“Fall in Love”
(Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ)
Nothing is more practical
than finding God,
than falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
Now, read over and over again:
Fall in Love (with God), stay in love (with God), and it will decide everything.
Earlier this morning, I watched a documentary entitled “The Choke Points of Power” in Al Jazeera English. If you’re into global politics and economics, trade, geography, and power-play, then this film is a MUST-WATCH.
For centuries, ocean-borne trade has been the backbone of global economy. Nations, which aspire to attain global power, compete in controlling maritime trade routes–such as sea lanes that are EXTREMELY crucial in the transportation of oil from the petroleum-rich countries of the Middle East.
The film projects that the West (with the US reigning as top superpower) is now facing an eventual decline of control over these maritime “choke points.” I love how this documentary really gets down to exposing and discussing some of the most CRUCIAL POINTS that explain how the affairs of our world work. The politics, feuds, and alliances between and among key nation players are really explained well in this film. Kudos to the directors and researchers!
(Tsk, I should have taken notes while watching this earlier.)
PS: I tried looking online for a copy of this film but failed to see any. It may be possible to catch a replay of this documentary in Al Jazeera English. This film was made by Alexandre Trudeau and Jonathan Pedneault and is also entitled as “The New Great Game.”
PPS: If you want to catch this in AJE, a replay might be shown during these times. Accordingly: “Al Jazeera World can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Tuesday: 2000; Wednesday: 1200; Thursday: 0100; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 2000; Sunday: 1200; Monday: 0100; Tuesday: 0600.”
In 1995, nearly 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) have been targeted and killed in what is now known as the SREBRENICA GENOCIDE. This mass murder has been referred to as the worst heinous crime to have been committed since the WWII. Today, thousands gather in Bosnia to commemorate the 18th anniversary of this genocide. 409 newly-discovered bodies of victims will receive a proper burial, years after the massacre.
Again and again, I’ve wondered, how can such genocides even happen. Don’t we ever learn? What was the rest of the world doing then when thousands of people were being murdered?
We may come from different ethnicities, speak different tongues, and have various creeds but ultimately, all people are of ONE ESSENCE. We are of one humanity.
As the Persian poet Saadi once conveyed:
“Human beings are members of a whole, in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain. If you’ve no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain!”
LET THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.
(Read more: Bosnia to bury 409 Srebrenica victims)
These are verses from the first chapter of the Qur’an. A beautiful revelation, indeed.