I love everything about USA. It is a country that is a wonderful place for a holiday, such a huge land mass that bounteous mother nature has endowed with amazing riches. The people are friendly and kind. The only thing that really irks me is the public ownership of guns and the havoc it wreaks on its people. Worse still that some people still hide behind the Second Amendment ‘to bear arms’ as though it is sacred and cannot be changed. It is an amendment, for God’s sake! I wonder how many of the people in NRA, the celebrities and the politicians who support this crazy gun ownership status have lost their loved ones in such tragic circumstances like the Charleston Massacre or Sandy Hook, Columbine or the other innumerable gun tragedies that are reported in the papers everyday. There are many, many countries in the world that get by and protect their families and loved ones without the gun! Get real, move into the civilised 21 st Century, get rid of all guns in private hands, not just the assault rifles, all of them! The Charleston massacre was with a hand gun!
Let the law enforcement people deal with serious threats to people and property. Have an immediate amnesty and get the guns away from every one who owns one. It is time for action and not just words and prayers. Like flowers left at every such tragedy, the words are said and no action is taken and the will to resolve fades away like those bright blooms that were laid on the graves of innocent lives. The lesson that one learned from the tragedy was also the dignity and forbearance shown by the families who lost their loved ones. Their resounding message was one of forgiveness.
Words flowed out of my heart and I wrote a poem on this. You can access it on Pat’s West End Diary, a wonderful website that opens our eyes to all that is happening in the West End of Glasgow and has a great showcase of local writer’s work, music and art.
Here is the poem’s link: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/the-american-dream-poem-by-leela-soma/
On a happier note, 21 st June is International Yoga Day. 200 million people all over the world will participate in ancient India’s gift to the modern world. I will certainly strike a few Yoga poses and do a few surya namskras or sun salutations. It is good for the body and soul. My birth country has never invaded another country, Hinduism has never forcibly converted any one and I am proud that its ancient wisdom and philosophy is getting recognition again in the West and all over the world.