Jewish, Arab youth saving Earth, living together at ARAVA

Friday, 14 December 2007

    It is December, 2007 -- a season of light for many peoples.
     Ramadan was earlier.
     We look to what is great, beautiful, excellent, supremely important.

    Vice-President Al Gore gave a presidential talk to humankind this week, while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
     He compelled us to choose life -- end our wars against Earth and each other.
     Change how we think and live.


Watch and Hear (22 minutes)

     Gore said:  "Stop using the other's behavior as an excuse."
     Instead cooperate "for mutual survival in a shared global environment."
     Gore called for citizens who will "redeem squandered time and speak again with moral authority."
     He dug deeply for wisdom for us today.
     Antonio Machado:  "Pathwalker, there is no path. You must make the path as you walk."
     Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen:  "One of these days, the younger generation will come knocking at my door."

     "The younger generation" gets no better than the Arab and Jewish young adults of ARAVA in the Holy Land.
     Living equally in a shared village, they study and pass forward the meaning of One, Echad, Wahad -- there is no individual survival.

     Under the umbrella of Earth's environmental well-being, they build long-awaited relationships while in service to the sacred living system upon which they and all humankind are totally dependent.
     Then they travel into the world to initiate Earth-saving projects and educate others.
     See and hear 5 minutes of inspirational Palestinian, Mutassim Abu El Hawa, and Jewish Israeli, Ilana Meallem, ( ) describe their lives as the new breed of young adults on the planet.

Peace and ecology

CNN's Rosemary Church speaks to graduates of a school

with a unique approach to Middle East peace and the environment.

CNN - Sunday, 09 December 2007

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     In a season of light, these are the new global citizens.
     Each of us can choose to be.
     New carriers of light.
     Warriors of light.

     A Muslim and a Jew worth emulating.
     Deciding to live great lives of persistence that pass forward awesome Creation, fully alive.

Each in his own Tongue
A fire-mist and a planet,
    A crystal and a cell,
A jelly-fish and a saurian,
    And caves where the cave-men dwell;
Then a sense of law and beauty
    And a face turned from the clod, --
Some call it Evolution,
    And others call it God.

A haze on the far horizon,
    The infinite, tender sky,
The ripe, rich tint of the cornfields,
    And the wild geese sailing high;
And all over upland and lowland
    The charm of the golden-rod, --
Some of us call it Autumn,
    And others call it God.

Like tides on a crescent sea-beach,
    When the moon is new and thin,
Into our hearts high yearnings
    Come welling and surging in:
Come from the mystic ocean,
    Whose rim no foot has trod, --
Some of us call it Longing,
    And others call it God.

A picket frozen on duty,
    A mother starved for her brood,
Socrates drinking the hemlock,
    And Jesus on the rood;
And millions who, humble and nameless,
    The straight, hard pathway plod, --
Some call it Consecration,
    And others call it God.

                   -- William Herbert Carruth