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Shari Arison

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The old world is collapsing around us. Not all at once, but in a process that started several years ago and is now reaching its climax. Like a wound that needs to be cleansed in order to heal, this climax is also accompanied by pain and suffering, by an infection that must be purged. This purging burns, causes pain, but this pain is essential. So that we can begin anew, we need to cleanse ourselves from what we do to ourselves, from what we do to each other, from what we do to our environment and to our world. The ever-growing aggression, the erupting wars, the collapsing economy, the poisoned air, the hostile media, the raging epidemics—all the plagues of the world are our infection. It is from these that we must free ourselves and heal ourselves in order to reach the new, the clean, the altered.

For too long humanity has acted with an outrageous lack of responsibility. We lost our balance and shifted our world out of balance. We wanted everything for ourselves. We failed to look at the overall picture and did not take into consideration those with whom we share the world—other human beings, living creatures, the earth and its resources, the entire planet . We focused only on ourselves. We took everything for granted and thought that the world

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