I wrote the following in my Facebook news feed two days after New Zealand:
I am sitting in Preston Town Hall at the Multicultural fair, cultural diversity Festival 2019. There are hijab’s and henna painted hands everywhere, so many different cultures. Firstly I went to the Preston Mosque, ironically the day after NZ they had already invited their neighbours so they could meet and enjoy a meal together. I was privileged to hear the Imaan give his welcome speech and his communities comment on NZ. I firstly had spent an hour having my hand shaken by both Muslim men and women thanking me for being there, I did not know if it is cool to walk around a mosque with tears flowing from your eyes so I sort of controlled it. The Imaan spoke of common humanity, then of a noble death, where you are looked after in the afterlife. He quoted the Koran where it says if you kill an innocent human being you kill the spirit of the human race. I made a promise to myself at that moment I will do everything in my power that this will never happen again on my watch.
I picked up my friend and extraordinary poet Ari Amal’s beautiful tome: The Details and the Infinite when I got home and opened it to the following poem, it spoke to my heart, here is her webpage link: Find out about Ari.
May All The Blossoms Within You Unfurl
It only takes one brave bud
To start a revolution
So to the buds in you that are yearning to burst open
These words are for you:
Spring has come
It is time to become
All that you are
So lift your face to the sun
& laugh with the sky
For even your fragrance is a Gift
To those who happen by
It only takes one brave bud
To start a revolution
So tell me,
Who amongst you will inspire
I don’t think the human being who committed the heinous act in Christchurch had read it, who amongst us will do what it takes to transform the world into the majestic place it could be. What have we written about it, let’s take a look:
1. One of the bravest acts a human being , can commit in their lifetime, be themselves in the face of the crap society throws at them not to be.
2. Can’t read their name, but I have enjoyed the revolution, my artistic friends have created for the past 45 years: Art for Art’s Sake.
3. “Nisker’s book (Essential Crazy Wisdom) is twenty-three times more liberating than the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran combined. It may be crazy to say such a thing but it is also wise.” — Tom Robbins, author.
4. From the Black Panthers, if you don’t know who they are, google it. It’s not about the people, it’s about their stand: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
5. Begin one today.
6. No Isaac Newton here, grow some: Formation.
7. Donald Trump, Scott Morrison and other far-right world leaders, Jacinda and us mob, we are coming for you.
8. Dorothy got this answer to a question, I don’t accept it: Que Sera Sera.
9. A revolution of desire has given us today’s world, pick again.
10. Will it be yours, what area in your life will it be: Stir It Up.
11. He, Joseph Stalin may have got carried away with his zeal but I get his point, just don’t go over the top like Uncle Joe did.
12. When I read George’s books, I decided Tyrion Lannister was one of the great characters in literature. Not just fantasy literature – literature! A brilliant, caustic, horny, drunken, self-flagellating mess of a man. And there was only one choice to play him.”: Never Forget You.
13. And, Go!!
14. If you are decluttering your house to do this, stop it: Smooth Operator.
15. And finally to my Mojo crew, Awakening Women for Men brothers, Warrior of Love travellers, Dancing Eros sisters in male bodies, Expand the Box and Possibility Lab cronies, my ISTA family and my siblings Hugo, Ruthie and Jann, two words, Fuck Yes!!
I think writing this has helped the sadness I feel in my gut for what happened in New Zealand, time to grow some and go.
I like today’s playlist, it has some of music’s icons and one of my favourite spoken word jazz tracks: 10cc with a classic head it off, Gill Scott-Heron then some diva pop from Beyonce. Then we go way back to Dorothy Day. The certified legend Bob Marley follows, next is new to me but not ten million people, The Noisettes, and we finish with the always sensual Sade: Not on my Watch, Anymore.
Do I really have to say it, We need Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included or we all may not wake up one day because we thought everything was OK and someone will prove that wasn’t true in an ultimate way.
I love this blog post, Rod. I can feel your passion, your determination and your sadness. Keith and I went to the Preston Mosque on Sunday for their open day and I had a similar reaction to you. I could not stop the tears flowing. I think the outcome of the tragic event in NEw Zealand has had the opposite effect to what they intended. Love is stronger than hate and we will all stand together against those who hope to divide us.
Thanks, I love your beautiful heart.
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