Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World

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This inspired collection offers a new paradigm for moving the world beyond violence as the first, and often only, response to violence. Through essays and poetry, prayers and mediations, Transforming Terror powerfully demonstrates that terrorist violence--defined here as any attack on unarmed civilians--can never be stopped by a return to the thinking that created it. A diverse array of contributors--writers, healers, spiritual and political leaders, scientists, and activists, including Desmond Tutu, Huston Smith, Riane Eisler, Daniel Ellsberg, Amos Oz, Fatema Mernissi, Fritjov Capra, George Lakoff, Mahmoud Darwish, Terry Tempest Williams, and Jack Kornfield--considers how we might transform the conditions that produce terrorist acts and bring true healing to the victims of these acts. Broadly encompassing both the Islamic and Western worlds, the book explores the nature of consciousness and offers a blueprint for change that makes peace possible. From unforgettable firsthand accounts of terrorism, the book draws us into awareness of our ecological and economic interdependence, the need for connectedness, and the innate human capacity for compassion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520251021
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2011
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Karin Lofthus Carrington is a psychotherapist, consultant, writer, and teacher whose work focuses on the interrelationship of psychology, spirituality, and social conscience. She developed curriculum for the graduate program in Transpersonal Psychology at John F. Kennedy University,
served as adjunct faculty for the Masters program in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate University, and was the psychological consultant to the American Women's Annapurna Expedition. Susan Griffin, whose best selling book A Chorus of Stones was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was named by the Utne Reader as one of the new millennium's 100 most important visionaries. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a MacArthur Foundation grant for Peace and International Cooperation.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Archbishop Desmond Tutu xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction Susan Griffin Karin Lofthus Carrington 1

Part 1 A Deeper Look 5

1 Terror and Terrorism 7

Civilian Casualties: The New Frontline Susan Griffin 9

A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War Susan Griffin 15

Statement of the Under-Secretary-General at the Open Meeting of the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, June 28, 2006 Jan Egeland 16

U.S. Nuclear Terrorism Daniel Ellsberg 19

"The Truth of War" Chris Hedges 26

Afternoon Yannis Ritsos 27

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons George P. Shultz William J. Perry Henry A. Kissinger Sam Nunn 28

The First Car Bomb Mike Davis 32

Radiation and Children: The Ignored Victims Cindy Folkers Mary Olson 34

Casida of the Lament Federico García Lorca 37

An Injured Child Jennifer Abrahamson 38

From "Remarks at the Stockholm International Forum on Genocide Prevention" Samantha Power 43

Beyond the War on Terror: Understanding Reflexive Thought George Lakoff 43

The American Psyche after September 11 Nathan Scbwartz-Salant 46

On Religion and Terrorism Huston Smith 50

The Spiritual Source of Islam Tariq Ramadan 51

Terrorism: Theirs and Ours Eqbal Ahmad 53

Solidarity Against All Forms of Terrorism Vandana Shiva 58

Lynched for No Offense Ida B. Wells-Barnett 61

The Fiqh Council of North America, Fatwa Issued on July 28, 2005 61

Invocation for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for 9/11 Nathan D. Baxter 63

I Have Come to This Earth Hafiz 65

2 An Unbearable Heartache: Trauma, Violence, and Memory 67

The Aftermath of Violence: Trauma and Recovery Judith Herman 69

Writings for a Liberation Psychology Ignacio Martín-Baró 76

Ghosts and Echoes: Reflections after 9/11 Robin Morgan 76

Be Ahead of All Parting Rainer Maria Rilke 80

The Deeper Wound Deepak Chopra 81

The Key to My Neighbor's House: Seeking justice in Bosnia and Rwanda Elizabeth Neuffer 83

Just One Story Jodie Evans 83

Unfolding Nelly Sachs 85

The Hidden Damage of Nuclear Weapons Terry Tempest Williams 86

The Diary of a Political Idiot: Normal Life in Belgrade Jasmina Tešanovic 87

Under Bombardment in Beirut Mahmoud Darwish 87

I Just Missed the Bus and I'll Be Late for Work Ariel Dorfman 91

Interrupted Subjects Helene Shulman Lorenz 92

"Not a Pass" Lenke Rothman 98

Peace Spojmai Zariab 98

Shantideva's Prayer 100

We Are Fields before Each Other St. Thomas Aquinas 101

3 Denial, Dogma, and the Heroic Myth 102

How to Cure a Fanatic Amos Oz 104

The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness Erich Fromm 110

A Ritual to Read to Each Other William Stafford 111

Terror Comes Full Circle Martha Harrell 112

He Would Need Some Shoes Joan Didion 117

"Thoughts for the Times on War and Death" Sigmund Freud 118

Our Culture's Divided Soul Howard Teich 119

The Denial of Death Ernest Becker 125

The Verbal Weapon of Mass Destruction Robert H. Ressler 125

Speech Opposing the Post-9/11 Use of Force Pact, September 14, 2001 Barbara Lee 130

