September 12, 2008
Event: Holocaust and Genocides
When: Saturday, January 24, 2009
Time: After Sun down
What: Reflections on atrocities against humanity
Where: To be determined
Contact: Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916 and MikeGhouse@aol.com
Previous Report: http://www.foundationforpluralism.com/Images_HolocaustDay/HMD2006_ProgramReport.asp
Reflections on Holocaust:
Texas Jewish Post:
The Foundation for Pluralism and the World Muslim Congress have announced the commemoration of the 2nd Annual Holocaust remembrance day on Sunday, January 24, 2009.
On this day residents of the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex would come together as humans of all affiliations to learn to understand the Human suffering and to develop an open mind and an open heart towards each other in the process of healing and repairing the world. "I believe the biggest contributor in the process of healing is acknowledgement, understanding and feeling the suffering of the other" Mike Ghouse.
My dear friend Eli is a good human being, and has suggested that, let this Remembrance be anchored in the Holocaust but reflect upon atrocities against humanity, no matter where and when. If my heart cannot cry out for the suffering of another human, then I should not expect any one to understand my suffering, but then it would be a world without soul.
I believe the biggest favor we can do to ourselves is to be human, to be human is to feel the pain of another human, helplessness of another being.
We invite an essay in 500 words or less to express the atrocity that you are aware of, that you feel the pain for, together let’s reflect upon the viciousness of a few humans and what we can do “never again” it.
Peace is caused by each one of us, just as atrocities are also initiated by each one among us.
My peace and my security hinges on peace and security around me. If others are not secure and safe, I cannot expect safety for me either. I cannot expect my safety, if I threaten others. I cannot expect peace in others, if it is not in me.
It is in our selfish interests to work for peace. Indeed, it is our duty to cause peace, to initiate peace and to work for peace. Each one of us is responsible to create a better world for ourselves and for human kind. We have to work toward the belief that saving one life is like saving the whole of humanity.
To sustain peace “being peaceful is not enough”, you have to nurture it though your words, actions and initiatives.
In 2006 the United Nations proclaimed January 27th as a Holocaust remembrance day to commemorate the greatest atrocity the world had ever witnessed. In support of that, the Foundation for Pluralism organized an event on Thursday, January 26, 2006 to accommodate the Jewish Sabbath as January 27 fell on a Friday in 2006. Information on last year’s event can be found at: Holocaust day 2006
Reflections on Holocaust: http://www.mikeghouse.net/Articles/Reflections-on-holocaust.asp
Texas Jewish Post: http://www.texasjewishpost.com/print_this_story.asp?smenu=106&sdetail=2794
* I welcome the appropriate words for this press release, please do not complain, if you know the right words and chose not to share. The essence of this action is to be human and connect with other human as human jettisoning all other identities.
Our Mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their follow beings. If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge. We believe that knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of a different point of view.
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