South Asian Peacebuilding Program, Gujarat
In summation of my travels:
While in India, I took no souvenirs but pictures, and left nothing behind but memories in the minds of those who had met me. I went to India to learn about peace and violence. Instead, what I learned was far more valuable. These are some of the things that I learned:
-conflict is not made of the same dichotomies that we use to describe it in text books.
-resolution is a word with a definition on paper and that’s about it.
-idols are humans.
-enemies are human too.
-neither idols nor enemies are worth having.
-rules, like religion and science, are only viable if people believe in them.
-I learned what it feels like to be made to feel truly small; I also learned what it feels like to feel truly big.
–stability is an illusion.
-the path I’ve chosen is. And it’s the only one I feel is my duty to take.
-ego, like baggage at the airport, must be checked.
-appreciate the blueness of the sky
-never take a drop of water for granted.
-health is not a right, but a privilege.