Wednesday, February 3, 2010


02.03.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

This piece of barbed wire was 'clipped' from the Berlin Wall in the mid-1960s when the wall was a physical, emotional and political barrier between communism and democracy - a time when traveling to West Berlin required passage through Checkpoint Charlie and when East Berliners ingenuously crafted (though not always successfully) ways to go under or over the wall in a desperate attempt for freedom, despite the risk of heavily armed guards.

This piece of old barbed wire is a constant reminder for me - one that exemplifies the importance of humanity, tolerance, and need for proactive action against unnecessary suffering. This photo shows the stark reality of the negative facets of our world, but the slice of sun also resembles that ray of hope that, together, we can change the world for the better. Let's not blow our chance! Naples, FL


  1. Just as we don't want a totalitarian state, we don't want to impose democracy. And even as we live in democratic countries, it is important to work for the good of all not just for those who already have what they need.

  2. wow. A powerful picture in so many ways. Thanks!