A world on fire

Published November 19, 2006 · Estimated reading time: 2 minutes · Share your thoughts
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I found this music video by Sarah McLachlan through Media that Matters Film Festival several months ago and since then I haven’t been able to help but admire how well it is executed. To an extent, pictures and words of the suffering in the world have made me somewhat desensitized to that particular thing. But this is an exception, someone actually DID something… every time I view it I am moved by its empowering, uplifting message and cannot help but feel– simply inspired!

“The song is about trying not to feel paralyzed when we see all that is wrong with the world, and remembering that even the smallest gesture can make a difference — corny but true. I wanted a video that wasn’t about me and wasn’t preachy, but one that would help shine a light on the tragedy and turmoil in the world and also show the beauty and strength of the human spirit. Sophie and everyone else who touched this video worked tirelessly and for free to make it happen. This was a labor of love for all the right reasons and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
-Sarah McLachlan

Sometimes others’ plight, others’ worlds, seem so distant from our own. We become so wrapped in our cocoons that we lose perspective of where we stand in the world, we lose touch of reality, we exaggerate– the bumps in our path transform into mountains, our pain transforms into unbearable suffering. I have always been afraid of that– afraid of forgetting the things that matter the most, afraid of falling into the lines of the consumer culture.

The world is on fire, literally, and if you are reading this, like me, you are probably part of a fortunate minority, and elite who growing up has escaped the wrath of poverty, hunger, persecution, war, addiction, droughts, homelessness, helplessness among the entire body of humanity. There is an ever-growing gap among us and we, this fortunate elite, are not in this position because of our great merits. But rather, in an interconnected world, the quality of life and wealth that we enjoy as a society is built on the life and suffering of other human beings. We take, we take… and we give back so little. If you and I can’t help anybody else, if you and I do not each take a share and repay the debt that we owe to the world, to our fellow human beings and our planet, who do we expect will do it for us before our choices come back to haunt us?

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