Why we have hope on earth

 

This is a story about why we have hope on earth.

 


 

title page - faint outline of hope on background of earth

 

'Why we have hope on earth' is a Zapatista story that I have adapted slightly to make relevant for the today's readers. I was told this story by Jorge during my second Witness for Peace Chiapas delegation in August 2000.

 


 

 

stars of all colours ine up across sky

 

Once upon a time a few days ago, way up high in the sky, high above the heaven of darkness and light of the universe the stars were hanging around, as stars tend to do. Basking in all their glory of colour, diversity, wisdom, love, energy, cooperation and starry-ness.

 


 

star bars at work and play

 

They jumped, skipped and played as stars do. They worked hard too. Shining bright. Sharing all their glory of colour, diversity, wisdom, love, energy, cooperation and starry-ness with the heaven of darkness, light of the universe, and the earth of wonder below.

 


 

orange star and star guide, speech bubbles

 

One day, the stars got together and went to see the Star Guide and they said: 'Hello Star Guide, we're going to go down to earth and check out what's going on down there. It's a bit boring always hanging around shining our glory of light all day and night. It's time for a change of scene.'

 

'All right, see you later then. Enjoy the journey and let me know when you're back' replied the Star Guide.

 

 


 

 

pinkie with road signs

 

 

So the stars hit the road. Some taking the low road, others the high road. Some turning left and others right, coming from above and below. Dancing and shining their glory they arrived on earth.

 

 


 

big eye blinks and we all come home

 

With the speed of what seemed like the blink of an eye the stars were back. Home. High in the sky, above the heaven of darkness and light of the universe.

 

Puzzled the Star Guide asked, 'Hey what's up? I thought you were going to earth. For a change of scene. It's a bit boring around here and all that.'

 

 


 

journey to earth for all and return for some

 

 

'We've gone and come back already. It was terrible down there.'

 

 


 

 

three figures trying to rolling a stone onto the other(s) or the 1% and the 99%

 

 

'Those humans are a mess. They are scared, greedy, petty, controlling, violent, self-centred, small-minded. It's heart-breaking to watch their interactions. They misunderstand and hurt each other a lot. Ooohhh nnnooo, no, no. We didn't like it. At all. So we came home'.

 

 


 

 

star gazing into diversity wisdon and ...

 

I see' said the Star Guide, gazing upon the stars. Enjoying the glory of their colour, diversity, and … wait, stop! The little green star was missing, 'Where's the green star?'

'Oh she decided to stay on earth, and nothing we said could convince her otherwise' reported the other stars.

 

 

 


 

meeting at the red door on earth

 

So the Star Guide took to the road, journeying to earth to check in with the green star. Finding her the Guide asked 'What are you doing? All your mates have come home, why haven't you?'

 

'Oh Star Guide! These humans are a mess! They are scared, greedy, petty, controlling, violent, self-centred, small-minded. It's heart-breaking to watch their interactions.'

 


 

 

shadows hold light hands are hope hope is in our hands

 

'Ooohhh nnnooo, no, no. I just can't leave them, they need help! So I think I'll stay and lend them a hand.'

 

'I see' sighed the Star Guide. 'Well, if anyone can help them, accompanying their journey to becoming better people and building a better world, and give them hope, I reckon it's you, Esperanza.' (*)

(*) Esperanza means 'hope' in Spanish, as well as also being a female name.

 


 

 

green person full of hope in the darkness

 

And so the little green star, called Esperanza, stayed with us humans here, and that's why today we have hope on earth.

 

And what about you? What gives you hope? What do you do to give hope to others?