Saturday, August 31, 2013

As secure as the mountains...

The Nepalis have a saying: "No matter what happens, tomorrow the Himalayas will still be there." 

This is how I felt when, amidst all the bad news in the media—worries about strikes, corruption, poo-protests, abuse of power, poverty, the deteriorating situations in Syria—I drove along the False Bay coast between Gordons Bay and Kleinmond, South Africa the other day: The rocks, sea and mountains will still be there. 

But will everyone be able to enjoy them when lives are snuffed out because of poverty, violence and abuse of power?  

Beauty and suffering exist side by side. They are watching each other. And they are watching us. We can't be bystanders.  

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