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While We Were Sleeping

each time a child is in distress anywhere in the world, is as if a drop of poison was injected into the veins of our children at home.

WhileYouWereSleeping

WhileYouWereSleeping

On July 4th, the Statue of Liberty reopened to the public.  CNN

It was shortly after 9/11 and I had been asked to donate a photograph for a charity auction.  (http://www.freeartsnyc.org/)
There was an overwhelming sense of uncertainty in the US, almost as if we had been caught ‘sleeping at the wheel’. We felt scared, unprotected, fearful of the future. We were not just mourning the horrible deaths of the 9/11 victims, but also our lost sense of Freedom as we knew it. It was clear we had to fight back for that freedom, and so we did. And, not always for the right reasons, we lost many more American lives. In the years preceding 9/11, the world, or at least ‘our world’, seemed to be experiencing a period of relative peace. We had the occasional ‘piloted’ financial crises, but, for the most, we looked at a future of opportunity. It all changed. Starting that day, the planet took a bad spin. We had to deal with long lasting wars, the realities of climate change and the second biggest financial crash in American history. We saw our stable and thriving middle class struggling to survive. Lines of jobless people, young generations entering the workforce with bleak future expectations and, as we are pulling out of Afghanistan, we have to face a new, scary possibility of being directly involved in the Syrian conflict. Some people wish we could just turn the other way and take care of our domestic wounds. With all the money we poured into our last two wars, we could have solved most of our domestic problems. I wish it could be that easy. 9/11 has thought us a hard lesson: it does not matter where the loss of freedom is at stake because, eventually, there will be repercussions in our country. Yes, it is a very small planet where each human is a connected dot.

Our friend Eric Hill just came back from Syria. His mission with the Global Odyssey project is to find something ‘awesome’ in each country he travels to. He tried really hard in Syria and focused on the children. Look at the picture below: two children walking hand in hand in their destroyed village. Their reality seems so faraway from the one of our children at home. Yet, each time a child  is in distress anywhere in the world, it is as if a drop of poison was injected into the veins of our children at home. A peaceful future is a basic global human right that we all have to protect anywhere on the planet… Because we are all connected.

@Eric Hill The Global Odysssey

@Eric Hill The Global Odysssey

One Response to “While We Were Sleeping”

  1. Ebru says:

    Love the idea of finding awesome in each country. Eric should come up
    with a full documentary on his journey. Thanks CBK for sharing.