We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB in April

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Welcome to the second post – yep, back again! –  of the We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB!  You can sign up here.

Our special lead co-hosts for this month are Belinda,  Peter, Mary, Inderpreet, and Simon  and they are committed to stories about peace, love and joy.  Please visit their blogs as well.

Some other participants to check out include….  Damyanti Biswas, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Kate Powell, Lynn Hallbrooks,  Michelle WallaceRoshan RadhakrishnanSusan Scott, Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath and many more besides.

So… on with the story.

I don’t blame anyone for the situation, said  Sankalpa Mahatara.

There is too much anger in this world. Why do we need more?
Mahatara was innocently stabbed during what appeared to be a rampage of youths through Canberra and Queanbeyan. He just happened to be there at the time. Mahatara is a carer for his mother and was stressed that this incident affected his ability to provide for her.  All he wanted to do was go back to helping his mother and working his job.

More of this story can be read in The Canberra Times. Queanbeyan, a regional  NSW city near Canberra, has its share of joys and woes. But this event shocked the region.  So many asked why these young people did such a thing and what sort of home life were they raised in?

What is interesting for us is Sankalpa Mahatara’s response.  He did not want to react to violence and hate with more of the same. He did not want to spread hate.  He saw the value of the simple things in life. An honest day’s work.  Care for family.  Courteously considering our neighbours in the human family.  He is a man of basic nobility, in its truest sense. May he, and his mother, know more peace in their lives.

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We Don’t Pass On The Hate

(In honour of Sankalpa Mahatara and his Mother)

We don’t pass on the hate,

We pause and breathe and wait,

There’s already enough hate.

We don’t point the finger of blame,

Our role is not to shame,

Nor is it to defame.

We don’t pass hurt around,

Ears pain upon its sound,

There’s enough hurt to be found.

We speak and act for peace,

From violence we seek release,

We give our lives for peace.

We seek the truth in love,

Open hand, not fisted glove,

Of goodness lived in love.

So spread some cheer along,

We thrill to hear its song,

Among friends and to the throng.

Simon C.J. Falk 28 April 2017

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  1.  Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
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Can you help us on a team of Co-hosts?  Contact Damyanti on atozstories at gmail dot com.

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38 thoughts on “We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB in April

  1. This is a great story of resilience. I give this young man so much credit for being determined to care for his mom and get back to work, along with not letting anger or revenge enter into his mind. Bravo to him!

    Love the poem, Simon. Sankalpa would approve 🙂

  2. What an inspiring response from this young man. It’s amazing how you can just feel the shift a response like this can create, affirming the possibility of breaking the chain of violence begetting violence and anger in return. Thanks for posting this story – and for your poem as well. And thanks for co-hosting this wonderful gathering of goodness this month.

  3. Under the circumstances I don’t know if I’d be as generous as Sankalpa Mahatara. But I’m glad that he is here on this earth to guide the way for the rest of us who might be inclined to lash out in hate. Great story for #WATWB. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Wow, what an inspiring story. I would hope that if something this terrible happened to me I could show the same strength this man has.
    So great to meet you through this blogfest.

  5. His response is extraordinary Simon thank you for sharing it. And 1000% and more, apt for WATWB. We can ALL learn from this. Will share on social media. Your poem too is lovely … and thank you for hosting!

  6. It is hopeful to hear about a response that does not answer violence with violence. Prayers for his healing and a prosperous life. Your poem was lovely. Thanks for co-hosting this blog fest.

  7. Hi Simon – thank you for visiting during the A-Z … and I do so hope this young man makes a full recovery – he is obviously a tower of strength and could teach so many of us a thing or two … oh to have a world full of Sankalpa Mahataras – brilliant and amazing man … as you so rightly point out … his attitude to his two young attackers and to the love he expressed for his mother, and for you and us who note his story to spread love about it – so other don’t do the same …

    Loved the poem too Simon – really well crafted … cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/we-are-world-in-darkness-be-light-2.html

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