Because the world feels dark these days, particularly in this imperiled republic, some light: For 30 years, Pakistani firefighter Mohammed Ayub - aka Master Ayub - has spent his "free" time running a School In the Park for Islamabad children who would otherwise spend their days on the street, working, and illiterate. Wanting "to be of some use," he started with one boy and one notebook; there are now over 200 kids, Muslim and Christian. Gandhi: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
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Master Ayub had the means to help--and so he used those means, for the only meaningful purpose for which means and wealth exists: to help others and all.
Whatever means and wealth we have: may we use it meaningfully, by giving, not pointlessly die without having done so.
I am always heartened by stories like this one, and the groups that teach Muslim and Jewish children in Israel and Palestine.
* These tiny lights shine ever brighter in a world turning darker in the thrall of fascism and the increasing torment of growing Nazism.
* The world has lived through dark ages before, but always the dream of freedom, of learning, of empathy towards all has provided a light, sometimes hidden under a bushel, that can one day blaze up and overcome the forces of darkness, cruelty, greed and power.
* There is an old story told of a Cherokee Elder.
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
Let us all learn to feed the good wolf.