I am going off topic for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.  AE911Truth organization speaks only about the forensic evidence related to the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11.  What follows is my own experience.

The ride over the rough and narrow shoulders has me thinking about everyone who has wished me safety on the road or told me to “be safe out there.”  I do value my safety and want to be safe, so this is a tough post for me to write for people who care about me.  I know you care about me and want for me, and for all the people you love, to be safe.  


I am asking mostly questions here....

Are there times when culturally we consider it appropriate to set a lower priority for one’s own personal safety in order to protect the wellbeing of others?  Soldiers are asked to intentionally go into dangerous situations in order to protect the safety of others.  Firefighters and police officers have standard operation procedures to protect safety, and at the same time personal safety is one of many considerations when entering a burning building to save life and property.

My primary objective in deciding to ride my bike across the country is not protection of my personal safety.  While safety matters to me, my primary objective is raising awareness of the work of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.  Open honest discussion about what happened on 9/11 matters to me as much as my personal safety. 

I am concerned with security and safety for all people.  I am concerned about the safety of young soldiers (the age of my own sons), who have been sent to war under a pretext that is in serious question.  PTSD, traumatic brain injury, dismemberment and death – these are the risks we ask our soldiers to take as they go to war.   Is it too much to ask that we have an honest discussion about the pretext for war?  I am sad for the stresses on soldiers and their families as they face separation, uncertainty and injury.

I also have concern about the wellbeing of people - men, women, children, elderly - trapped in horrible conditions in war zones by no fault of their own.  The circle of people for whom I hold concerns for safety and security is broad.  Does my personal safety matter more than theirs?  If so, why?  What can we do together to protect everyone's safety?  Are you willing to speak with your neighbors and your elected representatives honestly, openly and respectfully about 9/11?  If not, why not?  

What else might be worth risking one’s personal safety?  How about the inalienable rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights amended to the United States Constitution?  These too are part of my 4000-mile prayer as I ride across the country.

I wish that broad public discussion about 9/11 and the wars could happen with less effort and risk.  For more than ten years I’ve tried, but my efforts have not yet been sufficiently effective.  Will this cross country bike ride effectively open discussion?  


I do know that facing challenging situations honestly and with respect and care for everyone involved is essential for healing.  How broadly can you, can we, expand our circle of care for the security, safety and well-being of others?

I expect that I've offered plenty to think about.  The wide spaces of Montana are not for the faint of heart.


I attended the Whitefish United Methodist Church service this morning.  I am grateful for their hospitality and their peace loving congregation.  Please remember to pray for the health and wellbeing of everyone we meet along the way.

 


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08/13/2012 9:21am

Those are some profound thoughts. I for one have been astounded by the moral cowardice of so many people who should definitely be "in the know" and have remained silent ... so many "well-respected" people in the media, for example. What are they afraid of? Losing their life? Losing their job? Sometimes the times call for that kind of courage. After all, we've just been suckered into a war based on lies. Bless you for having that kind of courage. I hope you don't mind but I'd like to repost this entry on my blog.

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Steve Cohn
08/13/2012 9:57am

I agree Jody-- we need a hero. All the brave people at AE911Truth, Zeitgeist, Loose Change, David Ray Griffin, Dr. Stephen Jones, David Chandler, Richard Gage, and everyone else behind the scenes, have laid out the facts of the case quite clearly at this point. The videos available today are clear and obvious.
Each of the newscasters, talk show hosts, musicians, actors/directors, comedians, etc., once learning of the likelihood of an inside job, make the decision to keep silent and never hint at it, per their instructions. It's pretty sad.
We need a media hero.

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Steve Cohn
08/13/2012 9:48am

“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”

― Albert Einstein

Well said, Rena! I love the sentiment behind this post.
"The circle of people for whom I hold concerns for safety and security is broad. Does my personal safety matter more than theirs? If so, why?" --This is the essential question we all should face, but few ever actually do. You could replace Safety with Wealth or Happiness just as well.
My first 30 years were dedicated to getting the most out of life for me personally, trying to maximize my happiness and enjoyment. But as of 1 year ago I decided to dedicate a good portion of my thoughts and energy into sharing my skills to get spread the truth about 9/11 to everyone, and quickly. Being an engineer, finding this org was perfect for me, and even on national conference calls with very smart people, my opinions and ideas were valued. Pam, your riding partner was the motivating force I needed to continue this pursuit of truth, as opposed to letting it fizzle out like most of my ventures.
Rena even you on the conference calls have been very calming and rational and necessary. I know ya'll needed to take this "break" and I am so happy for both of you for finding each other. Best of luck the rest of the way!

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08/13/2012 10:05am

Hi Rena - Thanks for the update and these thoughts. I've been away from the computer for a few days and am looking forward to catching up on your recent posts. Mike and I were in Kansas this past weekend. We are now certified BePeace "Rasurs" - peace teachers - able to teach the BePeace Foundations Course. We are also excited about helping to bring it into schools. We'll be working with the Rasur Foundation International as we proceed in this transformative work. All the best to you in yours, and we will of course stay in touch. Sending Love, Shar

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08/13/2012 12:16pm

Dear Rena and Pam,

You both are in my prayers, and I wish you safety and success. God is on your side.

Freeskier

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