The Lighting of a Fire
Being a "Watcher of the Sky" does not mean you have instantly solved a problem. It does not mean that you had a simple moment of great insight for which you will receive praise for the rest of your life. Being a "Watcher of the Sky" takes work. It takes dedication, perseverance and an understanding that much, if not all of your work will go unrewarded. It is not a glory position. If you want attention for something that you have done, it is best to look elsewhere because there is nothing for you here. You have to spend your time, behind the scenes, putting in hours of work so that you get closer and closer to reaching a conclusion or an answer.
It is an investment in the future and helping out those who are to come after you. As a people we may not achieve world peace, we may not strike down hate, racism and evil in this lifetime but our hope lies in the future, in those who will come after us.
But how do we start? What must be done? Who will be our leader? These are questions that are difficult to answer. We have a monumental problem in front of us that has plagued humankind since the dawn of time and will continue to haunt future generations until it is confronted and defeated.
We must begin now, as a group, to educate others about the past. Only by informing people of past atrocities can we prevent future catastrophes. No single effort will do. Those who understand the gravity of this situation must band together and not let any cry of injustice go unheard. We must raise an awareness of the very real issues of racism and intolerance. We must force others that we come in contact with to remember the impact of historic events such as the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide where so many human lives were unnecessarily lost.
William Butler Yeats once said, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." If we are to educate those around us, we will be starting a fire that will be impossible to put out. It takes time and much effort to get a fire started, but once it is started it spreads. It cannot be contained. Likewise if we focus our passion on preventing future acts of extreme racism and prejudice, down the road this fiery passion will strike down all those who harbor bitterness and evil.
This is where the idea of being a "Watcher of the Sky" comes in. The sky is a metaphor for our future and what is to come. We must keep our eyes focused upwards on the skies, so we can prevent injustices that are just beyond the horizon. It is necessary to recruit others to join us in our sky-watching efforts. If we, as the human race, band together as one cohesive unit, no one can fathom our ability to strike down evil and the peace that will be created.