Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bryan And Andrew Place In Greece

what I believe ... a Christmas gift

abandoned the blog for lack of time, I make a brief reflection on the past and what still must scroll .

Some time ago I was in Kenya, another African country full of history and future.

One was that a few months ago he met one of the darkest moments of its post colonial history, genocide without notice accompanied by the consent of its political candidates in the presidential election.

A country of green plateaus where the British lived during the colonial age, and arabesque architecture of coastal cities, so hot that even the devil himself could not withstand the heat.

The country of the father of Barak Obama, where the image of the new U.S. president-elect will follow you like the look of the Mona Lisa, anywhere.

When we talk of Africa often tend to generalize:

The Dark Continent where people are as colorful.

The poor continent where people dance well.

The continent of drums punching the heavens.

The continent where the sun rises in the bigger mountains.

The continent of genocide and tales around the campfire.

The Invisible Continent.

How much truth in this, I leave to the curious eyes the pleasure of discovery and creative minds trying to imagine.

For me however, I think along the lines of a twisted past of suffering and injustice of a destiny shared by all African countries, a subject of cultural diversity with pride that the people of this continent, says in his songs, in its storytelling and, unfortunately, even in their wars.

My trip to Nairobi was just that, a dedicated and total immersion in a variety of 'proud of herself Africa: Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Côte d 'Ivoire, Ethiopia, and others were still many countries in the African Humanist Forum II to which we all participated with great joy by the 26 November 29 al.

The Strength of Diversity and Non-Violence was the motto of the Forum and these words rang in our ears and guide us in discussions that lasted into the night. What was being discussed and tried with total conviction were the different possible solutions and desirable to build a better future for Africa and, in general, for a human race still chained to the harsh rules of a game decided by a few.

Four days of intense dialogue, coexistence and mutual understanding have passed with the right rhythm, while in the wide spaces of the KIE (Kenyan Institute of Education ) hosting us followed each other with determination our successful attempt to join a direct active attitude towards the possibility of a profound human change, the importance of being able to share with so many different people, the emotions.

If our intentions were hurled flaming arrows into the sky, the firmament would have blinded our sight with its splendor.

If our words had been scattered c ome seeds on the ground, the entire planet would be sprouted under our feet.

I saw it for the first time appear before my eyes an embryo, even to feed and to feed, what a day I'd like to be the world where I live.

A world not without its misunderstandings, indecision, differences and silences, yet a world of respect, building, reconciliation, opportunities, sharing and, above all, non-violence.

A world really HUMAN .

And as I write these words I can think of a person ...

Remember these words?

I have a dream today!

I have a dream That one day Every Valley Shall Be Exalted, and Every hill and mountain Shall Be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.

With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.**

E voi...

Avete mai passato la notte insonne thinking about the direction you would like to take your life?

Have you ever paid attention to the importance of your actions?

Did you ever think that you are actively participating in the construction of our story?

Have you ever shared with another human being sure of the strength of the union?

Have you ever felt revulsion toward violence and injustice?

you at least once in your life sought justice and truth?

Have you ever heard in the center of your chest a burning never explode in an irrepressible joy?

Have you ever thought, if only for a moment, that change is possible?

I will ...

with emotion, this is my Christmas gift to you.

Always aim to tc ompleta harmony of thought and words and deeds.

** I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plans and the crooked places straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all living beings, shall see it together. And 'This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South

With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.


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