Monday, November 9th 2009, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Monday is also Lha Bab Duchen, when the effects of one's actions are multiplied by a factor of 10 million.
On Monday, when people all over the world celebrate historic events in Germany, please take some time to remember the "other" wall: the one that honors heroic men and women of the intelligence profession who made it happen through their unselfish dedication and unprecedented personal sacrifice.
Occupation in the clandestine services can take a terrible toll upon the human heart. It is cruelly easy to dismiss the artifacts of this when we encounter those who have been damaged. However, let it be clearly understood that such people are in fact the best people we have: true bodhisattvas, who live and die in silence, deception, and secrecy, with all trace of their roles erased by design.
In the end, there is nothing left but what they have given.
What they gave twenty years ago was freedom to millions.
It was a towering achievement.
Lets give back millions of prayers for them.
It is just fundamental decency.