FLIP SIMMONS: May 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Starlight Day


Today is Starlight Daythe national fundraising day for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The Starlight Children's foundation provides opportunities for seriously ill and hospitalised children to be distracted from the pain and stress of their treatments and to simply be a child again.


I am so proud of many of my friends, who do work for Starlight. I am particularly proud of my dear friend Fiona Sullivan who, on a daily basis, does the most amazing & inspiring work with the foundation & the kids, through an amazing project called Livewire. 


“Make a difference in the life of a seriously ill child this Starlight Day.
Visit starlight.org.au today.Together we can brighten their lives.”

Monday, May 02, 2011

Devoid of stars...

Fake or not? Addressing the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

The consequences of current world events scare me. At times like these, one can only hope that we look to, and act on words of wisdom from those past.
  

‎"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. 
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. 
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


SEE BELOW
UPDATED: 3 May 2011

Regardless, as to whether it is a fake or not, I agree wholeheartedly with what my friend Liana has written in her note, in reference to the quote:


"... turns out the quote I posted has got a lot of media attention after an online article claimed it a fake. All I can say is whether it be a direct quote or not,  what moved me was the notion that reverence and love that can be shown in the event of any man's death. It's not the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, but rather the jubilant and haughty celebration of it that people are feeling distressed about. It seems we are missing the point as we claim America the victor of evil or the country with God on its side. Just when I was getting swept up and angered by the media hype, this quote brought me back to my heart." 
- Liana Jessop 

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