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Posted by Heather C. Williams at Jul 20, 2012 08:34 PM |

The words 'horror, horrible, horrid, horrify, horrendous', all come from the Latin word 'horrere' and means, "to tremble". And to tremble is to shake uncontrollably.


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The shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 and wounded 59 people attending the new Batman film in a movie theater is a horror story. Who is the young man, who wrapped his own body in riot gear, aimed the automatic weapon and threw grenades at people he didn't know sitting in their theater seats? Who are the victims, who left their homes for an evening of theatrical entertainment and innocently received bullets?

In Fritjof Capra's book, The Web of Life, he emphasizes the dialectic of two great forces in nature: the self assertive (action mode) and the integrative (receptive mode). Our society idolizes the self-assertive action mode that dramatically strikes out with labels, judgements, bullets, attacks, rape, etc. Our society does not respect nor understand the indigenous, more earth-based cultures that emphasize the integrative receptive mode of cooperating with life, working with the environment rather than manipulating it.

People who incorporate both great forces in nature within themselves (assertive or masculine and integrative or feminine) are needed to comprehend what is happening to us today.

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