“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”—Thomas Paine I admit that for me, to pray for our Minority President and his generals and their approach to Afghanistan– —to meditate such that I can think …
What Is a Martyr
Alas, Martyr and Military Mindsets are not only prevalent in all military and terrorist organizations, but also in educational, religious, corporate, athletic, and “service” organizations around the world. (So yes, we dads have a big job ahead of us if we are to dissolve such global mindsets.)
Since our organization is Dads Against Martyr and Military Mindsets it seems only fair to define, at least briefly, broadly, the character and qualities of the mindset that we are against. So okay, briefly, in our understanding a martyr and/or military mindset is:
1. An “Us Against Them” view of the world. An “Us against Them” interpretation of events, large or small, makes “them” the enemy and “us” the good guys. It’s that simplistic, dualistic view of the world (mindset) that inevitably leads to an “us” as good guy victims and “them” as bad guy perpetrators. The fundamental problem with this mindset is that both sides hold it!
2. Martyr and military mindsets assume that “our” forceful and deadly actions will somehow lead to “their” cessation of forceful and deadly actions. The problem with this view is that the means and the ends are always (always, always) the same. Forceful and deadly actions always lead, sooner or later (more often sooner) to further forceful and deadly actions, no matter which side uses them.
3. A martyr and military mindset willingly subordinate one’s own deepest life spark (personal conscience, personal integrity, personal choice) to the demands of an hierarchical authority, be that authority political, religious or social. The problem with such subordination of personal choice is that the world community has recognized and made into international law (at Nuremberg, in the trials of Nazi war criminals,) the principle that a person is always responsible for his own actions no matter what orders he has been given or systems to which he belongs. Personal conscience trumps organizational will, except in martyr and military mindsets!
4. Elevating personal economic considerations and values above communal (universal) well-being is a common thread of the martyr and military mindset. In other words, both soldiers and martyrs get paid for what they are doing, and such pay is often their secret primary motivation, though publicly they claim patriotism and/or service to God.
In other words, the “martyr and military mindset” in a mindset that allows one to NOT
• Love one’s neighbor as one’s self (i,e., love one’s enemy)
• Go the extra mile
• Recognize the reality of a single, deeply related, planetary human family
• Recognize and honor the One (loving) reality from which all manifestation emerges.
So that’s a brief overview of our understanding the “martyr and military mindset.” We believe such a mindset was the prevailing mindset of the last two millenniums. What kind of mindset do we propose instead? To clearly see and describe that, we might need another two millenniums. That’s okay. We’ll take it a day at a time.