I heard Barack Obama's Speech in Berlin today before a crowd of 200,000. And it was as if Abe Lincoln, JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. were speaking in unison.
In part, he said, "Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.
That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another.
The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down."
And then I saw Matt's video below and it so beautifully illustrated Obama's call for global unity. (After sniffing paint fumes all day) it is a breath of fresh air in so many ways.
14 months in the making, 42 countries, and a cast of thousands, Matt Harding got the entire planet dancing together to the same song.
Here is a translation of the poem "Stream of Life," by Rabindranath Tagore, which Siddique adapted for "Dancing":
Stream of Life
by Rabindranath Tagore
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.