Shannon found this talk from Raffi at Victoria’s TEDx event. He connects the idea of respecting the child as a whole person with respecting the world as a whole earth. It’s a talk, but he sings a song too. It’s Raffi!
Shared Experience – We all have a common experiences of being born babies.
Formative Moments- what’s more important than a child’s first impressions of life?
It Takes a Village – Raffi sings a song. (Apparently, Raffi sang for the World Bank, and they really appreciated that. No one ever sings for the World Bank. This got a smile out of me.)
There is nothing small about the human spirit.
Child Honouring – not being ruled by children, but ensuring we respect them and they feel respect for who they are.
Infants are uniquely impressionable, susceptible and vulnerable to their environments
We can redesign society for the greatest good.
We are the roots and shoots of the world.
You are the hope for humanity. Each of you. Not someone else.
I think Raffi might be an idealist. But, I don’t mind that.
A 50-foot female humpback whale became entangled in crab nets near the Farallon Islands in December of 2005.
A rescue team of local divers saw the huge mammal and set out to rescue her. She was having trouble staying afloat, as the ropes dug into her blubber and the weights pulled her down.
The whale remained perfectly still as the divers cut through the ropes. When she was freed, witnesses said that she swam out 100 years to sea, and then returned to her rescuers, gently nudging each of them one by one.
“Our horse chestnut is in full bloom, thickly covered with leaves and much more beautiful than last year,” wrote Anne Frank in her diary on Saturday, May 13, 1944.
The now famous tree could be seen from the window of the secret annex where Anne and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in World War II. That tree was a continuous reminder to Anne during those years of the changing seasons and provided hope for the new life that she would begin following her liberation.
In recent years, the chestnut tree has faced some pretty serious challenges – a deadly fungus and moth infestation – and just narrowly avoided being cut down in 2007. Some support structures have been built, allowing the tree to remain standing.
A few years ago, Anne Frank House (the museum that is housed in the very building that hid them in Amsterdam) began collecting chestnuts from the grand tree with the intention of allowing it’s offspring to continue to flourish and inspire hope in places all over the world, including Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial and Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas among others.
“As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow.” ~ Anne Frank, February 23, 1944
When Rodan’s partner and true love Malena was shot in Croatia, he left her with the Vokics and took their young family to spend the winter in South Africa. Doctors and the Vokic family didn’t expect Malena to survive through that first winter, but she surprised them all. And also to their surprise, Rodan made the 13,000 kilometres journey back in the spring to reconnect with Malena – and has every spring since.
Rodan and Malena are white storks, and while the species is not always monogamous, these two have proven time and again that they are meant to be. Malena was shot through the wing by hunters, and although her life was saved by local veterinarians and by the family that nursed her back to health, the tragedy left her unable to fly.
The couple continues to mate and every year, Rodan teaches the young to fly (traditionally the mother’s duty) and in the winter he accompanies the brood to warm and sunny South Africa. Malena waits patiently for him to return to her backyard home in the spring.
Who says that birds aren’t romantic?
Can all the creatures of earth find and feel a love such as this?
(the original article and another photo can be found here)