I’ve been watching the posts on two pages, Israel loves Palestine and Palestine loves Israel. What it means, regardless of the “percentage” of persons talking, is that when the people talk, and I mean the people in the middle of the fundamentalists on both sides, when the people talk, they can settle whatever their differences may be honestly and without the need to kill each other. I’m afraid for Gaza and Israel today. For the people who’s lives are caught in the middle. I pray to God enough will be left to create the two states both communities deserve. And it’s good to remember that the people want that. They really do. There is hope.
What I just noticed today is how beneficial services like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. are to public service announcements like the “Amber Alert” system for missing and abducted children. Within minutes this morning, I knew of and had shared this particular alert from at least three different sources on three or four different platforms. Well done internet, well done. Now I can only pray that little Frederick is returned unharmed.
Ich lebe mein Leben in wachsenden Ringen
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this one
but I give myself to it.
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
Rainer Maria Rilke (as translated by Joanna Macy)
If this question seems simple to you, or you can easily turn your attention one way or the other to seek affirmation from someone other than yourself, I envy you. I continually find myself having to seek 2, 3, even 4 sides of a particular thing to try to figure out the answer. I’m always thinking the question. It’s maddening really. I wish I could follow blindly along some path chosen for me. Well, not really. But not thinking for myself sounds like paradise. I don’t like the truth. I seek my truth.
I understand the people who disagree with the decision to continue the running of the marathon, and I understand completely those who wish to see the event happen. There are many sound and intelligent arguments for each “sides” position. And there is an obvious emotional reaction by those personally impacted by the devastation that Sandy has brought. Many of you have lost homes, loved ones, etc.
And a great many more have lost fond memories of childhood adventures and traditional family vacation spots. These are all horrible losses, each of them, in their own ways. Agreed. And to all of you I am sorry. I was fortunate to only lose power for two days.
I personally would vote to continue the marathon as scheduled.
First, it’s my understanding that the Marathon is to donate $1,000,000, and ING, the main sponsor, an additional $500,000 to relief of the effects of Sandy. All good. Second, I believe that, like after 9/11, getting up and showing the world that we can do this, is important. Third, I seriously doubt, that with the worlds attention on the area, that people are going to do this at the expense of the injured citizens. I would not support taking from the recovery effort to support a sporting event, no matter the size. I don’t think that’s occurring in any significant way, other than what has to happen to run the event, and I pray I’m not proven wrong.
Please, use your hearts when thinking about this. We’re suffering a sort of shock now, and we all could take a moment to realize what’s important. Getting what we love back in order, and making sure it’s stronger than it was when it was knocked down. It’s what we’ve done after every major disaster or challenge we’ve faced as a nation and community. After 9/11, Katrina, and Irene, etc. Getting food, clothing, shelter, and the electric on, are most important. And there’s a race to be won.