Finding Inspiration In The Desert
Joe Klein's article in Time Magazine this week titled 'The Ramadi Goat Grab' inspired today's article on the Middle East.
Klein's excellent article was about a meeting that happened a few weeks ago in Iraq between the Shi'ite and Sunni powerful clans who came together under tight security to discuss brotherhood and working together to rebuild their Country. One thing they all shared was the need to bring peace to their homeland and what better way to cultivate it than sitting together to chart their own destiny into the future and take decisive steps towards that goal. This was a positive start to the joining of hands in the entire Middle East towards a common future.
The Middle East is a positive place and anybody who has sat with people from Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the UAE, and Yemen will understand the positive actions that each are capable of. When these Nations are able to put their minds towards collective constructive efforts they will turn a desert into an oasis. Brotherhood is about peace and economic vitality and foremost about looking into the eyes of each other with respect.
But zooming out like you do in Google Earth, there is an even greater challenge and that is called global peace and charting our human future. In the desert there is very little water and very little life; yet historically, the people of the Middle East were able to build their communities and make the most of what little there was. Now today, none of us can be proud of how little we are creating for ourselves. We are building so many deserts, that we will all be wiped out if we don't grab each others hand quickly and get on with the challenge to fix the Earth. Our oceans and sea's are the least vocal to challenge our stupidity and instead quietly suffer our plunder.
If money is the reward for human prosperity, then there is no better return on your investment than to promote and build the new economy that rebuilds the Earth. To take Joe Klein's hope further, the Earth may indeed see the day that it is back to its healthy self because a few people decided to meet in the desert and simply talk.