The Eyes of Vigilance have come into existence after a million minutes
since Nine Eleven. Find out how you can see the Beast of Terror
better with the Eyes of Vigilance.
31, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 718
After A Million Minutes: The
Eyes Of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Aug. 31, 2003-- Today
is the Eve of Vigilance. It is the last day of August.
It hallmarks the Month of Vigilance.
Two long years have passed since the
Terrorist attack of Nine Eleven, September 11, 2001.
For some, it seems like two
In many ways, it is forever for me.
I count each day, and sometimes each
minute, by the Clock of Vigilance. Thus far, from Ground Zero forward,
the hands have passed through 718 days and nights.
Moving at a rate of 1440 minutes per day, the total passage measured
at the rate of 60 seconds per unit, a total of 1,033,920 minutes from Ground Zero.
A lot can happen in a million minutes.
million minutes since Nine Eleven my new grandson was conceived - a
reminder that Hope can rise out of destruction
During that million
minutes a new grandson was conceived and born to our family.
Angus was conceived on or immediately after September 11, 2001.
He is a reminder of the Hope that rises out of the destruction, the
chaos of human nature.
As part of that million minutes, a
blackout smothered the northeast, reminding more than 60 million
people that all the conveniences of modern life can be wiped out in
virtual seconds, leaving us all to live with candles and ourselves.
Two wars have been fought, one in
Afghanistan, one in Iraq.
North Korea has rattled its nuclear
swords. Africa is in bloody turmoil again.
In the million minutes that have
passed since the Terrorist attack, I've risen each morning to write
and publish the VigilanceVoice. Combining all I have
written on Vigilance--about 2,000 words a day--I've produced over 1.4
million words--a little more than a Vigilant Word a minute since that
dark day on the Second Tuesday of September. I've learned
to spot Terrorism with the precision of an eagle noting the twitching
whiskers of a field mouse 2,000 feet below.
The world, as I see it, has taken on
a new complexion during the past one million Minutes of Vigilance.
We are hurling spaceships toward Mars, seeking to explore the far
reaches of space. Ironically, while we reach out to the stars
with one hand, our other hand squeezes the blood and guts of our
Taepodong Type I Missile is an example of that country's nuclear
Korea threatens to launch a nuclear weapons test, adding one more
player to the nuclear Russian Roulette gang who believe holding their
finger on the nuclear trigger enhances their ability to bully anyone
who tries to bully them. Sadly, they are right.
Mars, the fourth rock from the sun,
is glistening red in the sky--the closest it will be to Earth for
another 60,000 years. I see it as the symbol of human
blood spilled daily in the Middle East, Africa and other war-torn
sections of the world where Terrorism and Vigilance do battle.
Warriors fight one another in an endless battle of power between
cultural factions who refuse to give up the "old" for the peace of the
"new." The legacy goes back to when Caine bludgeoned Able
to gain power and respect out of envy and intimidation.
minutes later we still hunt the two chief Beasts of Terror
minutes later, we still hunt the two chief Beasts of Terror.
Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein appear to have escaped the Sword of
Vigilance. Their escape illustrates the difficulty of
They remain "at large," reminding us
that the Beast of Terror can live in myth as well as reality.
The million minutes of the past
year have changed me greatly. I look at the world through
When I do, I see the Beast of
Terror more clearly, as though the fog lifted from years of blindness.
I see Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency more vividly than ever before. I realize these
Triads of Terrorism--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--are the true
Terror threats to our nation, to all nations and peoples.
The Terrorism we need to fight against is not the attacks on the World
Trade Center, the Pentagon or the ill-fated flight 93 heading toward
the White House. Those acts of horror were the
outcroppings of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. The
seeds of the Weeds of Terror, not the weeds, must be attacked.
allow me to see the insidious nature of Terrorism
Vigilant Eyes, whose acuity has been
sharpened by daily honing of the Principles of Vigilance, allow me to
see the insidious nature of Terrorism's most seductive handmaiden,
Complacency seeks to
divert our attention away from the true sources of Terrorism. It
distracts us. It creates red herrings we chase down
Politics is one such form of
Terror-based Complacency. As the political debates begin
to storm, and the rhetoric becomes more vitriolic between contenders
for key power positions, I cringe. Grown men attack grown
men with venom of distrust and disgust, making them appear like liars
and cheats. By knocking down one's opponent the strategy is one
might rise above the victim's carcass and take command.
