So recently I watched "Shooting Dogs" a movie that is based on the genocide in Rwanda. I cried. Angry tears. It is amazing how humanity can be so terrible. I am pretty sure we are the only species in the world that kill ourselves so violently, so vainly! I haven't felt so much rage in a long time- but I am glad I felt it.
After watching that movie, I started reading Insecure at Last by Eve Ensler (don't you love her? and her vagina?) it is about War and destruction and the GREEDY need of the west to feel secure and thereby making the entire WORLD insecure and thus themselves insecure. She also talks about the insecurity of men within themselves that makes it so that they are not able to show their feelings and emotions becase it might be too "feminine". This turns "tears into bullets" (Ensler's) and men show their saddness, anger, frustration, confusion, etc through war and violence. There is no such thing as "security", for if one person is insecure then we all are (and we all know, more than just one person is insecure in this world).
However, Ensler also gives us HOPE. H-O-P-E. I love that word and that concept. She talks about what many women (and men) are doing to make this world more beautiful and more creative and more loving for others all around. She talks about RAWA, she talks about a shelter Ciudad Juarez, she talks about a shelter in Western Africa where girls can go if they are being threatened with female genital mutilation, she talks about Women's Prisons in the USA, she talks about Mothers against war in the USA. She offers HOPE. It makes me want to move, to shake up the world a little bit, get out there and get going.
Right now I am doing my little peice here on the "rock" (as I lovingly call it). Working with girls to help them better themselves and thus their community. However, I want to keep shaking shaking shaking- to get all the rage out---like a rock tumbler... until something smooth and beautiful and wonderous comes out.
So here is to all the shakers, movers, stereo-type breakers, those that fight for what's right, the warriors for a cause, those that share creativity and love and love and love.
I am with you, I stand beside you- let's get shakin'!