Re: PC diversity: whiter shady pals
Lawrence F. London wrote:
> I was planning to write a wandering tale about a pipe dream of an idea for peaceful coexistence between Jews
so enamored of such prospects. (snip)
> Just for starters.
The good news, larry, is that "for starters" what you mentioned already exists. the main missing
ingredient is simply more POSITIVE collaboration from those who care to see the dream become even more
real. i'm not sure more blaming and complaining will help much, as that market is oversupplied already.
incremental understanding may not be as dramatic as news clip conflict, but that's the beauty path, and
i'd rather enjoy than deploy, grow rather than throw.
there's open invitations to spend time in many west bank israeli and palestinian communities for anyone
respectful of the hosts and appreciative of their traditional hospitality. if not ready for that
live-time adventure, there's plenty of online reading about many many multicultural eco-peace
activities which have continued through the years there, such as sulha and bustan.
after actually living, working, and growing permaculture in the region for almost 3 years amongst local
cultural hyperdiversity, speaking some arabic and hebrew, i barely scratched the surface of the deeper
stories that are accessible for those called to learn there rather than pontificate from here.
and i found little correlation between ethnic/political backgrounds and the likelihood of positive
practice with others. the exceptions were at the sweet month long 2006 Golan Heights rainbow gathering
encampment or the 2004 and 2005 sulha. there, everybody was positive, though the 3am drumming sessions
outside my tent when i was hoping to sleep still challenged my peaceful nature. but i was encamped there for
two weeks, and knew that those kids had to pack their party into just a short weekend... so compassion
becomes the sweet fruit of personal difficulty.