Sunday, November 9
Last week Jaige and I watched the movie Black Hawk Down. It had a lot of impact on both of us for different reasons. Jaige was part of a special unit in the US Navy. For him, the movie woke up emotions of reality and passion for his country. Me on the other hand.... well, in 1992-3 I know my thoughts didn't go very far outside my personal bubble. What could be more important than getting my hair done and where I was going to dinner that night? Shame, disappointment and embarrassment fills me to the base of my throat. Am I alone? Did you know that this awful man, Aidid, was starving "his" people in Somalia? So, the story goes on and the First Battle of Mogadishu happens. Lots of stress and nail biting action. We finish the movie which ultimately leads to conversation then research. From the left to the right (political) and by the time we finished for the night I was completely confused. Mostly, I didn't know who and how much to believe.
Now Darfur. Do you understand what is going on? With a little research it doesn't take long to figure out that there are many dimensions to the conflict. The scarcity of reliable information on Darfur is also an additional difficulty. Why was Matt Damon taking a baseball bat to a doll house to protest the five year conflict, showing how thousands of children's lives have been shattered? Passion. I commend people who take a stand knowing they are just one more person trying to make a difference. It doesn't have to be Darfur. It could be something in your community....what do you stand for? If you had time what would you like to give your time to?