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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

  Kite shot down over Ashdod

On July 25th, Hanan Cohen, of Israel, wrote me a beautiful letter, entitled "Why kites are better than helicopters". He quoted from Maxwell Eden:

On July 26th, Hanan went and flew a kite on the beach of Ashdod. On the kite he'd written "Death does not justify Death" in both Hebrew, and Arabic. I guess he had read Uncle Bill's Helicopter. I imagine he launched that kite with hope in his heart, and the same sense of elation he described to me the previous day.

What happened next? Two individuals took the kite down and destroyed it - and he was beaten up. Here's his story about the violence at the beach.

Ouch.

Dear Hanan: while kites and helicopters can crash, and you feel like hell about it, you still have to get up, and try again, no matter how hard it gets. It may take you a while to come back from this:



But: Pain shared is reduced, Joy shared is increased. The same day you wrote me, here on the other side of the world, connected by this amazing thing called the Internet - I parked at a beach near Santa Cruz, and watched the kite-sailers surfing the waves, and meditated on your first letter. Watching them, I felt the same simple joy and freedom you felt on the 25th. Daedalus and Icarus made a legendary flight, but Icarus flew too close to the sun and crashed.

You and I and Icarus have flown too close to the sun, but we still live, we still try. I'll fly a helicopter, thinking of you. Others will fly kites. Still others will come up with something else to do. More people have now seen your kite fly on the web than did at the beach. Your dreams will fly again. Rest up.

mike

 
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