We are on the scent of the healing of the wound that won’t heal. Korea, Vietnam, and now Afghanistan are wound in America and in the countries we fought and died in to…what…heal them. We fought to keep these societies divided, and a people won’t stay divided by an external power, by a foreign culture’s intervention.
Ken Burns puts his finger on the wound that won’t heal, and we Americans have to put our finger on it too. We have to kiss our wound with the compassion of a mother. The kiss of the mother is that unconditional space that heals. She kisses both sides with the same kiss. Unconditional is the kiss of Christ. We kiss both cheeks at once, we kiss both the combatants, for both are suffering from the same wound.
Ken Burns is awakening compassion for the Wound that is America. Did that wound start with the Civil War…you would think so, but it started before that. America was created with a wound. And so we progress through history trying to come up with a new band-aide through our technology, through our politics…the wound pushes us forward to greater and greater achievements, but all with the same wound. Every new pill promises a healing..but they all have side-effects. And a new pill is required. A new war is required….maybe this war will heal the wound that won’t heal.