Saturday, September 01, 2012

Question 16: on people and land

Looking at Israel-Palestine in the world: I'm horrified and upset by how Palestinian people are treated in their homeland...
...the intrenched and increasing inequality and the way this is grafted into Israeli law;
...the lack of freedom;
...the daily destruction of homes and crops, and being forced to live in smaller and smaller pieces of land without access to basic resources.

I know it's complicated. And I'm really not a fan of demonisation. 
Seeing the scale and scope of all this I feel so heavy and often overwhelmed.
I am a child of South Africa.
I lived through the 80s and 90s.
I know change is possible.

Bringing alive a vision of common humanity needs our ongoing vigilance and effort. It's a journey.
One that is often difficult and bumpy.
Where we get to will be imperfect...
... but surely better?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 
Margaret Mead 

I want to do what I can, 
with what I have, 
where I am. 

Ubuntu: I am because we are.

My question, my request: Will you join me?
Some ideas... things I've learnt from others.. small steps in a definite direction:
... Tell someone about this
... Ask a question.. to learn more challenge invite something different
... Listen to the stories of people living there on all sides of the political spectrum
... Change the way you spend money - and tell others why
... Something else?

Monday, February 09, 2009

Question 15: on change

Which are more transforming: invitations or critiques?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Question 14: on development

What is our definition of 'development'? aka 'international development'?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Question 13: on change

Who are the people who can best facilitate a new mindset in a country?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Question 12: on listening

How can we keep a listening, questioning spirit alive?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Question 11: on encouragement

What good news have I heard today?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Question 10: on being a 'failed state'

What is a 'failed state'? Who has the right to declare another country 'failed'?