The Problem of “Too Late”
A very good friend of mine, author of After Iraq, has written an article on ISIS. He sent me an advanced copy for review and critique. Because it is a pre-print copy, I can’t provide you with a link to it, but I thought I would post my reply to him.
Basically, my response states that the decision for peace or war is out of our hands now. We call such situations “intractable”. We like to think we have the freedom to choose one course of action over another, but there is a law of fatal consequence that cannot be so easily gainsayed. It is called the karmic law, and we will follow it whether we will or no.
So, here is my response to his article…
Owen Jones has an interesting article on ISIS in The Guardian
As we discussed on the phone… the roots of the troubles go back to WWI, and more directly, of course, to the Iraq War. But what’s to choose between? The petty-minded against the small-souled, the bigot against the fanatic. A pox on both their houses.
It was the inevitable consequence of the Iraq War, and it’s unfolding according to an iron law of consequence. Colin Powell was quite right in saying “you break it, you own it”. But he didn’t have the balls to act on what he knew to be right until it was too late.
There’s the problem: “too late”. That’s our general problem isn’t it? Why do we come to our senses only too late? Only the Buddha knew.
What’s the end game of “the war on terror”? The best that can be expected of it is mutual exhaustion and attrition. But the karmic law will be fulfilled — as ye sow, so shall ye reap. All this has become a fate for us. We simply missed the opportunity to avoid it and now it’s too late. We’ll all have to pass through the crucible.
Too late, too late, too late.
We have all, without exception, now become the tools and fools of fate. There is no controverting the law, and the law is that “the sins of the fathers shall be visited down to the third and fourth generations”. The law is not whimsy. The law is not arbitrary. It is also part of “fourfold vision” and is the karmic law. The “sins of the fathers” law also describes the mandala of time’s action.
I have no doubt that when people say they “know right from wrong” that they do in fact know it. That’s not the problem. The problem is they fail to act on the right they do know, and so their knowledge of right and wrong is not just useless. It’s worse than useless. It’s the tangled webs we weave of fateful quandry and quagmire.
If we weren’t such a narcissistic species, we would see clearly how our own thoughts and acts weave the fabric of such quandries and quagmires and intractable fate. But we always come to ourselves too late.