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There was time when this song kept circling in a loop with its tune ringing in my head. The phrase “we are all lost stars” keep tugging on the sleeves of my soul. There’s something here that just speaks to me. The desire to shine in the dark. The desire for life to add some meaning to life. The longing to know that some how in this vast universe, the finiteness of my being has brighten some corner, generated some positive current, created a ripple of sort. And at the very same time feeling lost. Not quite know which direction to go, which path to take, which switch to turn. The longing and its paralysis. And perhaps it is this very junction that cries out “Please see me reaching out for someone I can not see.” I guess what makes this feeling lost bearable is having someone walking along side. Perhaps as lost may be but yet sharing that longing. Lost and yet unable to shake off the desire to shine. So it is now reaching out saying “Take my hand, let’s see where we wake up tomorrow…because best laid plans sometimes are just a one night stand.” It is about plunging into the mystery with the longing heart perhaps even blindly but not without the soul. And I wonder if the soul knows through times that come with weariness, that age comes with wisdom. The journey just can’t be a boy caught in dreams and fantasies. May be the weary soul finally knows that each star can only shine so much. May be the weary soul understands that without the shadow of that darkness, light makes no difference; that strength emerges from vulnerability, courage from weakness, humanity from the world of cruelty, that in the end there’s no hero but every people discovering that however little light we have, we keep it shining. Perhaps what matter is just another walking along…and just a little light.

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This topic gets me very frustrated. Things that are done in the name of human rights are sometime filled with hidden agenda it seems. People who really take the time to learn about what is being done in Thailand regarding human trafficking will soon realize how much has been done to address this issue. Of course nothing is perfect and so is the way this issue has been addressed around the world. It is also interesting how Malaysia, which has not done as much to improve its situation, is not Tier 2. Is it coincidental that the push by the US for TPP (Transpacific Partnership) for trade agreement includes Malaysia as well? There are just too many issues about how this ranking is done. First why is it that the US has the right to define how this issue is to be done around the world. What gives the US the right to dictate for everyone else and be the standard that defines human rights or determine slavery? This runs against the very core of the current move toward diversity. For the place claiming diversity and then keep defining rights for everyone else, it seems very incongruent. When was the last time attempt was made to find out how others really approach the idea of diversity and equality? It seems random judgement being made without careful analysis and self-reflection assuming that Western ideology is superior in every dimension. Then there is the question of methodology being used to rank every country. There seems to be no clear criteria for judging the level of acceptability specifically. It seems random. Further, what resources are being used to determine the level of trafficking. Are these resources reliable? Can there be disclosure of these resources? Then there is the question of methodology. What methodology is being used? How is the data being collected? What is the scope? What’s the limitation? How does one determine reliability of one’s approach? There is also the assumption that prosecution is the best way to deal with the issue of human trafficking. The more the prosecution, the better the country is performing. What research has been done to show that prosecution is the best way of dealing with human trafficking? These are some of the issues that require clear answers for ways in which ranking is done. But we are just scratching the surface here. There’s much more to be said about a deeper global perspective.

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Hmmmm…..A thought came to mind as I ponder life. It was about Noah and all the animals coming in pairs. No pair, no entry. Washed in the rising waves. What might possibly the best course to take since the end is inevitable. And Noah had clear instruction. I’m thinking of wordings from a song….all by myself don’t wanna be. What if it is inevitable? It is not too bad isn’t it. It can’t be that bad. Life is not judged by the length of time any way or the possibility of pairing. In life there are things we cannot have. Perhaps many. Meaning does not come from having any way. Meaning is a choice we make. Love can only be learned and not taught. Love is not something you can strive to obtain. Love comes and goes of its own course. Non ever possess love. The only love that remains constant is the choice we make and the act we participate in. And that’s about all that’s in our control. And we do not all do too well at that either. In our human frailty and limitation. All we can is to just strive and be intentional in the choice we make and the things we do. And when God is kind…we may get a glimpse of love that crosses our path with a smile on our face. 🙂

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