Peoples Geography — Reclaiming space

Creating people's geographies

Perhaps the UN General Assembly could try this approach? :)

… substituting individual actions, of course, for nations ….

“In the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person acts
irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the centre of the village,
alone and unfettered.

All work ceases, and everyone in the village gathers in a large circle
around the accused.

Then each person in the tribe speaks to the accused, one at a time,
recalling the good things the person has done in his life. Every
experience that can be recalled with detail and accuracy is recounted.

All his positive attributes, good deeds, strengths and kindnesses are
recited carefully.

…. At the end, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is
symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe.”

— Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

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This entry was posted on 4 September, 2006 by in Conflict transformation, Peace and Justice, Poetry, Politics and Psychology, Poverty, Quotes, UN, Video.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"