Last night I saw coverage of pictures that won the World Press Photo Award 2004 on the television and just looked them up again on the BBC web site.
The pictures chosen are usually snapshots that freeze an important moment in human history and records it for posterity. The entries cover some of the dramatic occurrences that we all witnessed and lived through in 2004.
The photographs are a clarion call for the work still left to be done so that each and every human being actually experiences the rights guaranteed by our United Nations charter.
Let us look at them and re-commit ourselves to BEING love, wisdom and peace as our daily lives unfold. Let us in our own small ways help those with whom we interact daily understand that freedom, adequate food, clothing, shelter, health care, education and abundance are rights of every human being.
The pictures invite us to take on the personal responsibility to be a cause for the transformation of consciousness in our individual spheres, we cause ripple-effect transformation on our entire planet.
Self help for self only, without a vision of a world that works for all, is personal achievement in a vacuum, built on sand and lacking long term security.