Sunday, May 20, 2007

Trouble in Lebanon

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.


Matt said...

It is such a tragety. Thanks for caring :)

Carol Gee said...

I thought about you when I heard the recent bad news from Lebanon. You are correct in saying that it takes self-numbing to behave in such primitive ways. Where are the grown-ups?! Peace.

Anonymous said...

You are not being too idealistic in thinking we can solve things with peaceful means! If more people believed like you, the world would be a much better place! Right now, most of us who abhore violence feel quite hopeless with all that is going on! My sister said that tante in Tripoli is alright!

margaret said...

Most glad to know that tante is alright. Thanks to all for your support. Have any great ideas for convincing testosterone saturated males that violence doesn't work???