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Blogoff #6: CLARITY

April 25, 2007

The following is a Blog Off Post – raising funds for Breast Cancer, and organised by Courtney of Five Second Dance Party. Each week we blog on a different one word topic. This week’s topic is CLARITY. The complete list of bloggers is in my sidebar in the Blogoff blogroll. Please pay them a visit and see what they have to say on this week’s topic. We vote for each other’s posts and the blogger with the least votes is eliminated from the blog-off. To donate money towards Courtney’s fundraising efforts, please click here.

Usually my thoughts spin through my head like Whirling Dervishes.

But occasionally I have a moment of CLARITY as I did last week when I created this collage poem.
I was collaging, creating two poems at the same time. The second poem was almost forming itself. The words kept leaping out of the pile of random verbiage, wanting to be heard.

Finally, the planet
abandoning its
dramas of religion

paying attention to an already distorted situation.
A common dilemma
Name calling
Name-of-God-dropping
Hate crime.

WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.

choose responsibilities or simply act now.

discover what we have in common
oddly enough,
it’s the myth of FEAR.

It is wishful thinking.

That humankind would realise that WE ARE ALL HUMAN, that we all have emotions, and that we are divided by fear. If only everyone could find the common ground. If only everyone could have their moment of clarity.

Today is ANZAC DAY in Australia. On the anniversary of the landing at Gallipolli, we remember the soldiers who have fought for our country, we remember those who have made the greatest sacrifice.

Too many lives have been lost.


Too many lives are still being lost.

In previous wars the word PROPAGANDA was used. Of course, it always referred to the material being produced by the enemy to rally the troops, to win the support of the nation, to foster patriotism and support for the cause. I haven’t seen the word propaganda used in recent times. Although we are bombarded by propaganda – the skewed perspective of the images on our television, the mass weapons of destruction that didn’t actually exist, the headlines in the newspaper decrying the culture of the unknown, the religion that is different to ours. We are caught in a mass media hysteria and nothing is going to change until we stop the verbal garbage and clarify the situation.

We need to REACH OUT not lash out.

We are caught in a paradox of being human. We need our ambition and patriotism to keep the world turning, yet it a double-edged sword that creates competiviness, greed, mistrust and misunderstanding.

We need less hysteria and more CLARITY in our world.

Because we are all human.

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