Something to think about …. Empathy!!


~~July 31, 2014~~ 

Empathy is the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another sentient or fictional being. One may need to have a certain amount of empathy before being able to experience accurate sympathy or compassion.


Palestine is a geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. It is sometimes considered to include adjoining territories. The name was used by Ancient Greek writers, and was later used for the Roman province Syria Palaestina, the Byzantine Palaestina Prima and the Umayyad and Abbasid province of Jund Filastin. The region is also known as the Land of Israel, the Holy Land, the Southern Levant, Cisjordan, and historically has been known by other names including Canaan, Southern Syria and Jerusalem.

Situated at a strategic location between Egypt, Syria and Arabia, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the region has a long and tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics.


Israel is a country in Western Asia, situated at the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It shares land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories (or State of Palestine) comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip on the east and southwest respectively, Egypt and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south, and it contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State; it is the world’s only Jewish-majority state.


Look at those eyes!

I’m very much aware that they are posed pictures. Imagine for a second that they are real children of both countries. What difference can you see? I think none. They are sweet spirits on this Earth and adults are messing them up. 

That can’t continue. 

I do not pretend to say I am an expert at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Neither am I a scholar of the dynamics, politics of the region. I know about the existence of the countries and the fact that they have been at war “forever”. I do not know the details behind the politics of now or of the past. I do not claim to know what are the precise reasons for the persistent conflict.


I think I do know about humanity because I am a member of this group. I like to think that I have “empathy” for other human beings. It doesn’t matter to me which countries are involved. I understand the suffering anyone in that situation could be feeling. I wouldn’t want to be there.

I see the death toll climb, I see graphic pictures of the human loss, I see the destruction of the country: hospitals, schools, infrastructure. 

Irregardless of political views ….. this continues to be wrong!!





~~For World Peace~~

“Song for Peace by Kitaro”

~~Uploaded on Sep 20, 2009~~

Dedicated to the United Nations’ International Day of Peace celebrated each year on September 21.
Join and spread the Spirit of Peace, because Peace can only prosper as a collective condition of human heart and mind, for the sake of all Children!
…. and the Dream of World Peace will become Reality!




To start the day …. Beautiful path!!

~~June 18, 2014~~

Thích Nhất Hạnh (born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.

Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh is active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict and he is also refraining from animal product consumption as means of non-violence towards non-human animals.


“The path of peace is not a passive journey. It takes incredible strength not to open a can of ‘whoop-ass’, justifiably, when ones button is pushed.”
~~T.F. HodgeFrom Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”~~

“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?” 
~~Garth NixSabriel~~

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”
~~Tom Hiddleston~~




~~For World Peace – “Song for Peace by Kitaro”~~

~~Uploaded September 20, 2009~~

Dedicated to the United Nations’ International Day of Peace celebrated each year on September 21.


We ALL are ONE!!