Virunga

I have discovered the magic of Quink this week!  With this ink, you barely even have to try. 

Even the strongest are vulnerable. 

The latter drawing was inspired by Virunga, a documentary about how poachers, army rebels, and an oil corporation threaten one of Congo's biggest hopes- the Virunga National Park.  It is currently streaming on Netflix and I strongly recommend it. This heart-wrenching documentary asks thoughtful questions about how greed and hatred can arise out of ignorance, vulnerability, and distance. 

These questions seem to be a theme in my life recently, as they are also addressed in the book I am currently reading -- Three Cups of Tea by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson.   Greg Mortenson seeks to bring education to children in Pakistan and Afghanistan by building schools in the region. The book discusses at length the dangers of grouping all Muslims together and the necessity for education in the fight on terror. Pakistan general, Bashir says, " The enemy is ignorance. The only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever." p. 310

This morning I read this relevant passage as an introduction to Ch. 23:

Our earth is wounded. Her oceans and lakes are sick; her rivers
are like running sores; The air is filled with subtle poisons. And the oily
smoke of countless hellish fires blackens the sun. Men and women, 
scattered from homeland, family, friends, wander desolate and uncertain 
scorched by a toxic sun...

In this desert of frightened, blind uncertainty, some take refuge in
the pursuit of power. Some become manipulators of illusion and deceit. 

If wisdom and harmony still dwell in this world, as other than a dream lost
in an unopened book, they are hidden in our heartbeat.
And it is from our hearts that we cry out. We cry out and our voices 
are the single voice of this wounded earth. Our cries are a 
great wind across the earth.

-From The Warrior Song of King Gezar