Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Last night Jon and I caught a documentary on CNN. Before on normal Sunday nights before dinner, it's either I would catch a couple of comedy shows at home or would be strolling in the mall or somewhere with him or friends. He dominates the tv more because he's usually selective. But I was glad we stayed and watched it together. It's something that would touch you and make you feel you're still luckier than a lot of other people. I think it's very selfish to say that. But anyway, I think we gathered the main part of the story which is about the Israeli-Palestine Parents Circle, primarily focusing on trying to make a change to Palestinian people who was devasteted by relentless wars and was succumbed to fear, loss of trust and hate. A group of volunteers had an idea to build a small soccer field for children to play. But prior to that the representatives of Parents Circle crossed the border of the Palestine to have a dialogue with them as part of their aim for peace and change. There was this one Israeli bomb survivor who lost his daughter because of Palestinian Bomb suicides. He expressed how angry and vengeful he was for a very long time. But then realised nothing will come out of it if it continues. And so he initiated peace talks to different people and talked to the small community out of hate and war. There were very young audiences in the dialogue; neighbors who became families for those who have lost so much. It was sad to hear their stories. They said they can't believe in peace until they see it and advised the man to tell it to the government. The Israeli man tried to explain it would take forever if they wait for the government. Respect and love should start within themselves. If more people like them will express it, then there's a much bigger chance to stop all the violence. You could see the heavy burden they carry through their eyes. Neither of the groups wanted for anything like that to happen. The dialogue ended with both parties shaking hands and smiling. Could they really spark the change?
Later part of the show it was revealed that the Palestinian elders in the community changed their minds and the Israeli Government did not want to allow the Israeli kids to enter the border and play with the Palestinian children. Their reason was if they are not allowed to enter the Israel, then so is the other side. It would be very unsafe if they continue. It could be terrible. I was frustrated myself. They are just kids. Why can't they be given the freedom to play and meddle with others? Would it hurt to have them exhaust their heavy burden in mere soccer play? Should the tension of others pass it amongst these innocent kids? But then I am not in their situation. I am not in their country. I am not brave enough to influence people to change their hearts and minds. I felt sad the goal was not met in the documentary. However, I felt the sincerity and compassion of those people. They decided to go on with their lives. They had experienced suffering, inequality and injustice. They carry on.
The soccer field was built but not useless. It put smiles to the Palestinian kids and hope. Hope that one day, they could meddle freely with others without any worry.