‘Because I fear your grasping hand calling me to the unknown of love,
because I fear my emptiness, my poverty, my call to death,
I fear myself, I close my hearth, I shut myself from you, my despairing brother.
Your presence is a call. Do I turn away or do I dare?
Love is the greatest of all risks.
Do I dare leap into the cool, swirling, living waters of loving fidelity?’
‘International campaign groups gathered in London on Tuesday [2013-04-23], to call for a ban on fully autonomous weapons, before such ‘killer robots’ change the face of modern warfare forever and put the lives of innocent civilians in ‘unacceptable’ danger.’ image and words from wilpfinternational.org. I’m all for it, but is there such a thing as ‘acceptable danger’ in war?
•triked past st t’s; got out back with sno; went to the ootc volunteer potluck in penetang, joined by erin and gerry
•rained, then snowed, all day, caught up on things; getting the trike tuned up
Vandana Shiva, an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author, trained as a physicist, received her Ph.D. in philosophy. In 1993, Shiva received the Right Livelihood Award ‘ “for placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse”…, pioneering insights into the social and environmental costs of the dominant development process, and her ability to work with and for local people and communities…. Shiva plays a major role in the global Ecofeminist movement…. Shiva suggests that a more sustainable and productive approach to agriculture can be achieved through reinstating a system of farming in India that is more centered on engaging women…. [She is advising Bhutan on becoming] the first fully 100% organic country.’ image from wikipedia.
Cynthia Breadner asks, ‘But in today’s world there is so much evidence of so much evil I am fearful. I am trying to make sense of it all. Can sense be made of any of it?’
Saturday Serious Stuff
Spring is here! David Suzuki writes, ‘The more we connect to nature, the smarter, healthier and happier we are. Getting outside even makes us nicer and more likely to clean up the planet. Unfortunately, most of us spend more than 90 per cent of our days indoors, away from nature. So we’ve got a challenge for you: join us and thousands of other Canadians in getting outside 30 minutes a day, 30 days in a row during the month of May. Sign up for the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Nature Challenge.’ image by kevin van passen.
Also, somebody at the Canadian Organic Growers Association (COG) writes, ‘There’s just something about this time of year, with the warming sun, birds returning, and the excitement of arriving seed orders to put a smile on your face. Oh, those lovely seeds, with more and more availability of local organic seeds to support our love of local, organic food, you can’t help but get excited perusing seed catalogues. The Seedy Saturdays have been bustling and more nurseries are carrying alternatives to the imported varieties too. COG helped organize the first Seedy Saturday in Canada about 30 years ago, and it’s so inspiring to see how the movement for these community events has spread to each province (and we’d suspect many territories too). If you haven’t got your seeds yet, it’s not too late either!’ image from wikipedia.
Elizabeth May: ‘Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister told this House that Canada legally withdrew from the treaty to combat drought and desertification because it was “…not an effective way to [use] taxpayers’ money”. The cost of the treaty, $300,000 a year, is roughly equivalent to half the cost of a G8 gazebo or 109 days of the care and feeding of a rented panda, less than 4% of the PMO office budget, a third the cost of shipping an armoured vehicle to India, or two days of government advertising to tell us how happy we should all be with the way the government is spending our money. By what criteria is that spending more effective than pulling our weight in the world to confront drought and expanding deserts?’ image by karen fox.
image from fborfw.com.
•Good thing I’m no longer an engineer
•Elizabeth has grown up. Here she was as a kid. Maybe I should go out in the rain too
•sunny days, wash on the line, no bugs yet
•Mister Rogers Remixed–‘Garden of Your Mind’ by PBS Digital Studios (thanks to Tom Allen)–Reminds me of the admonition to stay curious. image from usmagazine.com.
•‘What Are You Afraid Of?’ by River Tiber
•’The Ghost’ by Efterklang with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
•K S Rhoads needs a boat to cross The River Of Suffering. For St John, it was a boat of love, but Rhoads doesn’t say (sing) what his is. Don’t we all need a boat to cross the river of suffering? Similarly, Thornton Wilder wrote , ‘There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.’
•Live concert by Ayrad, Quebecois Morroccon-reggae