Well, we got down to the wound, didn’t we. The Wound that doesn’t heal is what Eckhart Tolle called the Pain Body. It rises when hungry, when conditions are fight to feed on…us…then, sated, it returns beneath the surface of consciousness, and we wonder what just happened. We all know this experience. We’re at the dinner table enjoying our dinner, and something is triggers, someone steps on a land mind, and the table explodes in anger. What was that? Even when we walk gingerly through conversations, we can still step on a Pain Body Mine. We all have friends and family where we have to walk carefully. That is the wound that has not healed.
And so in a wide angle lens Ken Burns Vietnam is a healing of the Collective Pain Body that is Vietnam. We see both sides objectively and subjectively. There is no judgment in the presentation. There is no presumption of guilt. Both sides are guilty and both sides are innocent. We create the wound when we separate innocence from guilt: I’m innocent and you are guilty! Healing comes when we realize in our tears, in our human heart felt tears, that we are all innocent/guilty. That’s what it means to be human.
It is in this realization through suffering that gives us our humanity and our transcendence of our humanity, Through compassion, which is the healing of the separation, we transcend culture. Okay, get ready for a leap now.
Culture is a semantic language reality that intervenes between our heart and the ground of reality, and we are obliged to identity with it. Culture is human society maintained by our collective memory. It is vital. Otherwise every one of us would have to start from scratch in a cave with the discovery of fire.
So Culture isn’t bad. We can’t live without it. We are culture and culture is us. Our Ego is a microcosm of the macrocosm. We think we are a separate individual consciousness that is outside of culture able to judge it, attack it, or obey it (hence the. split in Patriotism ). America splits into the Good Son versus the Bad Son (but each son is good/bad.)
Healing restores unity. Healing restores unity between the mind (that sees everything as two) and the heart that sees only One.