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The power of events. Defining moments.

With today's global media coverage, we're all tuned into today's news very quickly, all together.

One day, I was busy working and the phone rang. A friend says: "Stop what you're doing and switch on the TV immediately. Something's happening. Just do it, right now!". I watched those planes crashing into the Twin Towers and, like everyone, I was flabbergasted.

Immediately I saw implications spreading out from that point in time. It took time to catch up with this unexpected yet strangely inevitable event.

A large rip appeared across reality as most people saw it. A new map had suddenly been placed on top of the old one. A defining moment had taken place. New possibilities wriggled through the cracks.

At defining moments, history's train changes tracks.

"The average person is either victorious or defeated and, depending on that, they become a persecutor or a victim.

These two conditions are prevalent as long as one does not see.

Seeing dispels the illusion of victory, or defeat, or suffering."

don Juan Matus, from A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda, 1971.

New York City under seige