From Arizona to South Africa: Is there Hope in the World?
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
Toni Cade Bambara
Given the last six months world events—massive earthquake in Haiti, flooding in Nashville, killings in Palestine and Thailand, corrective rapes of lesbians in South Africa, Arizona legalized racial profiling law, oil spill that will forever effect the Gulf Coast, the lies about governmental accountability from Toyota to the Banking system, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan Tea Party embodied in Rand Paul—one wonders is there hope in the world. Is there ever a time when justice, fairness, and love reigns supreme?
I ask this because right now I feel overwhelmed by all the injustices in the world. My heart weeps. I desperately need to know that change can happen. Not the type of change that jingles in your pocket or the type of change President Obama promised, but I am talking about the type of change that Gandhi and other spiritual leaders speak of . . . a world of peace . . . a world of hope . . . a world that cherish differences . . . a world that does not colonize and enslave with market ideas . . . a world free of oppression. I like trees who need soil to grow need to know that the world can change and that there is hope . . . hope in this godforsaken world of ours.
So, today I leave you with a remixed version of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror. It is written and performed by Queen Godis. Honestly, when I watch this video I feel a sense of renewed hope because the video embodies art, children, love, inner reflection, death and rebirth, laughing, spirituality, accountability, communal responsibility . . . all the things our current world is in desperate need of.
Michael song, “I’m talking with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways,” so, what are you doing today to change you ways and make the world a better place?