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Sunday, March 28,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 928
Generational Vigilance Beats The Beast Of Terror
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Mar. 28, 2004 -- Yesterday I had
the opportunity to witness two generations of Vigilance battling the
Beast of Terror.
Terrorism and ready to perform Acts of Vigilance
Since Terrorism is the sum of one's Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency, anything that combats these Triads of
Terrorism and shoves them into the shadows has to be an Act of
Vigilance: has to be sunlight spearing into the heart of
darkness, has to be Courage percolating in the tar pits of Fear, has
to be Conviction wrestling Intimidation back into the briars and
brambles from whence it is born, and has to be the fruition of Right
Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children plowing over
the weed-choked fields of Complacency that try to embalm the life out
of purpose and drive.
Long story short, I visited two
friends in two different events.
The first were a guy and a gal who happen to work in
law enforcement. They were running a race in Central
Park, an annual event that pits the NYPD and the FDNY in a fund
They raced directly after the Olympic
qualifications for the USA Men's 8K Championships.
I promised them I would take
qualification race for the USA men's 8K preceded my friends' race
What I found interesting was the wide range of
runners. Just before the police and firemen ran, the
finest runners in the USA tore up the pavement in Central Park.
Following them, were the "finest and bravest" of New York City.
Men and women of all ages, from the silver-haired to the cherub
cheeked, sprinted and rushed toward the finish line.
These Sentinels of Vigilance
fight the Beast of Fire and Crime each day. They put their lives
at risk in a variety of ways and are magnified as icons in the
public's eye so that if they err or falter as human beings their
careers can be crushed by one wrong action. It isn't an
easy tightrope for them to walk, yet they do.
And, on a rainy, overcast Saturday they took a good chunk of
their precious day off and ran for the benefit of fallen comrades.
This Generation of Sentinels who
protect the Children and their Parents from the Beast of Crime and
Fire made the hair on my neck stiffen as I shot pictures of their
faces rushing toward the finish line. I thought of how the
public sleeps in calm and peace because these men and women patrol the
streets at night, warning the Beast of Terror to not penetrate the
borders or it will face the harshest of retaliation.
Following this event, I took my
camera to the oldest continuously operating music school in the United
States, the Third Street Music School, in the East Village.
Street Music School Settlement is the oldest continually operated
music school in America
Another friend had asked if I would take
pictures of the event. It was a recital for children from
ages five upward playing in a music auditorium to help them overcome
any Fear, Intimidation or Complacency they might have about
Musical recitals are great challenges to the Beast of Terror
who loves to make children feel afraid and intimidated.
Teaching a child the elements of Courage, Conviction and Right Actions
for future generations requires great patience and tolerance, and
supreme dedication to certain disciplines of achievement such as
practice and performance.
I went to capture the essence
of these young performers, of all races, creeds, ethnicities who
represent the melting pot of New York City lifestyle, but, who also
represent the future of the world.
Music, the most common language globally, is alleged to be
able to tame the Beast. The most famous example is
the violin music played to quell Mary Shelly's Frankenstein Beast.
From the one
of the youngest to one of the...
We often forget that our communication
attempts in outer space include musical notes, harmonics, that tend to
express feelings through emotional context rather than clumsy words
that often become misunderstood.
music quelled the Beast of Terror
These young children were, in my opinion, The Beast Tamers.
They were learning how to quell the Beast of Terror with their violins
and cellos and violas just as surely as the older Generation of
Firemen and Police were with guns and hoses.
I was experiencing Generational
There was a passing down of duty and
responsibility from one generation to another, in different form and
substance, but with the same singular goal: to drive the Beast
of Terror far from the playgrounds of the Children.
musicians took up their Swords and Shields of Vigilance and played
And, the children in the music
school were taking up their Swords and Shields of Vigilance, putting
music out where Terrorism might have once found firm footing, only to
find that firmness foiled by the children's desire to protect their
world with Beauty rather than the ugliness of the Beast.
Yes. I saw Generational
Vigilance at work.
All whom I saw yesterday were
Children, Parents, and Loved Ones of Vigilance. Join them.
Take the Pledge of Vigilance today.