It’s a beautiful sunlit Sunday here in Wellington, and I should be out enjoying it. I find however after catastrophes of the sort that took place on Friday in Japan that I spend far too much time online and watching youtube videos that show, intensely and graphically, How Very Small We All Are. Tsunami waves rushing through towns, whirlpools, exploding nuclear plants… There is nothing one can properly say about all this without sounding trite. Only that my thoughts are very much with those affected.
Meanwhile, my old stomping grounds of the middle east continue to endure a shake-up of a different kind. I’ve refrained from commenting on politics on this blog, partly because the events taking place in Christchurch were closer to home and partly because politics is a minefield I generally avoid. But the sheer universality of the demonstrations that have taken place in Tunesia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Iran and other locations demand a response.
So, here’s my two cents for what it’s worth. I hope to see unity in freedom achieved by all countries in the world, in my lifetime. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.