Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Inspirational August and September


 How can the beauty of human endevour live side by side with the ugliness of human self destruction?

I was fortunate enough to see some of the athletics in the Olympic park and experience the excitement and joy of all involved. I rode on the wave of emotion as the crowds cheered the athletes and marvelled at the incredible feats of human endeavour.

Then came the Paralympics – if anyone ever doubts the potential of the human spirit to overcome adversity then spend an hour watching these athletes climb to the heights of excellence in the pursuit of discovering what they can achieve.

The Olympic movement is one of the few platforms where the world comes together as a community sharing common goals. As we witness this momentous collection of winners embracing each other with respect as a world family we also are aware of families being torn apart.

The middle east is a simmering cauldron of poisonous lava that could flow over and damage us all.

Can Syria find away to start dialogue with opposing sides or is the civil war destined to end in destruction and submission of one side with many thousands more killed and a legacy of hate passed on to generations to come?

Can Israel and Palestine ever begin to accept a compromise and agree to live side by side and find away to forgive the past and move on?

Can Iran reassure the world that they are not advancing their Nuclear ambitions and find away of healing the animosity between them and Israel?

 

It seems that being human means that we will always have the choice to achieve the very best of what we are capable of and the very worst – mainly self destruction.

 

The use and the abuse of power and need for control is often a major source of conflict – I appeal to the power brokers of the world to work together endlessly until a peaceful solution to these seemingly insurmountable conflicts is found.

 
 I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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