The Discovery Doctrine, Hill Country News August 10, 2016

Small B&W MG_6032By Chuck Robison

“Politics is the Entertainment Division of the Military Industrial Complex.” Frank Zappa

Somebody put an item on Facebook that said: Is 2016 being directed by Quentin Tarantino? As you look around where you are, is it hard to believe that what is happening in America, right now, makes any sense? Doesn’t it feel like some kind of bad movie which we all know is just a show?

It’s time to walk out of the movie theatre and ground ourselves in a healing reality. Today’s insanity came from someplace a long, long time ago.

In 1453 Pope Alexander VI, a Borgia, published The Doctrine of Discovery. Remember, at that time, all agreed that the world was flat, atoms were solid and the sun majestically glided across the sky every day. Very little created in that world view will hold up under the rules of today’s Quantum Universe. Chief among those is this Doctrine which entitled Christians exploring the world to dominate any “discovered” territories and the people inhabiting them. At that time all the white European Christians knew who they were and this Papal Doctrine made it clear that all non-whites were to be under the rule of the White Christian explorers.

Thus it came to pass that White Europeans dominated North America. It happened like a movie we have seen too many times on the evening news. A group of indigenous people hold land that has something of value in it and the White Christian Explorers know it and decide to take control of the land. It was expedient to kill anyone who was in the way. And we need look no further than the Middle East to see how we adhere to the Doctrine of Discovery in our relations in the world right up to this very minute.

Actually, we need look no further than the ”Indian Reservations” we currently use to store the people who are left after the largest known mass genocide in human history. It was the stated policy of the United States and of several of the individual states to eliminate Indians. Estimates of Native Americans killed in this 200-year state-and-church sponsored genocide range as high as 30,000,000 people. And we killed most of them with guns.

And to add additional color to our national saga, we imported African slaves to help with our Southern agricultural system.

This is in our past from the sins of our fathers and in our own National DNA, not to mention our National Karma. Attempting to reconcile what our ancestors did with whom we wish to become today is possible, but almost unimaginably difficult. “Reconciliation would be easier if the only problem were misunderstandings between two equal groups. But in 2016 racial differences remain in unequal standing, embodying unjust relationships between white people and people of every other color in the U.S. One must understand the problem of race relations in the U.S. as the exploitation of people of color and unequal access to power and resources.” Elona Street-Stewart.

We can get past this, slowly, and it will mean changing our minds about who we are. The American Myth is comforting to White People armed with attack weapons, but it is not the truth. We still act like White is best. In his great War Speech, H.I.M. Haile Selassie I addressed the United Nations in 1963 with this thought: “…until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; that until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; that until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; that until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.”

The first step is to use our 21st Century Quantum understanding of our religions to see each one of the 8 billion of us here today as a divine soul worthy of our recognition and respect. If we could just make that one change in our thinking, we would never consider “bombing the hell out of everyone” as our current Republican Presidential candidate promises us he will do to the Middle East just as soon as he is Inaugurated.

If we fail to make that change in our thinking, we will wander off into the tragedy of a 24 hour lighting nuclear war. And those of us left will be faced with starting all over again at about the point we were at 200 years ago. And then we will have to Discover who we are.

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