My impressions is that you're a commuter between Australia and New Zealand.
And I love both, Fried. I hope it shows in the images I share. It is a bit like Amsterdam to London - more time spent at the airports than flying. From reef to glacier in one day.
Has all this traveling to do with your profession?
Much of it has, Fried for I have been involved in peacebuilding and the training of peacebuilders. That takes me to Solomon Islands, Tonga, NZ, PNG, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Ireland, Germany and other places. But now as I begin retirement, NZ will be an attractive destination for recreational travel.
Peacebuilder.. that must be the most wonderful job in the human world! My parents were active members of the Worldwide Peace Movement; so I was brought up in the thought of peace, as a left-wing child in a Cold War world. And I learned to fear my fellow-human-beings.
I understand your experience to some degree, Fried and it was because of such experience that I was inspired to visit Germany and listen to the stories and voices of many people back in 2005. Peacebuilding I believe is a noble or high calling, but it is risky and costly privilege, that is mostly behind the scenes, though very intentional. Through these experiences I have learned something of the potential to transform enemies into friends.
It is so very disappointing that now the supposed 'Red Danger' has diminished, the old apparent enmity between the 'religions of the book' starts all over again (if it ever faded); but underlying is the real struggle between mastering and enslaving - to which principle organised religion is rather subservient. I think it shouldn't be necessary to make a 'friend' out of everybody to just respect (much violated term) our human congeners and our environment. (But I am too severe, maybe even rigide.)
I appreciate the desire to live in a respectful world, and understand your sentiments, Fried. I am grateful that for most of our lives both you and I have been able to live in an immediate environment of security and peace. The layers of conflict that you identify, are some of those in which I have made some effort to ameliorate and in some situations have seen transformation. But it is an intentional and ongoing journey/task.
I'll always admire the great efforts achieved by people like you in their work for peace; but despite my name, Friederika (she-who-is-rich-in-peace), I'm afraid I can't live up to that high task. :(
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Photo taken in Westland Tai Poutini National Park Unnamed Road, Westland National Park 7886, New Zealand
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