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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Islands In A Sea of Humanity



Morning sun and shadows drew my eyes toward islands arising from a mossy, grass threaded, leaf laced sea--granite boulders afloat, in hues of sap green, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, a hint of Indian red. Dewy diamonds added enchantment to this land-turned ocean, in my imagination. So often I feel like a thief with my camera, trying to steal a precious moment of time--a memory all my own, something concrete to share with others as well. In truth it is gone before I've finished clicking the button, but the soullular memory remains etched in the secret spaces between skin, muscle sinew and bone, long after the sun dries the grass. With or without the photo, I can turn within and sink deep into the emotional residue of what has passed, and experience it anew with delight.


 
Not all memories are ones we wish to savor, nor experience ever, let alone "anew," yet to forget would be a mistake, perhaps opening a window to indifference, a door to the crime of stealing time, robbing life, from other people. Monday, May 2nd will be Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day; a day for shining light into one of the darkest shadows of our human story. Genocide continues to plague our planet, the capacity for heinous acts of cruelty and the mass murder of our human brothers and sisters in an attempt to wipe a “people” off the map, is not only history, it is an ongoing state of affairs in far too many places even as I write this. While one might say that the earth has never seen such a systematic, efficient “process of destruction” as the one constructed by the Nazi “machine,” the horrors that are still perpetrated, the dehumanization that rises up again and again throughout the world is no less horrifying and heartbreaking to me today than what happened over sixty years ago across the ocean in Europe.

So while Yom HaShoah marks the murder of six million Jews and five million non-Jews who did not meet with Nazi standards of who was suitable to live and pro-create, it is one day each year in which all of us can stop and remember the sacredness of every human being; those who are held in our collective soullular memory, those we meet today and the individuals we may meet tomorrow. It is a day that reminds us that we must always open our hearts compassionately, a day that instructs us to take the responsibility upon ourselves to teach our children and grandchildren to respect and love wholeheartedly, not just the people we like, not just the people we agree with, who look like us, speak the same language, share our political views, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, mental and physical abilities. It is a day for shining light into the dark shadows of our own prejudices, to see the beautiful array of fleshy colors that surround each of us; islands in a sea of humanity.

To honor the memories of those who have been murdered you may wish to participate in the Butterfly Effect, read a book, such as I Choose Life, the story of my friend Eve's parents, survivors of the Holocaust, or make a donation to an organization such as Save Darfur.


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36 comments:

  1. I love this post, very apt at this time.

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  2. In Canada, our federal election is on Monday, May 2nd. I'm sure there will be holocaust remembrance ceremonies as well. There is always one here in Edmonton on the grounds of our Legislature where there is a large Holocaust Memorial.

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  3. A powerful post reminding us what shadows have been cast in our history!

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  4. Excellent play of light and shade with a nice color.

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  5. lovely pst and photos for an important day.

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  6. I share your sadness and your moral outrage at the inhumane side of humanity.

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  7. thanks for the photos and your loverly words of compasion.

    the holocaust was a terrible time for humans on this Earth. time may heal the wound but a scare will always be.

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  8. Thanks for letting me know about May 2nd, I did not know. Yes it was a horrible time in humanity

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  9. Gorgeous shadow shots!

    My Shadow Shots, have a blessed Sunday!

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  10. I love your shadow shots, and your post is fantastic. Thanks for the reminder of what Monday the 2nd is,we have services here in New Zealand to remember these horrific events.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.
    The photo on the header is not far from where I live.

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  11. there was a time when I was in University that I started to study all of this more..
    now, I feel as though the details elude me,
    but the reality?
    stronger and more important than ever.

    hugs, Laura.

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  12. (i'm hoping your daughter has returned to your arms, safe and sound!)

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  13. I read somewhere that the more we identify with a certain group, the easier it is to hate another group. The thoughts and feelings are subtle, but this post helps shine the lights of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion for us to be aware, and choose love over hate.

    Thank You. The ones who lost their lives to these crimes will be remembered.

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  14. powerful message, beautiful photo's, woven well together. hope you had a peaceful day!!

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  15. I've arrived here through the maze of cyberspace, and am so moved by this post with the former part about our experience and memory, the latter about human follies, and the photos symbolic of your writing.

    That horrible dark aspect in our history must be a constant reminder that humans must be always alert so that we will never repeat the same thing.
    Thank you for letting me know abot the day.

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  16. Mmmmm, heavenly!!!

    My Link:
    Sand, Surf, and Shadows

    Have a glorious Sunday. Hope to have you as a visitor today when you find time.

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  17. Eloquent post~~I have never understood how one group of people thinks they are in a place to judge that another should be considered unworthy of living....it is a thought past my capacity.
    For all who have lost their lives under the thumb of governments that allow this, a prayer, a song, a quiet moment to seriously THINK.

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  18. If my 4 children can live their lives not just accepting others, but learning from them and being open to the wonderful differences, I will have accomplished everything an be content.

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  19. wonderful compassionate post!
    thank you

    images are beautiful!

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  20. I love how you create a place of enchantment in this post.

    We have a Holocaust memorial museum here in Montreal and I will look to see if it is open tomorrow. I have never been to it, but keep telling myself that I should go. Tomorrow would be the ideal time.

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  21. I like the blues and greens with the rock and shadows.

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  22. The shadows fall softly on the forest floor. The rays of light filtering in through the branches are as soft. The woods are not foreboding with the exquisite shades of light. The shadows are the result of a sunny day, another day for us to treasure (as is every day)...

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  23. Great post. It starts out with very beautiful pics, some insight into your thinking about them, and then remembrance in general and then about the Holocaust.

    The numbers are astounding, 11 million people. That is worth thinking about one day a year.

    Thank you

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  24. So sad that humanity has this dark side. I hope we can create a brighter future and let the light pierce through our own darkness.

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  25. Beautiful softness and shadow in the land-turned-ocean. So lovely. I cannot understand anyone hating, persecuting, harming anyone they think of as the Other. There is no Other. We are all One. When we harm one, we harm every one. Thank you for pointing out the commemoration on May 2. Let us all embrace our Oneness and let no one be the Other.
    Gentle hugs, my precious Laura.

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  26. very thoughtful post Laura, it's good to remember so we may never forget. The world needs people of all colors and faiths, all should learn from each other and live respectfully together. It's my wish for the generations growing up now.

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  27. when there is such beauty in the world, it is particularly shocking and tragic that humans can be so heartless and inhumane to each other and to the earth...

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  28. your photos and words leave me pondering, and that's a good thing. have a great week Laura. be well.

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  29. "Night," by Elie Wiesel, is another good one. Although, as you say, remembering is not always pleasant or easy, it is important.

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  30. I see the light. Nicely done. This would work well as B&W.

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  31. As always, your words are worth taking the time to read in full and ponder. Earlier today I was in conversation with a young stranger and our conversation led us to acknowdedge that we all share a common ancestor, we are all of one family.
    May we all come to know a world of peace.
    Shalom

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  32. Thank-you for reminding me that tomorrow is Yom Hashoah. May we always remember..and never forget!

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  33. Thank you for this tribute and the reminder for today.

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  34. As you say, so much atrocity is being committed now. As well as remembering, i am visualising light shining into the shadows of those dark hearts too. This is a lovely piece of writing, sweet one x

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