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Terrorism is the Symptom; Imperialism is the Cause

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9. Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Do not utter words that cause division and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things of which you are not sure. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.

10. Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community, however, should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

11. Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation that helps realize your ideal of compassion.

12. Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.

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13. Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others, but prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other species on Earth.

14. Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument. Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. (For brothers and sisters who are not monks and nuns:) Sexual expression should not take place without love and commitment. In sexual relationships, be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings.

From "Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism," Revised edition: Oct. 1993 by Thich Nhat Hanh, published by Parallax Press, Berkeley, California.

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Today is September 11, 2018. We should constantly remind ourselves and not block it out of our consciousness that there was a massive terrorist cover-up 17 years ago, and what are we doing about it? Does anyone care? It is easy to fall into the fog of all of this, but we have to wake up. Philosophy and Theology Professor David Ray Griffin's books about 9/11 make him my all time favorite hero. He is a wise man, and I hope he can live for many more years.

From wikipedia: The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11)[a] were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda [2][3][4] against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. [5][6] Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

Roger Copple has written mostly for www.OpEdNews.com (70 articles). He has a website called www.NowSaveTheWorld.com .

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