Saturday, March 22, 2008

Change of Plans....

I'm going to put a link at the bottom of this that I'm asking you to look at - but first, a warning (I guess, don't know what else to call it).

Now, I tend to the philosophical, and the older I get, the more keenly aware I am of my blessings. Compared to some of my fellow Americans, we live pretty modestly. But we, Mr Dearling and I, have NO NEEDS UNMET. I mean that literally, and ask you to just think on that briefly.

I read the blog of a woman I now call "friend", who lives in a tiny village way up in the Himalya. She's a knitter, by the way. And she and her housemates and lifemates spend their time providing such medical assistance as they can, there in the little village, and Joy (an apt name) writes about it, and shows beautiful pictures of her surroundings, and her posts literally fill me with joy.

Except that the people of her village are, in great part, Tibetan monks and nuns who escaped from Tibet, some with only the shreds of life, and some live now in the caves above the little village. They are pious, simple, beautiful people.

And at the moment, at THIS moment, their countrymen are being murdered, beaten, tortured in ways hard for myself to begin to comprehend, by the Chinese government.

China is preparing to host the Olympic Games very soon - and they have a small town surrounded; they're burning it down, killing its people - and not (TO MY OPINION) behaving as someone preparing to host citizens of the global village for an event intended to unify the people of the world.

I'm not asking you to do one thing more than to become aware of this, and then act according to your wishes. I do know, from having read Joy's words, that earnest prayers for those folks will make a great difference to them.

On this weekend marking, for our Christian globe-mates, the Resurrection, the beginning of new life, the start of Spring...I ask you to follow this link, and read:

Road Blog Ahead

7 comments:

janet said...

Not to mention China's connection to the Sudanese government. Remember the "Lost Boys"? That whole story is the holocaust revisited. It's happening right now in Darfur. I have often thought how could the world not help the Jews and Christians who were victims of Hitlers crazy mind - but it's happening again!!!
Thanks for a great post. Watch - "The Story of Stuff" it's on utube.

MollyBeees said...

Mel pointed to this wonderful blog too! Thanks for the link!

dale-harriet said...

Janet - I agree; I suppose we people are naive. I couldn't believe there could EVER be anything like the Holocaust again. Then I believed there could never be anything like Viet Nam again. And yes, I do know about the Lost Boys and Darfur and other such, happening today. I suppose the only thing greater than our naievete - is our capacity for hope....

knotmuchofaknitter said...

Thank you so much for this reminder that we can't close our eyes to these tragedies. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier not to know, because it's so very difficult to understand how humans can do this to one another.

Nora

Cindy G said...

Thank you for the link.

janna said...

"Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them." What Santayana said is so obviously true. It's much easier, I guess, to avoid thinking about the horrible events of the past -- but then you have equally horrible events of the future.

Yarnhog said...

Thank you for the link. What a deeply moving and disturbing story.