Saturday, July 6, 2013

Week-End Notations: Keeping the Faith

I begin Week-End Notations here in "Visions" with this:


This was as I was watching the horrific scences from Quebec Canada as a Freight Train with 74 Oil Tankers had derailed that caused raging fires.    I thought about how we as humans continue to destroy our Earth.   How species are dying and how we seem to be "asleep" is worrisome.   We seem not to have the courage to do something about it.

I did find a very hopeful story though that was quite fascinating.   Al Jazeera reported on a school In Pakistan  where 100% literacy rate was achieved.   The school's name is Al Amyn in the Hunza Gojal region of Pakistan.    It was amazing how the kids interviewed spoke flawless English and the success it has enjoyed.  The key has been community support.     I just found them on Facebook and look forward to keeping tabs on their progress throughout the ensuing days.   What I found so gratifying was how in the midst of all that Pakistan has had to deal with--an oasis of hope and possiblity.   

Some may say that reaching out for such hopeful signs is a sign of desperation   I disagree as I  was reminded of this ray of hope when a Palestinian won the Arab Idol and the distinguished Scholar Professor Dabashi of Columbia reflected upon it on Facebook:

widen your screen, raise your volume--listen to and dance with Muhammad Assaf who just brought Palestine honor with his magnificent triumph at Arab Idol 2013--I have danced with this kind of music in Quds, in Ramallah, in Bethlehem, in Nazareth, in Nablus, in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria, and with Palestinian friends and comrades away from their homeland all over the world--what a beautiful and triumphant day when Muhammad Assaf's beautiful voice and handsome smiling face have become the voice and visage of his nation, the unbreakable will of his people! "Raise your Keffiyeh Raise it . . . !"


and of course this about the possiblities about technologies that we must be prepared for:

10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

and about how life can exist in our beautiful universe as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald:

Trio of 'super Earths' discovered in a star's habitable zone

Three "super Earth" planets found orbiting a nearby star at a distance where life could 

We have to think about the possibilities...can't have it any different.

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