Trouble in Lebanon. 40 dead in Tripoli. I don't even want to think about it. I am reminded of last year when I attended a weeklong workshop right after the war in Lebanon started.
I just returned from another incredible workshop with Power of Hope. All of us who attended know that the arts can make a powerful and positive difference in people's lives. It is my most deeply held belief. I believe in people and the power of groups to make a difference. I believe that people do care about each and do not want to kill one another. They just turn themselves off from their feelings. News reports like the one I linked to above are what propelled me to come to this awareness.
I may be impatient, and definitely idealistic, but there is no reason why we should be killing each other. It is as simple as that. I believe that if we all really believe that violence is not even an option, violence will cease to exist.
To the people of Tripoli and the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, I am thinking of you.