Be it the recent bombings of Beirut or Paris, and all subsequent violence since the world began in the name of this, that, and the other, those doing it are not martyrs. There is no religion here. There is no secularity here. All ideologies are a smokescreen as to what is really going on. For what is really going on is that there is the deep inward violent activity of self-loathing individuals projecting out that violence upon individual victims like casting a shadow up against the sun.
News reporting is all superficial and never gets around to explaining the root of the problem because their only goal is to profit from shock. News reporting is and has always been free snuff movies capturing a curious public for ratings that result in those networks getting richer through what Marx called “Forced Consciousness.” Amidst all this confusion the term martyr gets thrown around and mixed with the word suicide. We hear the term suicide bombers everyday as if they are martyrs when G. K. Chesterton clearly states that, “The suicide denies all life, while the martyr affirms it.”
So exactly what is true martyrdom? It is this: causing no one violence in the process of being peace itself, and paying for it with your life. The martyr cannot carry in his or herself any cognitive dissonance whatsoever. They cannot be onward Christian soldiers, suicide bombers, secular revolutionaries, or any other cause oriented ideological zealots. The martyr’s cause is to renounce cause itself and be peace and the hero of hostility by resisting all violence both from without and from within. And it must start from within first.
A great example in the Ancient world would be what Tertullian describes in Pre-Constantinian Christianity as, “The Church was built upon the blood of the Saints and the Martyrs.” In modern times it would be the killing of Gandhi. Today it would be the Human Shield Movement from those who have chosen to lay themselves on the line to protect others without taking a life to do it. There are many more examples throughout history as laid out in Fox’s Book of Martyrs.
The whole point in all of this is that we must recognize that those who do violence to others are projecting the level of hate they have in themselves. It is not anymore complicated than that. That is the microcosmic level. When enough individuals refuse to deal with their hate it turns into a collective violence on the macrocosmic level and gets bigger news, which in turn sells more advertising. Meanwhile, the word terrorist is thrown around as red herring bait to stir up the pot, all the while ignoring what Pat Buchanan said has caused the problem in the first place which is, “United States intervention is the incubator for terrorism.”
Even to those who agree with Buchanan’s premise may miss the root of the problem. We are the problem. That problem is expressed in the public policy of the American Empire. Even those of us who are innocent of innocent blood, can still be guilty by the sin of omission of doing nothing to be human shields. Which all begs the question as to what martyrs are made of. Oh yes we can agree that violence is wrong and still miss the issue of the violence we carry around in us that contributes to a lethal atmosphere that can explode into self-loathing projection at any moment.
The danger in all of this is that we live in a perpetual state of denial by refusing to point the finger at ourselves and begin the process of healing. We just won’t do it. No Sir! We are too damn proud. And so the parade of blood and tears continues and we miss the greatest opportunity of all, and that is to actually be a martyr both in life and death enveloped in love for others that is an ecstasy beyond compare.
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