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Jun. 17th, 2010

I went for a walk last night to drop off some stuff at the Church. It was a perfect evening. Really still and crisp and calm. It was dark but the tunnel was well lit for once. I walked through and there weren't any cars. It was really quiet and you could hear water dripping down in places through the old bricks. I imagined the place collapsing and the whole weight of the hill coming down into the tunnel. It was eerie but also kind of magical, like it was a dangerous place and I was alone in it. Weird, huh, but it's sometimes fun to let your imagination go wild.

Today was really busy at school. I have been teaching about cluster munitions to one class, the Reformation to another and restorative justice to a third. My seniors are learning about the Church's response to IVF. It seems like a heavy load but it's really meaningful stuff. In 45 days cluster munitions will be banned on an international level and my class is pretty excited about that now that they know what a cluster bomb can do. We're proud of NZ being one of the first to sign the treaty banning cluster munitions although it took us a whole year to ratify it. I can't understand why the USA hasn't signed. Or why Australia hasn't ratified. China hasn't signed either. Nor has Russia. Even the UK is trying to keep their own little version of a cluster bomb. Why do these countries all want to hurt people so badly? I hate war. The nun in my class today got really cross all of a sudden, she said all this talk talk talk and paperwork but who is DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT! It was great!

And on that note... another busy day tomorrow. I hope you have a good one... tofa soifua. That's good bye.


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Jun. 18th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
NZ often seems to show the rest of us the way to go. Perhaps because nobody sees NZ as a threat of any kind the NZ government can afford to 'threaten' the world with peace?? Does that make sense?
Jun. 22nd, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
-Perhaps because nobody sees NZ as a threat of any kind the NZ government can afford to 'threaten' the world with peace?? Does that make sense?
True, no one can just cross our borders and take over. We have time to see them coming. A handy ploy when one's history involved a lot of time in canoes...

We believe in peace very strongly and perhaps that's because, as you say, we don't really know war on our own ground.
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