Thursday, December 09, 2004

THE MILLENIUM MOMENT

Some memories are especially important.

One such memory for me is the TURNING OF THE MILLENIUM, 2000. I remember watching on TV the WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION of the NEW MILLENIUM.
It was such a hopeful time.

There were pictures of dancers in Tonga, singers in Africa, musicians in Europe, schoolchildren in the Middle East and in Latin America, happy crowds in East Asia, skaters in Nordic countries-- grinning and celebrating people from throughout the world-- joyously heralding the new millenium. It was a moment of much promise and hope... that diversity of peoples and cultures may hold within its compass a guiding beacon for the future.

Then came 9/11 and the beacon seems dimmer now.

Nonetheless, I hold onto the "millenium moment"-- and the promise it foretells of a brighter tomorrow.

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