I hear little spoke about Vigilance in
politics. I hear little about the need for Courage,
Conviction and Right Actions for the Children's Children's Children to
defeat Terrorism's Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
Instead, politics feeds Terrorism. I hear only about
ugliness of the other's actions, and how unless he or she is defeated,
the people will be raped, pillaged and plundered.
I wonder how we will ever
learn to evolve if we listen to the same story over and over.
When people try to make one another wrong so they can be right, they
rise to power on the bodies of their enemies, not on the virtue of
The Romans set the
example. On the steps of the Senate they sank their
daggers into Caesar's back and rose to power with his blood on their
I shudder thinking the
children of this nation will be subject to the brutality of political
Terrorism, watching the men and women who lead them--their alleged
leaders, role models--slinging dung and throwing rocks like bullies at
others. The lesson to the child: to rise above the pack,
one must eviscerate his or her enemy in public.
minutes of Vigilance hasn't cured the Terrorism of politics
"Never hit a man when
he's down," the child learns, "kick him, it's easier."
A million minutes of Vigilance
hasn't cured the Terrorism of politics.
My Vigilant Eyes see the need
for us to change our rhetoric. We need to promote
Vigilance, not feed Terrorism.
I realize the need to start a
The platform of the party is
simple: to make decisions that benefit future generations,
specifically, the Children's Children's Children.
Politics tends to be the sum of
two poles--the conservatives versus the liberals. But in
between is something called the center. It is called,
Vigilance. It is about making decisions for the Children's
Children's Children. It is about judging things solely on their
economic, social, political, cultural and religious impact on future
generations, not on its impact tomorrow. Tomorrow is a
selfish decision. Future generational decisions are
In the million minutes since
the Terrorist attack, I see children differently. I see
their innocence gone.
Before Nine Eleven I saw children as
being born with a purity, an innocence that must be protected with all
our sinew put to work to hold back the calluses of time and experience
that harden their souls.
Eleven I realize the importance of teaching a child to be a
Sentinel of Vigilance
After Nine Eleven I realize the
importance of teaching a child to be a Sentinel of Vigilance.
I realize how important it is to let the child know about the presence
of the Beast of Terror, and how to deal with the Beast.
Children who are victims of Terrorism
walk into the Beast's jaw with unsuspecting innocence, whether it be
the hands of a child molester or the false expectations that the world
will be fair and just to the child.
The Eyes of Vigilance help me
realize that a child must learn to see the Beast of Terror in the
darkness and expose it as early as possible to the Sword and Shield of
Children who are not taught how
to turn Fear into Courage, or Intimidation into Conviction, or
Complacency into Right Action become children of the Beast, become his
Much has happened
in the past million minutes. The most powerful event of
all, however, has been the awareness of the world that Terrorism is
not going to pass. It will remain, as it always has, only it
will be on the horizon rather than hidden as it has been in the past.
reaching into outer space to explore the quintessence of Mars and
we must also reach into and explore the belly of the Beast of
Terrorism is like
Mars. People can see it. It is red, the color
of blood. It glimmers in the sky like a fiery eye, a
hostile eye, watching earth.
But Mars is not all
Terrorism can be
The earth has a
number of spaceships rocketing toward the Red Planet. We
are trying to conquer Mars, to understand its mysteries.
As we reach into
outer space to learn about space, so must we reach into the Beast of
Terror's belly here on earth and explore his entrails as we seek to do
the guts of Mars.
The billions of
dollars being spent on space exploration needs an equal amount spent
on Vigilance Exploration.
We all need to look
through the Lens of Vigilance, to learn to have Eyes of Vigilance.
If we don't learn how to spot Terrorism within ourselves, our
families, our communities, our regions, nations and the world, then
all the space exploration in the world won't really matter.
We must learn
how to focus the vision of the Eyes of Vigilance to teach children
to look at the Beast of Terror
Eyes of Vigilance will be
the gift the Children of Vigilance give us if we teach them how to see
what we have been so blinded to see. Teaching
children to look into the face of the Beast of Terror with Courage,
Conviction and Right Actions is the great lesson I've learned in the
past one million minutes.
Now, it is time to learn
how to focus that vision.