This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge of August 15th, 2014 and the theme is Silhouette
I have tried to keep this blog as apolitical as possible. But we don’t have to take sides when it comes to human suffering, do we? This post is for the innocent victims of the Gaza conflict we have been reading about in the last few weeks now, especially the children.
When I took this picture, I was standing on the city wall of the ancient city of Akko (Acre) in northern Israel. As the sun dipped in the west, one could make out the dome and the minaret of the Jezzar Pasha mosque (White Mosque) on the left, the Israeli flag with the Star of David in the centre, and the massive tower of the ancient Citadel of the Christian Knights Hospitaller.
I looked at the swirling clouds .. they seemed to be starting from different points and drawn towards or merging in to the same blazing sun. Much like these three faiths and others – which may follow different paths, but should eventually merge in the common sun of humanity, compassion and brotherhood.
And yet the light of the sun does not penetrate all the corners of the world simultaneously. Otherwise, we would not have shadows or silhouettes. And so is human nature with its own dark corners – unlit by the sun of wisdom and compassion. The violent actions we witness in Gaza and the world around us is simply a manifestation of those dark shadows and silhouettes within us – whatever the story and however abhorrent, it just seems something we’ll never stop doing. Unfortunately.