Saturday, June 6, 2009
"Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Gone to young maids, everyone . . .
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?
Many times over the course of the past several decades, the words of this song that I first heard as a child in the 60's have come back to me. The question is still as urgent and poignant today as it was then. Sadly, it is also as easily dismissed. The question of course, however it might be expressed in words, is much older, with roots reaching back at least as far as to the first century and the hillsides of Galilee and Judea.
This last week provided an occasion for raising it once again, reflecting on our history, our hearts, and perhaps remembering once again what it is that we are called towards, and away from. In the words of Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the holocaust, at the conclusion of his tour of the concentration camp where he was once held prisoner, there is much to listen carefully to and to consider.
Click Here to see a transcript of Elie Wiesel's remarks.