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Created: September 25, 2001
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Rambo and the Dalai Lama
Index of Essays on Gordon Fellman

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors: September 2001.
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Maybe we should send President Bush
a copy of Rambo and the Dalai Lama

Journal entry by Michelle Marshall, CSUDH

On Monday, September 24, 2001, Michelle Marshall, CSUDH, wrote:

From: "Michelle M. Harley" Dear Jeanne,
Re: Paradigm Shift: Week 2 Readings

The topics of adversarialism and mutuality are very timely subjects to be studying during the world's crisis. Maybe we should send a copy of Fellman's book to President Bush or some of his advisors.

I am submitting my definition of the shift in my own words. Adversarialism and Mutuality are both inevitable forces that guide human behavior and attitudes. Adversarialism is more public, in the arenas of politics and law where opposition often takes precedent over paramount topics at hand. Winning becomes the ultimate goal, so the losing side has to submit to the winner.

Mutuality is the opposite of opposing, and mutuality is characterized by a sense of love for others as well as self, a desire to be connected with one another in a world of peace and harmony. Is this an unrealistic fantasy?

Fellman suggests that a shift comprising a balance of the two paradigms could start with an appreciation for each of the paradigms. He also mentions that the appreciation of such a balance at some point will be necessary for our survival.

Michelle Marshall

On Monday, September 24, 2001, jeanne responded:

Michelle, that is very well said. I think perhaps we should send a copy of Rambo and the Dalai Lama to President Bush. Perhaps such an explanation of the underlying part of our faith that says "Thou shalt not kill." would help to subdue his anger and temper our response to September 11.

I would like us to discuss the extent to which your suggestion, that we send a copy of our text to Bush, reflects our earlier discussions of complicity through denial. In this case, I suspect that the denial of the merciful part of most religions serves to make us complicit in our appeal to adversarialism. In this case, does it make sense to adopt a position of "I want him dead or alive, even if it ultimately kills us all"? Does this give you a hint as to why World Conflicts, in our Table of Contents, is divided into:

  • Present danger
  • Long term effects
  • History . . . ?

love and peace, jeanne