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Lions Roar : May 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2008 28 world in order to purify and recreate it in some sort of perfect form. Often we think of our opponents, like bin Laden and oth- ers, as manifesting apocalypticism, but we’ve got our share of it at home. Some of the Christian radical right press for Arma- geddon—an end of the world so that the world can be recreated and Jesus can return. That sounds wild, but it’s not absent from the centers of power. There is also a secu- lar apocalypticism on the part of people in high places who aren’t necessarily religious but who feel the need for American hege- mony in the world and for the destruction of all that interferes with the reconstruction of the world in a perfect American form. You say this idea of purification and renew- al is the foundation of all totalitarianism. Yes, all totalitarian societies are societies that call upon an apocalyptic idea that involves destroying all that is impure. Of course, they define what constitutes impurity in their own ways—communists might define it one way, fascists another way, and reli- gious fanatics still another. But they all have in common the idea of recreating the world in some form of self-defined perfection. You once said that survivors of atrocities go one of two ways. They either shut down and become incapacitated or they confront their experiences and derive insight from them. What is the insight survivors can potentially gain? Usually it has to do with suffering and evil. If survivors have the strength, they can draw upon their knowledge and find meaning in the destructive force. Then they can engage in a survivor mission to- ward helping the world avoid that kind of event again. A good example is Hiroshima survivors who have found a survivor mis- sion by traveling around the world to warn people about what nuclear weapons can do. There have also been parallel examples of Vietnam veterans back in the 1970s who were able to reveal the truth about their war and take a stand against it. But what makes one survivor go one way and another survivor go the other? VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONLINE GALLERY www.shambhalasun.com or call toll-free: 1-877-786-1950 ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT OUR MOVE TO ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE PAPER WITH RECYCLED CONTENT AND CERTIFIED BY THE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL. THE SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION AN INDEPENDENT, NONPROFIT CORPORATION, PUBLISHERS OF THE SHAMBHALA SUN AND BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY Up to 35% off the regular price of the stunningly beautiful giclée prints of dharma art from the pages of our magazines. All prints are archival quality. You’ll find artwork by renowned artists such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Hassan Massoudy, Jakusho Kwong-roshi, Don Farber, and Chögyam Trungpa. ff tthheee of tthheee utiffuuull nts oooff froom m m m es oooff ineess.. hivvaaall finnddd wneeddd ch aass Hannhhh,, ouddyy,, oshhii,, , annddd ngppaaa.. VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONL AM Bring Home theArt You Love FROM the PAGES of the SHAMBHALA SUN SPRING SALE – UP TO 35% SAVINGS Now is the time to enrich your world with art that expresses the dharma. Available now at significant savings at www.shambhalasun.com MAY 18-41.indd 28 MAY 18-41.indd 28 3/6/08 11:17:16 AM 3/6/08 11:17:16 AM