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The accidental diplomat.

24 Aug

I love this video.  I “have people” in Hawaii.  I have people in Baltimore.  I have people-by-marriage in Canada and the Philippines (the buses they are dancing on in this video in Quezon City are called jeepneys, by the way).  Etc.  We all “have people” somewhere.  We are all people from somewhere, living somewhere, or going to somewhere.  We are all just people.  We are being taught that we should be afraid of some of these other people.  The US wants to kill some of these people just because of where they live or who runs their government.  You can think deep and philosophical thoughts about the video or just enjoy the music.  Whatever you want.

From Matt’s “About” section:

Matt thinks travel is important. It helps us learn what we’re capable of, that the path laid in front of us isn’t the only one we can choose, and that we don’t need to be so afraid of each other all the time.

Matt would like to see the Transportation Security Administration disbanded and replaced with a new system that doesn’t train people to mindlessly obey pointless rules. He believes brief conversations with well-trained humans who make direct eye contact would be a better way to keep people safe without sacrificing their dignity and liberty.

From Matt’s FAQ section:

Why is the world so screwed up?
Men.
How do we fix it?
Women.

How did you get those kids in Rwanda to dance with you?
I just started dancing. There was no prior discussion or explanation. They thought it looked like a fun thing to be doing and joined in. They also really dug seeing themselves on the camera’s playback screen.

Words to the song, “Trip the Light”, composed by Garry Schyman and sung by Alicia Lemke:

If all the days that come to pass
Are behind these walls
I’ll be left at the end of things
In a world kept small

Travel far from what i know
I’ll be swept away
I need to know
I can be lost
 and not afraid

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

Remember we’re lost together
Remember we’re the same
We hold the burning rhythm in our hearts
We hold the flame

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light
(x2)

I’ll find my way home
On the Western wind
To a place that was once my world
Back from where I’ve been

And in the morning light
I’ll remember
As the sun will rise
We are all the glowing embers
Of a distant fire

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light
(x3)

This stuff belongs to Matt Harding.  http://www.wherethehellismatt.com/

The video:

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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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