The Vision that Inspired the WalkAboutLove:
“My life changed in a single moment of vision” (Rea Pasternak – WalkAboutLove founder – Sydney Australia, Summer 2006).
I’m sitting in my aunt’s living room planning my next few days in Australia while hearing the news broadcast in the background on TV. I see the images from the corner of my eye: Israeli soldiers are once again engaged in battle in the 2nd Lebanon war. The scenes are frightening and shocking. In phone conversations with my family in Israel thousands of kilometers away I discover that I have been summoned for army duty, and even worse, that a friend from my village back in Israel (who I just met in Goa on new year’s eve a few months ago), is badly wounded. . .
Thoughts start racing through my mind – not again! Yet another war? Will this ever end? What can I do to change the situation – how do you convert hate into love? I began to envision in place of soldiers – backpackers, instead of weapons of war – musical instruments, and rather than hate and destruction – an abundance of brotherhood and love, displacing the depths of grief and despair with joy and hope… And so an idea was born out of a vision – to bring people together from all over the world to experience a journey of togetherness, love and tolerance in the land of endless conflicts… This is my personal contribution towards peace on earth.