I'm late to the table with thank yous on this write, as I'm packing to move again this week, and not able to spend as much time here as I'd like.
I'm humbled by your tender replies. Ethiopia holds a special place in my heart. Years ago I made friends in college with a wonderful student who worked for the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. Zellalem came to this country to receive advanced training in Public Health Education, and I had the pleasure of helping him secure an apt and a job, and introduced him to many of my friends at the college. He spent Christmas with part of my family, sharing some of his traditional customs. I learned through his friendship to love the Ethiopian people as if they were family, even though I never traveled there. My travels through Europe and the Middle East left me with a sense of comraderie and kinship for other peoples of the planet that has lasted to this day. I truly believe that to achieve Peace on Earth requires that we treat every human in every country with equal respect and fairness, and must love all of humanity unconditionally. That's not to say I have to agree with everyone...just respect their space and rights.
Meanwhile, each time I see the faces of children starving, with their kwashiorkor (sp?) swollen bellies, I really do find it difficult to swallow the next bite without a feeling of guilt.
And as I sit here at the PC in comfort, wondering if each keystroke means anything in the long run, if anything I write will have any lasting social importance.
If I've touched one heart or made one person more aware of this devastatingly poor corner of the world...if even one human is more willing to help change our communal sense of direction toward the good of all, then my writing time has not been wasted.
Thank you each for spending a moment with me here, and taking time to reply.