Against Certainty Jane Hirshfield 132

Another Kind of Heroism Susan Dominus 133

On Vulnerability and the Sukkah of Shalom Rabbi Arthur Waskow 135

Part 2 Paths to Transformation 139

4 In a Dark Time: The Wisdom in Grief, Fear, and Despair 141

Healing Through the Dark Emotions in an Age of Global Threat Miriam Greenspan 143

"An Interview by David Montenegro" Carolyn Forché 149

In a Dark Time Theodore Roethke 150

Thoughts in the Presence of Fear Wendell Berry 151

"The Testing-Tree" Stanley Kunitz 155

Seeing Red: In a Dark Night of the American Soul Aaron Kipnis 155

A Terrible Love of War James Hillman 161

Morphologies of Silence Joan Miura 162

Overcoming Cruelty Sharon Salzberg 167

Eulogy for the Martyred Children Martin Luther King 171

5 Truth Telling and Justice 173

General Assembly of the United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights 175

Naming the Perpetrator Terri Jentz 180

There Was No Farewell Taha Muhammad Ali 187

Facing the Inferno: Transforming Terror into Tenderness Morgan Farley 188

Half-Life of a Despot Ariel Dorfman 192

Moby Dick Herman Melville 194

Crises of the Republic Hannah Arendt 194

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg 194

The Tenacity of Memory (La Tenacidad de la Memoria) Claudia Bernardi 195

A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers Lawrence Weschler 203

Rape as a War Crime Theodor Meron 203

The Key to My Neighbor's House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda Elizabeth Neuffer 207

The Most Reverend Frank T. Griswold, Facing into Truth 208

Zoroastrian Prayer 212

6 Reclaiming Our Selves: Gender and Violence 213

Terror, Domination, and Partnership Riane Eisler 215

The Crowned Cannibals Reza Baraheni 222

The Mind as Erotic Weapon Fatema Mernissi 223

The Birth of Pleasure Carol Gilligan 229

A Woman's Side of the Story Leila Ahmed 229

Please Listen to the Women of Iraq Zainab Salbi 236

Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan Melody Ermachild Chavis 237

Behind Bars Fadwa Tuqan 238

Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link between Masculinity and Violence Myriam Miedzian 239

She Cannot Be Lost to Me Karin Lofthus Carrington 239

"Joining Prayers" Agnes Baker Pilgrim 245

Serenity Gabriela Mistral 246

Acceptance Speech, Nobel Peace Prize Shirin Ebadi 247

Prayer of the Virgin of Guadalupe 251

7 Compassion and the Interdependence of Peace 252

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Compassion as the Pillar of World Peace 254

Them to Us Daniel Goleman 257

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation Daniel J. Siegel 266

Falling Bodies Alice Walker 267

Forgive Us Yoko Ono 269

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? Martin Luther King 270

Sustainability, Security, and Peace Fritjof Capra 270

Wilenska Czeslaw Milosz 277

On Forgiveness Jack Kornfield 279

Good Friday World Anne Lamott 282

A Heart as Wide as the World Sharon Salzberg 285

A Task Czeslaw Milosz 286

The Table of Peace Terry Tempest Williams 287

The Courage to Wait Pema Chödrön 290

Buddhist Meditation on Compassion 294

In My Soul Rabia of Basra 295

8 Paths to Transformation 296

Hope in the Dark Rebecca Solnit 297

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion Marshall B. Rosenberg 304

Nonviolence: Weapon of the Brave, Weapon of the Future Michael N. Nagler 311

"Ahimsa or the Way of Nonviolence" Mohandas Gandhi 317

Candles in Babylon Denise Levertov 318

On Citizen Diplomacy Dulce Murphy 319

A New World Diplomacy Václav Havel 325

On Courage and Resistance Susan Sontag 328

"War Crimes Tribunals May End Impunity but They Can't Heal Hatred" Archbishop Desmond Tutu 334

The Courage to Love Adelaide Donnelley 334

At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace Claude Anshin Thomas 337

The Greatest Danger Joanna Macy 337

Thanks but No Thanks Bokara Legendre 340

The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty Peter Singer 344

The Generation of Trust Tyrone Cashman 344

Prayer Carolyn Forché 349

"Loud Peace" Cathy Schwartzman Lawrence 350

Hindu Prayer for Peace 351

Contributor Biographies 353

Credits 363

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