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VOF Week 1: (Greater shared of understanding, peaceful world)

Today I read a line from Goodenough (1994), “Frequent performance of an activity promotes greater sharing of understandings...Discontinuity of personnel and infrequent performace both militate against shared understanding.” And I realized, that greater shared of understanding, is something that the world is missing today and we ended up with more violence each day.
My government did not realize what is the meaning of Rp 1000 (around US 10 cent) for us when they hiked the fuel price, which forced tens of moms queueing in every urban corner, lining for a cheaper price before its price rise. They do not understand. A husband, do not understand how difficult it is for his five to raise 3 children without his help and at the same time, she has to take care all of the domestic works by her self. A girl lost in confusion when he got raped by her teacher and then be blamed by the society, men and women, for being to naughty. Those tens of moms, the exhausted wife and the confused girl, lost their words and are forced to loose it. While loosing the words, they are losing their existence, their significance to the world.
Thus Web 2.0 giving me the chance to shout my voice, free my pain and share my joy, without being afraid. And in this context, it helps to broaden our understanding of each other. As I read other women’s stories, I learn not to judge them for the decision that they took, because we live in different situation and different condition. And I feel other women share the same thing when they read my stories. Through this, I become you and you become me without negating ourselves. Together, by sharing our stories and strengthening our voice, we could learn the meaning of pain and joy, and hope that it would lead to a peaceful world.


I am sure, because, using your own words, we will learn soon that "I become you and you become me" ... it is a beautiful image ... and we are building that ... here and now...

Kind Regards from Mexico !! Keep walking... keep writing !!

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor:

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

erinfanshier's picture

Thank you for this piece

Thank you for this piece Tina! It is a beautifully positive way to look at the role of information exchange in our future. It is sadly true that the voices of victims are often silenced, and the thought that "Web 2.0" can lend a tool for these voices to be heard is a great hope for the future! I look forward to reading more of your writing!

dawn_dancer's picture

Web 2.0 is alive!

Tina – thank you for your posting! I love the examples you give about what is being silenced in your country, and how Web 2.0 gives you the space and the place to let us all know what’s happening. I too feel the power in connecting with each others’ stories and knowing that we are all in this together, all one, each just holding a different piece of the same puzzle. I was a little confused by your first quote, but once you started writing in your own voice, I felt a real connection with you. Keep up the good work – I look forward to hearing more from you! In sisterhood -- Patricia

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