Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There is no them, only us

Baan Sabaay final version 2 from Brett Faucett on Vimeo.

I just recently finished facilitating a "Channels of Hope" HIV/AIDS 2 day workshop and I am always amazed at the transformation of the participants and of myself during these workshops.  We really delve into the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS and we challenge people with activities to think outside of themselves.  Our biggest challenge is moving away from an attitude of "us and them"  and realizing it is about "us."

I put together a video of a group from New Zealand that came to Baan Sabaay to help renovate the garden and to plant trees of hope, love and faith.  Baan Sabaay is an emergency respite center for people living with HIV who are in a time of crisis.  I put the lyrics of the U2 song invisible below because it really gets to the point.  There is no them, it's only us!

It’s like the room just cleared of smoke
I didn’t even want the heart you broke
It’s yours to keep
You just might need one

I finally found my real name
I won’t be me when you see me again
No, I won’t be my father’s son

I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
More than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible

That's right
I'm leaving the invisible world

I don’t dream, not as such
I don’t even think about you that much
Unless I start to think at all

All those frozen days
And your frozen ways
They melt away your face like snow

I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
I’m more than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible
I am here

There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only you
And there’s only me
There is no them

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