â€œLone Survivorâ€ opened in theaters this past weekend to become the second highest grossing movie ever in the month of January. Itâ€™s both a war film and a profoundly moving account of ethics, determination and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Yet, the most important message of the movie (and the book upon which the screenplay is based) occurs off screen.
â€œIt went bad for us over there, but that was our job. Thatâ€™s what we did. We didnâ€™t complain about it. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losingâ€¦until we were actually dead.â€
What first caught my attention about Mr. Luttrellâ€™s response was his use of the words â€œweâ€ and â€œour.â€ His choice of pronouns may not seem all that extraordinaryâ€¦after all, these four men trained and performed as a unit. However, itâ€™s the last half of the last sentence that riveted me.
â€œâ€¦until we were dead.â€
Marcus Luttrell returns to us to do much more than write a book or make a movie. He returns to us to personify the living manifestation of the unifying principle of Oneness. Four men died on that mountain in Afghanistan, not three. You know that through Mr. Luttrellâ€™s statement. His experience was that â€œwe were dead.â€ However, four men crawled off that mountain as well and have survived to tell their story through Mr. Luttrell.
Yes, it is a story of war and its ravages as well as of courage, compassion and endurance in the face of overwhelming odds. But above all else, it is a story of our connectedness to one another. Â What happens to one of us happens to all of us. Until we own that reality, we will continue to tear one another apart both in and out of war.
The solutions we seek to the worldâ€™s challenges are not political, they are of the heart. Â True unity is no better expressed or understood than in the manner that Mr. Luttrell speaks of his/their experience, his/their bond and, most tellingly, his/their deaths. Four men went to Afghanistan and all four have returned to speak to us with one voice.
If Marcus Luttrell still questions why he made it back, my prayer is that he wonders no longer. Every morning that he awakens his three friends awaken as well. It is the highest form of resurrection and it is his purpose to exemplify this reality for the rest of us. I, for one, am eternally grateful to him for the integrity and commitment he brings to the calling. May the Nation, and the world, be awake enough to seize this profound moment to finally understand what divinity in action is all about.
There is only One of Us
Listen to Carole discuss Marcus Lutrell in an excerpt from her radio show â€œAn Hour of Inspirational Goldâ€ on BlogTalk Radio.
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