holding center

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
The Second Coming
William Butler Yeats

The preceding verse was read by Jon Krakauer as he introduced the man featured in the book, Three Cups of Tea, about the establishment of schools, primarily for girls, in northeastern Pakistan. I was moved, reading about the realization of such a monumental project, on the flight to Israel and during a rainy afternoon in the Old City, Jerusalem.
I am reminded, on the day after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, of the people who strive for good lives, who wish to co-exist without hostility.

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