Aug 02

What is the opposite of terrorism?

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11/2001 coming up, I thought it might be a good idea to resurrect the old TOOT project.  TOOT was one response This blog to the fear, hatred and  hopelessness many of us experienced in the aftermath of 9/11, and that we still experience today. I invite you to explore this site, and …

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Sep 08

Waging Peace- new book

Here is a book from the Charter for Compassion site. David Hartsough knows how to get in the way. He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, …

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Aug 31

Buddhist Extremist Threaten to Unleash Tranquility


From our friends at The Onion WASHINGTON—In a 45-minute video posted on Tibetan websites Thursday, Tsuglag Rinpoche, leader of the Buddhist extremist group Kamma??h?na, threatened to soon inflict a wave of peace and tranquility on the West. Speaking in front of a nondescript altar surrounded by candles, burning sticks of incense, and a small golden …

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Aug 27

The heart of terrorism and its opposites

There are many ways to think about the opposites of terrorism, and what follows came from thinking about what lays at the heart of terrorism, and taking the opposite. 

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Aug 20

Simply abandon false views

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One of the major causes of things we think of as terrorism–or  as similar to terrorism–is the terrorist holding a strong view about how things are; We are right and you are wrong God is on my side and you are an “evil doer.” I have the right to hit or kick or kill you. …

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Aug 18

Seeing “what is” as the opposite of terrorism

When we started looking at the opposites of terrorism, I was amazed at how many different opposites there were, and how different they could be.  When we started thinking about how to present TOOT to others, we were trying to find a bumper sticker definition of the opposites. The best I could come up with …

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Aug 21

Julie Andrews as TOOT???

I just found an article on Elevationism: The Opposite of Terrorism. The ideas in that article made me think of the following as something sort of similar to my idea of TOOT.  And whether it is TOOT or not, it is fun.  And sometimes makes me cry.

Aug 21

Elevationism: Another Approach to TOOT

The Opposite of Terrorism: Elevationism by JEREMY MCCARTHY on 02. AUG, 2011 in FACTS OF LIFE, MAKING A BETTER WORLD The recent World Congress for the International Positive Psychology Association happened immediately following the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred in Norway, taking the lives of dozens of people and devastating many many more.  As I mentioned last week, a comment was made …

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Aug 05

Everybody wants to be happy, nobody wants to suffer

I think the Dali Lama said that once, and whether he did or not, it helps to remember it. It is easy to think that “those other people” are crazy, insane, and not at all like us.  They are inhuman, less than human, bat-shit crazy terrorists. Of course, we might be talking about members of …

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Aug 01

What Norway’s terror teaches us about Islamophobia and online hate

One of the factors that got us thinking about “the opposites of terrorism” was the realization that the Bush administration’s reaction to 9/11 was based in the same mind-set that lead to the attacks themselves.  It was as if Bush was pushing us to become our enemies. The recent terrorist attacks in Norway appear to be based …

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