Shelters and Storms
Last night I saw The Constant Gardener and wept about it later. I don't recommend it for everyone. This is a very mature movie.
Very few movies get into my heart like this one has. But, that's the thing about love, and family, and Africa. I want to love my wife and children. I want to be broken for Africa. I want to help knowlegably and effectively, not out of guilt or shame, but rather passion and compassion.
And for all my Canadian friends in Africa now, helping and serving and administering love for the care and amnesty of many - know that I am praying for you today - over here in Canada. But I want to do more for Africa, for India, for the Middle East, for the 10/40 window.
I want to do more than 'consume' things that numb this pain. This oil-import pic is from coean. washington. edu. Here's an inter- esting mid-August Forbes article on trade and oil.
The Constant Gardener is more about neo-pharmacology than oil, but the comparisons are all there. A great bio-tech neo-pharm read is Francis Fukuyama's Our Post-Human Future.
I've been catching bits and pieces of 'shelter from the storm' - the Red Cross telethon repeated again today here in Canada. Like Live 8 all over again, but these celebrities and musicians are really alive in this moment. It's very touching to see and hear all those stories and songs... especially hearing from all those needy people first hand. To viewers in nearly 100 countries. Well done.
Here in Calgary, friends at Samaritan's Purse are preparing a semi-truck to help serve the rebuilding effort. Go for it Cliff.
Here's Jacob Appelbaum's photoblog inside the Astrodome.