yes, you read that correctly - i've been thinking a bit about one of the gifts hurricane Katrina has given to us, the American people
and here's where i'll begin
a month or so ago i was watching a documentary - yes, i like to watch a lot of documentaries - smile
and i was watching one on the Tibetan monks and how they lost their mother land in Tibet
and yes, this was a horrible thing done to them, the take over of their land and culture and the slaughter of most of their beloved people
so, they lost their land and then they were transported all over the world, to live and practice Buddhism
now, i remember in the 60's and 70's where the rock stars were going to these far-off places, climbing mountains for days to commune with Buddhist monks - cuz they never left their mountain tops...
so the few, very select few with lots of money and time, got to receive any kind of enlightenment from them (the monks)
i can drive a few hours and walk into a house and talk to one of these learned souls....and get enlightenment
so enlightment is now open to all who wish to receive it!
next documentary ~ spike lee's 'When the Levees Broke"
i just finished watching this most powerful and insightful documentary...and cried when i watch bodies floating, people talking about their loss and i was sad when i watch people still living in tents on their own land waiting for temp trailers and then their houses re-built
but i caught just a small glimpse of something
one mother, was transported to Minnesota, i think it was Minnesota -- well, let's say someplace cold and white - - if you get my drift
so, this mother got there and the town welcomes her with open arms..she eventually found her two kids and brought them back to this town where they built her a home and like i said welcomed her with open arms...this black mom and two kids in an all white town..
so the town gets a bit of NOLA enlightenment and culture and learns that black people are the same as them ~ moving the human race just a bit closer to being racial free
and this is just one example of how this natural and man-made disaster has spread the special essence of NOLA to the great US of A.
now i would be the first to say, i wish Katrina had never happened
just as i wish that the monks didn't had to flee their own homes in their beautiful mountains
but they did and it did happen
a personal example of the spread of the wonderful NOLA spirit was an encounter i had at a local drinking establishment...i heard the man sitting next to me order with a thick, strange accent -- so nosy me, i had to ask where he was from...and i was surprised to find he was from NOLA
he was a male nurse transported to my own home town..so, we spent the next few hours talking about his home, jazz and well, a conversation about so many subjects that i normally would not have had with a stranger.. but i felt - knowing about his plight that he was not a stranger to me -- heck, i knew more about his situation from the news than i did about what my own brother and sister's life
now, i never saw him again but i will always remember his spirit
so, could these two events and thousands more like them have ever happened without Katrina?
and now for something completely different ~ a new kind of office fight