is the fuel for Right
Everything in life is
constructed on positives and negatives. Life, as we know,
exists only because of the stress between the positive charge of an
atom and its negative charge. Matter is the sum of
electrical conflict, tiny little atoms pushing and pulling at one
another forming mass, gravity, and holding things together.
If we were to take away the
negative charges and only have positive charges, the world would cease
to exist. There would be nothing to hold it together.
We would implode. Existence, as we know it, would
exists in delicate balance
Terrorism, the worst of our
human emotional negative charges, seems to dominate only when we don't
balance it effectively with Vigilance. Ironically, that
balance is delicate indeed. It only takes One Percent more
negative charge than positive to send atoms into disarray, spinning
wildly about in chaos. Conversely, it takes only One
Percent more positive charge than negative to bring the world back
into order, to put it back on the right track of balance where order
This is where miscibility comes
If science is right,
Terrorism and Vigilance are completely miscible (mixable) entities.
The two can coexist within us without polarizing if we work toward
that goal rather than try to eviscerate Terrorism or amputate it on
the premise that it cannot exist, that its death is our only
Currently, North Korea is
a prime example of the need to find a miscible solution to the
Terrorism it poses. While some consider North Korea oil
and the rest of the world water, others are calling for a way to alter
the chemistry of the oil and water so the two can mix without one pole
consuming the other.
The same situation exists
in Iraq. On one hand there are those poised to swoop down with
eagle's claws outstretched and snag Saddam Hussein by the neck and
squeeze the Evil One's life to death. Once his head is
severed, the theory goes, Spring will return to Iraq.
Flowers will grow out of gun barrels.
Richard C. Hottelet, a
former CBS correspondent, offered an editorial this morning (Jan. 11)
in the Christian Science Monitor titled: "How to dissolve
terrorism at the roots: education."
He cites the need
for education as a solvent for the tensions between East and West.
He says, "It will take time and broad cooperation
to purge the Muslim world of madrassahs - schools that are the
breeding grounds of xenophobic (fear of foreigners) bigotry.
Most if not all Arab countries have clergy and scholars who want to
modernize, not Westernize, Islamic life. They must be given a loud
collective Voice against extremism."
school in Pakistan
His point is well taken,
but he spends much too much time stirring the pot, reminding the
readers how America and other nations spent billions arming the
current Terrorists by supplying aid when they were our former allies,
and now have turned into our enemies. Unfortunately, he
doesn't cite the primary reason for finding solutions--the future of
the children. Neither does he promote the need for Vigilance
But he is on track
with the concept of a miscible solution, a way in which Western and
Eastern cultures can exist in the same solution while their
differences remain intact, undiluted.
North Korea poses
the same problem. America has tongue-lashed North Korea as
an "evil state," alienating its leader to acts of Bullyism and driving
wedges between the ability to negotiate by making North Korea a
serpent whose only remedy is beheading. This forces
a state of immiscibility upon the landscape, where North Korea is the
oil and America the water.
common antidote to Terrorism, won't work in Korea without devastating
ripple effects. Counter attacks on South Korea and Japan are
inevitable results of "oil and water" strategies. America is
being forced into finding a miscible solution where the Terrorism of
North Korea and the Vigilance of the West can swim in the same sea.
But as is the case
in Hottelet's article, there is no comment in the news reports
regarding North Korea of how Vigilance can be used to neutralize
Terrorism's negative dominance.
It appears to me
that the world needs to gather as one group of Parents of Vigilance
and cry out for the safety of the Children's Children's Children.
Since all politics
is about compromise in the present, politics is blinded to the future.
"Making the deal now," take precedence over the solidity of that deal
downline. In 1994 we made a "deal" with North Korea.
That "deal" served the immediate needs of politics by defusing a
hostile situation. Now, that hostility has reared its head
In 1991, following
the Gulf War, we made a deal with Saddam Hussein. Now, that
"deal" is collapsed.
When we try to
suffocate rather than assimilate Terrorism into our political "deal
making," we only put a band aide on the problem. It
festers and erupts again and again.
We need Realpolitik
rather than just politics--politics based on practical and
material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives
The most practical and
material factors upon which all decisions should be made must target
on the safety and security of the children's children's children.
This is the miscible
solution in which varied cultural differences can coexist in harmony.
It means we must
recognize that Terrorism is part of our human nature, and that we must
train ourselves and our thinking to manage the Beast of Terror so that
he does not consume the present at the expense of the future.
Up to a certain point,
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency have values. When they
cross over a certain line, they become deficits, for they begin to
rule behavior rather than motivate it.
Fear of failure often
fires the need to muster the Courage to succeed.
Intimidation of others creates the bedrock for building
self-confidence and character. Complacency forces one to
take a position for or against something that no longer can be
But unless checked
by Vigilance--what's right for the Children's Children's
Children--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency can turn toxic, as they
have in Iraq and North Korea.
We suffer in this
world, I believe, by not recognizing or applying the Vigilance
Formula--Courage minus Fear plus Conviction minus Intimidation, plus
Right Actions minus Complacency EQUALS Vigilance for the Children's
If nations and
nations' leaders were to apply this formula to all their strategies,
and insist on each member of their nation to subscribe to the Pledge
of Vigilance, then Realpolitik would dominate "appeasement politics."
We feed the Beast of Terror by not attempting to embrace
it, to give it the right to exist as part of our humanity,
but in a state of subservience--one percent less than
our quest for Vigilance.
who teach a child it is okay to be afraid, okay to be
intimidated, okay to feel complacent are on the right
track to making Terrorism a miscible part of daily life.
But they can't stop there. To give Vigilance the
edge over Terrorism, they must also teach the child that
it's more important to feel at least one percent more
Courage over Fear, or one percent more Conviction over
Intimidation, or take one percent more Right Actions over
Complacency. They need to remind their
child or children that Terrorism is a tool to achieve
Vigilance, and anyone who abuses Terrorism is threatening
the future of the children.
Now, such an approach does not limit a nation to enjoying
its cultural beliefs, or forces it subscribe to any global
dogma. It doesn't give the right to any nation to
impose a particular brand of government on any one, or
to suggest their way is the right way.
Vigilance is the only way.
is the miscible solution, the one where the positive charge
precedes the negative, where order is restored to chaos,
and where the safety of the children's children's children
is the only decision worth making.
Start today to make the miscible solution work in your
Become a Parent of Vigilance.
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