Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tapping and Sharing Inaccessible Resources


Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

I’ve spent the past week on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. We see the ocean out the front window, and have spent many hours walking the beach.
Yet, in this place where the SEA is the most abundant fixture, we are constantly reminded to conserve water.

Conservation is required, because while we are surrounded by water, it is undrinkable, being full of salt.

Sitting in the sand, I meditated on inaccessible resources:

***What a child in a wheelchair experiences, when the door of the church bathroom is too narrow for passage;
***What a hungry beggar in Mumbai feels, when smelling the kitchen aromas wafting from the Oberoi hotel;
***What a man of color lives with, when standing outside the white mens’ halls of power.


Today, the history of the world is being rewritten.

Today, in Washington, D.C., our 44th president, a black man, moved into the White House, a building built by black slaves OWNED by white men.
Today, unavailable power became available.

Today, the voiceless have a voice.

Today, the definitions of being a citizen of the United States and a citizen of the world changed.
We have discovered there is enough ocean....and water...for all.
What great peace, justice and joy lies ahead!

*Update*: Watch the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States:

Read the text of the President Barack Obama's inaugural address, here (via White House blog). View additional Official White House video's, here (via YouTube).

*Note*: added video and link to inaugural address; last updated on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 5:48 AM (EST).