Ten of Swords — Spiritual Message of the Day
Two days ago I related the message of the Five of Wands to the recent death of Osama bin Laden. So when the Ten of Swords came up today as the Card of the Day I naturally recalled that recent post and was inspired to write about our cultural fascination with war, violence, and inhumanity to our fellow beings.
It is imperative that we humans reevaluate that fascination. That mindset and its associated actions, even when perpetrated half a world away or even when merely portrayed on the silver screen, echoes back upon us as it becomes ever further ingrained in our cultural psyche when we accede to it and are complicit in it. Another way to consider this is first to consider that in numerology, the number TEN reduces to the number ONE (1 + 0 = 1), which connects the concepts of Self and Community. In this case, we see that due to our essential Oneness, whatever we do to another person, we also do to ourselves. In the famous words of John Donne:
“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
(This quote is from Meditation XVII, “No man is an island,” in Donne’s book, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions.)
It is true that neither you nor I acting individually can stop war, end gun violence in America, or diminish the popularity of gratuitous violence in our entertainment industry. However, we can, each one of us, make a bit of difference, which adds up. We can become more peaceful — be the change we want to see in the world. We can withhold our attention and our patronization of violent-themed entertainment, and we can counter anger with compassion and meanness with kindness.
So today, when violent thoughts arise, acknowledge them, but then dismiss them replacing them with peaceful ones.
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