Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Earth Community

Currently, I am taking a course on Peace and Conflict studies where the lecture for this week included the preamble of the Earth Charter, (The Earth Charter is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. The Earth Charter project began as a United Nations initiative, but it was carried forward and completed by a global civil society initiative). Here are the inspiring words in the preamble: 

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.


For the full document, please visit: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html

Monday, October 20, 2014

Who Am I?


I might be a ‘nobody’,
Or maybe I am an ‘ever-changing somebody’,
My identity isn’t static,
I move from place to place,
And when I am in one place,
I want to move to another place.

I might be loyal but
I am not a supporter all the time,
I see mistakes in myself
And in the best…
I can appreciate some bit of goodness
In a branded evil…
I believe in human beings,
I cannot follow them blindly though…

Am I wanderer?
A doubter?
A loose cannon?
A lost cause?

One day I feel accomplished,
A ‘wanna be’ the next day,
I am nervous every morning
‘Coz I feel like a struggler everyday!

I am traditional
In a very liberal way,
Don’t believe in boundaries
But do follow the game rules.

Rest makes me restless,
Challenges keep me going,
Suffering makes me sad,
Suffering without action makes me worse.

I am sensitive like a
‘touch me not’
And resilient like
‘you can break me not!

I love those who go to the church,
I love those who hate the church,
I choose to love,
But cannot dare to judge!

Am I wanderer?
A doubter?
A loose cannon?
A lost cause?

O India, My Motherland!

A plea of a migrant to her motherland:   O India, my motherland, My identity and my pride! My soul seeks nourishment, Only you...