Dear God, I cannot love Thee the way I want to. You are the slim crescent of a moon that I see and my self is the earth’s shadow that keeps me from seeing all the moon. The crescent is very beautiful and perhaps that is all one like I am should or could see; but what I am afraid of, dear God, is that my self shadow will grow so large that it blocks the whole moon, and that I will judge myself by the shadow that is nothing…
- Flannery O’Connor, in her journal, 1946
(from the latest issue of The New Yorker)
About 550,000 Syrians are officially registered as refugees in Jordan, with about 130,000 congregating in the Zaatari camp, making it the fourth-largest city in Jordan.
Emphasis mine, but holy shit. Imagine if we were taking on refugees from a civil war in Mexico (huh.) and there was a refugee camp bigger than Houston and almost as big as Chicago.
Obviously the numbers are vastly different (by an order of magnitude), but daaaang that is bonkers.
"The principle of the Question Bridge Interactive project is simple: black men ask questions, other black men answer."
- from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23497132
"Question Bridge: Black Males is a project that critically explores challenging issues within the Black male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among black men across the geographic, economic, generational, educational and social strata of American society. Question Bridge provides a safe setting for necessary, honest expression and healing dialogue on themes that divide, unite and puzzle black males in the United States."
- from http://questionbridge.com/index.php/about
I feel like this is a fascinating and powerful project.
And I’m really surprised that the BBC News article is the first I’m hearing about it.