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November 04, 2011

Hope In A Wacky World

Does it seem to you that the world is in a crazy, chaotic mess?

It seems that every time I look at the news, I see...

...wacky or even menacing weather patterns, wars, refugees, economic troubles, riots in the streets and all kinds of instability everywhere in the world.

Several years ago, my daughter was in a social studies class and was studying the various upheavals and revolutions of the 1960s. With obvious disappointment in her voice, she said, "Why did everything interesting happen in the '60s?"

It was as if, in her mind at least, we had somehow used up all the "interesting things" back then.

One glance at a current news magazine should make it all too obvious that there is no shortage of "interesting things" for any of us to deal with.

If you've read any of my previous blogs, you should know that, even though it may appear that I point out, or focus on, problems, I'm really only interested in solutions.

So this is my blog with a focus on what we need most right now; hope, solidarity and wisdom.

In many modern cultures, unfortunately, we rarely honor age. Traditional cultures know better. Here are some voices of age and wisdom from around the world - http://www.theelders.org/. The Elders.org was founded by Nelson Mandela and features many voices.

Here's an excerpt from their website -

"The Elders share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, but they also bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience:

The peace makers, with decades of experience mediating and resolving conflicts around the world.
The peace builders who have helped post-conflict societies to heal wounds and rebuild.
The social revolutionaries who transformed their own countries - whether by reducing poverty, improving the status of women, or championing nonviolent struggle.
The pioneering women who have governed their countries, led international institutions and spearheaded movements to empower women."

These elders can remind us of previous struggles and triumphs. They might remind us that we can get through these problems and our current difficulties, no matter how overwhelming they might seem, will not last forever.

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English (or life in our current era) that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at November 4, 2011 11:41 AM

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