Last week one of the songs i sing on The No Sh!t Shirleys recently released CD Nutrify was featured on a play list of songs for peace in a small radio station in Netivot, just 20 miles from the Gaza border! A note from one of the DJs (below) gave me an unexpected peek into the world of radio DJs and, more specifically, what that job entails in times of war. I hadn’t given DJs much thought prior to that, except of course in relation to my own listening pleasure or lack thereof.
As a gesture of solidarity with the people down south who are suffering terror, death and destruction from rockets, mortars and bombs, our radio station journeyed down south for a day, on Sunday of this week. We arrived after a four hour bus ride , in the beleaguered township of Netivot.
There had been two rocket attacks in the morning just before we arrived. The all clear had sounded and life appeared to be pretty normal, with folks going about their business, tensly alert for the "Colour Red" alarm which sends everyone running to the nearest shelter or protected space. Netivot is 20km from the Gaze border, so they have 15 seconds to find shelter. Not a lot. We were some 12 broadcasters and DJs who took a load off the local guys (three only) who had been broadcasting round the clock for two weeks….
This experience also resonated with me because of how beautifully it illustrates the relationship between cause and effect, or what i like to call the YOU JUST NEVER KNOW factor (YJNK). We frequently assume that cause and effect are related closely in time and space. But that just isn’t the case. I had no matter of insight or foresight regarding my voice finding an ear on the other side of the world in a land devistated by war. We sail through our lives imagining that our sphere of influence is no bigger than the distance between ourselves and those who register on the radar of our primary concern. A vastly bigger and bolder perception of cause and effect, is likely to cause a whole new manner of conduct and concern in our social, environmental and economic systems. On all levels we are starting to see this more clearly. Global warming links back to decisions that were made a 100 years ago. Looking back upon the intricate interdependencies that have brought us all thus far is surely as vast and staggering as to look long into a starry sky.