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My minuscule universe is gigantic


By Marivel Guzman

Light rail train

Light rail train – Through my window series. LIfe is moving away, or life goes. Two different perspectives of reality. Sacramento, Calif. February 18, 2018. (Photo/Marivel Guzman)

I see that train passing by in front of my window several times a day and every time I wonder, “what if I take a train and just ride it until the end?” With no stops, no stress of worries left behind, with nothing to take my attention from the thrill of the ride.

People move around in circles; Homeless have no way to go so they keep walking until night fall. They have no sense of belonging but looking to the end.People move around in circles; Homeless have no way to go so they keep walking until night fall. They have no sense of belonging but looking to the end.

 

Homeless in my city

“Homeless in my city” Homelessness is equal opportunity taker where we see young and old, black and white, and Interesting enough we see rich and poor in this pool of misery. Sacramento, Calif. December 18, 2017. (Photo/Marivel Guzman)

 

On the other hand the rest of us are plugged into a matrix that disconnect our consciousness from reality. This matrix keeps us in survival mode but I’m not talking about the flight instinct we sentients beings have but a pure survival mode, where the old 8 to 5 keeps us busy eating to work-sleeping to rest- working to eat in a perpetual circle.

After the last shooting in Florida we found ourselves trying to make sense of the event. We blame the authorities, we blame the people, we blame the National Rifle Association, we blame Donald Trump and his foolishness to deliver a kind apology that resemble to the one Barrack Obama delivered to the country after another mass shooting.

I think I should apologize to friends for allowing myself to be drawn into the circle of discord arguing policies that niether I like or control. I want to say that I’m very opinionated and this gift has given me ‘hard’ time in my present reality—Time to back up a little bit.

We all are being part of the Truman show—There is a constant battle between perception and reality. The main character, Truman Burbank, lives in a bogus world, which is all he knows and believes to be reality—-but we are unwilling participants of the show. Can we for a moment stop and think and realize that there are bigger players on top of the pyramid who care less who live of dies. A real puppeteer who is pulling the strings.
It does come to my mind a movie I watched few years ago, “Rat Race,” take an hour and watch the movie and come back the show, actually watch also “The Truman Show,” both movies give a glimpse of our matrix.

Sometimes I think too much and some will say that I’m just a drop in the ocean who can not change the Status Quo, what do you think.

Few years back a wrote a little piece called piece in facebook as a note, which tells about myself and why I’m peace activist. Indeed I’m in love reflects my passion for humanity. Peace activism at least for me is all volunteer work born from the heart.

How much do we know about our next door neighbor or how much we know about the situations in other communities, cities and other countries. No do not have time to think on them. Or. simply we do not have energy to care. Personally I do not know about my neighbors, it is a sad reality. I do not even know the lives of the people who share my apartment and that is still sadder.

I have to pull myself from all the clatter and remember that I’m in my present reality to speak for Palestine. I become journalist to write about Palestine and that task keeps me grounded. I think of myself as lonely warrior a voice from the cyber space in a world full of chaos. (I wrote “A voice from the cyber space,” 0n 2007 and was published by Veterans Today with all type of grammar mistakes, but I do not care the  article expresses my feelings)

I’m in the social media environment for Palestine and Palestine only and if this journey rewards me or punish me so be it I do not do it for profits because the cause is sacred for me. If in the future I have to fund an NGO—Presidents and CEOs need money to live—will be for the purpose to help raise the voice for those who can not do it on their own.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m wasting my time doing what I’m doing trapped in a reality that seems meaningless to my dreams. I want to make a difference in this reality but as I learn more about the matrix less it seems to matter the change I want to see. The task seems impossible, unimaginable, paramount to my energy but at the same time I feel energized on the same thought that my minuscule universe represents for the people I touch.

My friend Raja (RIP) wrote those words on a piece I wrote more than 10 years ago “The Opinion Makers” and I like them so much because they expressed my true self so I will end with Raja Mujtaba’s words.

“The writer is a friend from the Cyber world, a lady of strong commitments and devotion whose heart burns for those who are distressed and are in pain. She is a fighter on moral grounds, her convictions and truth are her only weapons.“ Major Raja Mujtab

Celebrities for Palestine awaken conscience speak up; Marjorie Wright


by Marivel Guzman

Marjorie Wright, American writer and producer winner of the 2009 Armin T. Wegner Award

Marjorie Wright, American writer and producer winner of the 2009 Armin T. Wegner Award

Marjorie Wright is an American filmmaker of conscience concerned with human rights. In 2008 wrote and Co-directed with Lucy Martens, “Voices From Inside, Israelis Speak,” a film that weaves historic footage with modern-day views of Palestine: its partition walls, “apartheid roads,” demolished homes and the Israeli soldiers sent to “protect” Israel, says, The San Francisco Reporter.

In 2011 Wright was part of a group of 267  artists and supporters of the arts—including dozens of prominent playwrights, actors, directors, filmmakers, producers and theater professors from the U.S., New Zealand, Israel, England and other countries—have signed a public letter to Israeli authorities decrying the Israeli military’s attacks on The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, a northern city in the West Bank, Palestine, which was founded by Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was assassinated on  4 April 2011 in  Jenin.

Voices From Inside, Israelis Speak is a documentary film tracing an Israeli evolution of consciousness from early Zionism, a holocaust perspective, and seeds of militaristic nationalism to a positive modern perspective of conscience, honesty, and reconciliation: the real path to lasting peace.
The 16 peace activists interviewed for the film say citizens of Israel need to wake up to the country’s reality, particularly parents who send their sons and daughters to the army in which, “blinded by power,” they commit unspeakable acts.

Those Jews who speak out against human-rights abuses in Israel and Palestine increasingly face their own “ominous loss of rights,” Wright says. “There have been arrests, confiscation of computers, threats of huge fines and imprisonment.” Recent interviews with American Jewish academics, Wright says, point to the rise of what they call “fascist elements inside Israeli society and the erosion of rights even for Jewish citizens.”

The film was awarded  Arpa’s Armin T. Wegner in 2009, which each year is awards a motion picture that contributes to the fight for social conscience and human rights, “Voices from Inside: Israelis Speak.” “This feature length documentary film is based on the stories of 16 Jewish Israeli voices of conscience, each representing a different facet of the peace movement inside Israel,” says Zaven Khachaturian, Arpa Film Festival Curator who invited the film to the festival.

On 2013, Wright wrote Voices Across the Divide, “Millions of dollars are spent on campus groups and in the media, aggressively promoting an Israel-right-or-wrong political stand and actively attacking students, professors, writers, and performers who exhibit sympathy or interest in “the other side.” This muzzling of the dialogue is a major threat to our fundamental principles of free speech and tolerance and thus to our basic democratic values. It is also deeply corruptive to our foreign policy and our ability to understand how others see us. Voices Across the Divide follows Alice Rothchild’s personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US, exploring voices for a just peace in the region.” Written by Alice Rothchild

Voices From Inside

 

Voices From Inside, Israelis Speak Part 2

 

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