November 9, 2014

25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

It’s been 25 years since the Berlin Wall has fallen. Consolidating the occasion for the people in Central and Eastern Europe to intensify their fight that, until early next year the communist regimes, installed after WWII,  fell, exposing the destruction and crimes (not yet fully acknowledged) of the soviet led rule.

25 years later Germany, Europe, and every country that have been  under the Iron Curtain are still trying to come to terms with the history, understand it and overcome the rifts created by a system built on fear.

Today, pieces from the wall are scattered throughout Berlin and the world. The huge blocks have become canvases expressing the need, want and search for freedom, love and togetherness.   
And also that there are many other to tear down, in our minds and souls, our homes, our countries and in our world.

“There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes.”
Leo Tolstoy

LICHTGRENZE - The Splitscreen Movie

August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Michael !

"I´m committed to my art. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. And I believe that that is the very reason for the existence of art and what I do. And I feel fortunate in being that instrument through which music flows…
Deep inside I feel that this world we live in is really a big, huge, monumental symphonic orchestra. I believe that in its primordial form all of creation is sound and that it’s not just random sound, that it’s music. You’ve heard the expression, music of the spheres? Well, that’s a very literal phrase. In the Gospels, we read, “And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.” That ‘breath of life’ to me is the music of life and it permeates every fiber of creation.
In one of the pieces of the ‘Dangerous’ album, I say: “Life songs of ages, throbbing in my blood, have danced the rhythm of the tide and flood.” This is a very literal statement, because the same new miracle intervals and biological rhythms that sound out the architecture of my DNA also governs the movement of the stars. The same music governs the rhythm of the seasons, the pulse of our heartbeats, the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, the cycles of growth, evolution and dissolution. It’s music, it’s rhythm. And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance. It’s like, my purpose, it’s what I’m here for."
Michael Jackson
(taken from Ebony/Jet interview,  May 1992)

We love you.

August 12, 2014

World Elephant Day - August 12, 2014

Today is World Elephant Day, an effort towards raising awareness and support for keeping the elephants in the wild where they belong.
With ivory poaching on the rise (it is estimated that 20,000 elephants were killed last year), habitats being destroyed the situation is desperate.

For information and ways to help:

So the Elephants March

                   written by Michael Jackson

A curious fact about elephants is this: In order to survive, they mustnt fall down. Every other animal can stumble and get back up again. But an elephant always stands up, even to sleep. If one of the herd slips and falls, it is helpless. It lies on its side, a prisoner of its own weight. Although the other elephants will press close around it in distress and try to lift it up again, there isnt usually much they can do. With slow heaving breaths, the fallen elephant dies. The others stand vigil, then slowly move on.
This is what I learned from nature books, but I wonder if they are right. Isnt there another reason why elephants cant fall down? Perhaps they have decided not to. Not to fall down is their mission. As the wisest and most patient of the animals, they made a pact — I imagine it was eons ago, when the ice ages were ending. Moving in great herds across the face of the earth, the elephants first spied tiny men prowling the tall grasses with their flint spears.
What fear and anger this creature has, the elephants thought. But he is going to inherit the earth. We are wise enough to see that. Let us set an example for him.

Then the elephants put their grizzled heads together and pondered. What kind of example could they show to man? They could show him that their power was much greater than his, for that was certainly true. They could display their anger before him, which was terrible enough to uproot whole forests. Or they could lord it over man through fear, trampling his fields and crushing his huts.
In moments of great frustration, wild elephants will do all of these things, but as a group, putting their heads together, they decided that man would learn best from a kinder message.

Let us show him our reverence for life, they said. And from that day on, elephants have been silent, patient, peaceful creatures. They let men ride them and harness them like slaves. They permit children to laugh at their tricks in the circus, exiled from the great African plains where they once lived as lords.
But the elephants most important message is in their movement. For they know that to live is to move. Dawn after dawn, age after age, the herds march on, one great mass of life that never falls down, an unstoppable force of peace.

Innocent animals, they do not suspect that after all this time, they will fall from a bullet by the thousands. They will lie in the dust, mutilated by our shameless greed. The great males fall first, so that their tusks can be made into trinkets. Then the females fall, so that men may have trophies. The babies run screaming from the smell of their own mothers blood, but it does them no good to run from the guns. Silently, with no one to nurse them, they will die, too, and all their bones bleach in the sun.

In the midst of so much death, the elephants could just give up. All they have to do is drop to the ground. That is enough. They dont need a bullet: Nature has given them the dignity to lie down and find their rest. But they remember their ancient pact and their pledge to us, which is sacred. So the elephants march on, and every tread beats out words in the dust: Watch, learn, love. Watch, learn, love. Can you hear them? One day in shame, the ghosts of ten thousand lords of the plains will say, We do not hate you. Dont you see at last? We were willing to fall, so that you, dear small ones, will never fall again."
Taken from "Dancing the Dream" published in 1992

June 25, 2014

“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, 
and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”

Michael Jackson

In the 5 years since Michael's passing people (younger fans and people outside the fan base) have discovered or re-discovered his talent and the beauty in his work. His legacy as an amazing artist, musician, entertainer, humanitarian is less clouded by hate-noise.
A lot of tributes have poured in showing how much Michael influenced people from may fields not just musicians.
For me today, the most impressive (and my source of comfort)  is the amazing energy that comes from the MJ family - the core fan base - that is carrying on the legacy of love.
Munich, Germany
Denkmal fuer Michael Jackson
Best, Netherland
Michael Jackson Memorial Place
Mistelbach, Austria
Denkmal 4 Michael Jackson

This places speak about the bond between the fans.
The love we share is so valuable.

This blog too is an expression of our group's connection and the love we share.
And this is a blessing.

I love you.

"Love is important, to love each other. We're all one. That's the message."
Michael Jackson

... "Through my joy and my sorrow,
In the promise of another tomorrow,
I'll never let you part -
For You're Always In My Heart."

June 21, 2014

June 20 - World Refugee Day

For the first time since World War II, the number of forced displaced people as a result of conflicts and persecution has surpassed 50 million.
51.2 million refugees at the end of 2013, 6 million more than in the previous year.
The UNHCR report, presented yesterday in Geneva, underlines the human tragedy caused by war.
The data shows that for the past 20 years the number of people forcefully displaced has not dropped under 30+ million.

The Syrian war is the main factor of the 6 million increase in the number of refugees since 2012, showing the full extension of the tragedy caused by the violence.

During 2013, 32,200 people per day were forced to leave their homes and search for protection in other parts of their countries or abroad.

25,300 asylum applications were lodged in 2013 by unaccompanied or separated children in 77 countries. 

50% of the refugees in 2013 were children under the age of 18

You can find some refugees stories here:

May 25, 2014

May 25th, 2014 - International Missing Children's Day

Today is International Missing Children's Day - a day that tries to stir the talk and draw attention to all the missing children.
It's scary to think about how many children go missing everyday around the world. A lot of times is at the hands of family members, war/conflicts zones are adding to the tragedy along with enforced disappearances.
It is within our power to get informed and be aware. 
We need to show them they are not forgotten.

40 days ago 276 students when kidnapped in Nigeria - they are still missing. The Nigerian government has been slow to react and the international community got active after an internet campaign under the "bring back our girls" slogan that backed the protests of the Nigerian parents.