A recent Reuters story by Daniel Trotta quotes a study from Brown University that enumerates the cost of the Iraq war at $1.7 trillion plus $490 billion in veteran benefits and predicted the overall price tag could rise to $6 trillion over the next forty years, counting the interest on that long term debt.
Ouch. That smarts! Oh, wait, not for whoever profited from selling the weapons, got overpaid to mastermind the killing of 134,000 Iraqi civilians, plus whoever will be earning all that interest for decades to come.
War has always been good business for the elite. Incredibly, here in the 21st century, virtually no-one seriously connects this massive debt with... our national deficit! And no-one challenges the ridiculous idea that cutting social services, rather than warring is the way to prosperity. Or at least less poverty.
Steven Bucci, who as an assistant to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously urged that "action needed to be taken" relative to those non existent weapons of mass destruction, now states that if they'd had the foresight to see the actual cost and time they never would have gone in. That admission, you can bet, won't make headlines. And there will never be an apology from the failed decision makers or any connection between their decisions years ago and seniors losing their homes in 2013.
What about us? How willing are we to examine our decisions in light of how things turned out years later and actually learn from what happened? Much has been said about learning from history so we don't need to repeat it, and Jung wrote about dealing with things on the inside so they don't need to manifest on the outside. That's all very interesting but what does it add up to in our lives?
Accountability. Each of us is responsible for our decisions. Since those decisions and actions arise from our thinking and feeling, from our state of consciousness in other words, it seems like a wise investment to ensure that our state of consciousness is as clear as possible of myopic ego agendas.
So we come to the deep truth of the matter. Consciously expanding our awareness, coupled with an unflinching assessment of our lives, gives us the opportunity to constantly narrow the gap between intention and results. Some of us say we wish to live in a world of peace and love. Well, how have our past decisions contributed to that in our lives today, how can we "course correct" to create more of that good stuff, and how can we learn from the lessons that others refuse to learn from?
Truth never hurts, but lies sure do!