|Article Overview: What
if you could laugh the Beast of Terror from the land?
About 1600 years ago St. Patrick is alleged to have driven the snakes
from Ireland. Some believe the "snakes" were symbolic of
the Beast of Terror. Today, the Irish have a "devilish"
humor, designed to keep the Beast at bay.
Wednesday, March 17,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 917
St. Patrick--Humorous Terror Hunter
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Mar. 17,
2004 -- There are a lot of myths about St. Patrick, including the one
where he chased all the snakes from England. But one of the
reality factors about St. Patrick's Day is that it teaches us all how
to laugh into the face of the Beast of Terror.
reminds us we can laugh in the face of the Beast of Terror
Anyone who knows someone of
Irish descent will eventually hear them talk about the "devil" inside
them. True Irish admit to having "a little bit of the
devil" within, and laugh about it.
Irish humor includes facing
one's "Beast" and treating it more like a leprechaun than a monster
from the depths of Hades.
In a way, St. Patrick reminds us that we can laugh into the face of
the Beast of Terror, for he is nothing more than "little tyrant"
trying to become a giant.
He uses Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency to drive any humor out of us, and make us cower in a
corner. The Irish, however, prefer to sic St. Patrick upon
the Beast and shoo him away with scolding words and jokes so bad the
Beast slams his hands over his ears to escape.
Back about 1600 years ago, St.
Patrick was a Catholic priest traveling around Ireland converting
pagans to Christianity. Celtic Druids didn't like what he
was doing and put him prison a number of times but Patrick escaped and
continued to convert the pagans.
Some call him the Sentinel of
But the Irish didn't abandon
their pagan roots.
The Irish keep
the devil within "laughing" distance
they have kept the "devil" on their shoulder, right where "it can be
As a Sentinel of Vigilance, I
like the idea of keeping the "devil" in sight. Alcoholics,
wary of falling complacent to their sobriety, promote keeping "the
drink a arm's length away" so they never forget what it can do once it
So, in a sense, do the
Irish keep the proximity of the "devil" within "laughing" distance so
it can't grow larger than a nuisance.
you don't keep an eye on the devil within, he can grow like cancer and
take over your whole being," said an Irish friend of mine, taking a
swig of Guinness and winking at me.
"If you don't
keep an eye on the devil within, he can grow........"
I like the idea of laughing at the Beast of Terror. If we
can get our children to laugh away Fear, Intimidation and Complacency
while ushering in Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for future
generations, we have accomplished a great deal.
In a way, we have
banished the "snakes" from Ireland. Many think the myth of
St. Patrick's driving away the snakes was symbolic of his efforts to
drive out paganism. In some ways, Terrorism is about
paganism. It's goal is not to grow and make prosperous the
future of the Children's Children's Children, but rather to sacrifice
them in the name of the present selfish agenda.
Terrorism is a taking
process. Vigilance is about giving and protecting those innocent
ones who cannot protect themselves.
The more you
laugh, the more you drive away the Beast of Terror
St. Patrick reminds us that we can stand tall against Terrorism.
We can drive the Snakes of Terrorism from our lands.
We can laugh the Beast of Terror out of his hold
The next time you
laugh, imagine the Beast of Terror getting upset. And, the more
you laugh, the more you drive the Beast away.
Mar 16--15,000 NYC
Third Graders Under Terror Attack