Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"One World - One Dream"

But what about Truth and Freedom?

This is the title of the most recent article posted at Berit Kjos's http://www.crossroad.to website today. This courageous article has explicit references to stories behind the gilded Olympics. Be sure to read this article in its entirety HERE.

Note the opening quotation in her article:

"'One World One Dream' fully reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit -- Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream.... It highlights the theme of 'the whole Mankind lives in the same world and seeks for the same dream and ideal.'" Beijing 2008

Follow the link from the quotation above to the "One World One Dream" webpage. The contents of this page are astonishingly similar to the post we put up August 4 about "God's Dream = PEACE."

For instance, the next sentence in this paragraph above links the idea of "dream" to global "peace":

In spite of the differences in colors, languages and races, we share the charm and joy of the Olympic Games, and together we seek for the ideal of Mankind for peace. We belong to the same world and we share the same aspirations and dreams. [emphasis added]

And the next paragraph continues with the theme of global harmony, peace and dream:

"One World One Dream" is a profound manifestation of the core concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games. It reflects the values of harmony connoted in the concept of "People's Olympics", the core and soul of the three concepts -- "Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and People's Olympics". While "Harmony of Man with Nature" and "Peace Enjoys Priority" are the philosophies and ideals of the Chinese people since ancient times in their pursuit of the harmony between Man and Nature and the harmony among people, building up a harmonious society and achieving harmonious development are the dream and aspirations of ours. It is our belief that peace and progress, harmonious development, living in amity, cooperation and mutual benefit, and enjoying a happy life are the common ideals of the people throughout the world.[emphasis added]

This Beijing 2008 webpage explains that the "words 'World' and 'Dream" are a good match" and that the word "One" is significant because it "highlights the theme of 'the whole Mankind lives in the same world and seeks for the same dream and ideal'."

It is all very mushy and feel-good. But Berit Kjos's article raises serious issues that shatter the image of a peaceful global harmonic dream. At what cost to human liberty will this global dream for PEACE be achieved?

The Truth:

"Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." (Jams 5:8)