Aug 8, 2008

It's Olympic Friday, See How the World Comes Together

Today a big part of the world will be focusing in the Olympic Games, that were originally conceived as a way to bring nations closer and to have the youth of the world compete in sports, rather than fight in war. Sadly, so far it doesn't seem like those goals were ever achieved.

But just the fact that there was an intention to bring nations together, remind me of a much modern event (that in fact took place for the first time this year) and that is also trying to get the world united: I am talking about Pangea Day.

So, to celebrate those good intentions, I want to share with you some videos made for this event, that are not really "new" but that haven't circulated as much as they should. How many times have you seen French people singing the American anthem with passion or Americans singing the Mexican? Or a British choir defying the weather to sing the Argentinian anthem?

France sings USA

There is something very moving and special about these videos. I am not sure if it is just the fact that are mixing countries that without being enemies have a history of friction among them or if it is that you can feel that they are singing with respect and passion even if it is not their anthem nor their language...

UK sings Argentina

Usa sings Mexico

Pangea (the name comes of course from the supercontinent that once we were) can become the Olympics of the future, considering its mission: "In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it's easy to lose sight of what we all have in common."

What makes it more interesting is the fact that we can all participate. There will be more Pangea Days in the future and you don't need to be the best at what you do to be part of it. You only need to share the vision or be open enough to want to learn and know about other cultures. At the end of the day, as one of their spokepersons said, it is not that the films can change the world "...but the people who watch them can. By changing minds, we change the world."

If you want to learn more about upcoming Pangea events, sign up for their mailing list. And if you feel moved by any of these anthems, make sure you pass them along.

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