The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the United Nations, 15.12.2008

The sovereign independent republic of the best prices on generic levitra best prices on generic levitra West-Eastern Divan, as I like to call it, began as an unpredictable experiment in 1999. Over the years, it has grown into an example of how Middle Eastern society could function under the best of circumstances. Our musicians have gone through the painful process of www.beracom.de learning to express themselves while simultaneously listening to www.dsnatahu.cz the narrative of www.beracom.de their counterparts. I cannot imagine a better way of implementing the first and cialis 30 mg viagra in usa cialis 30 mg most fundamental article of the United Nations’ declaration of human rights: that all human beings are born free and cialis canadian cost equal in dignity and canadian healthcare viagra sales rights, that they are endowed with reason and viagra free samples conscience and viagra doses should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

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Music, unlike any other art or discipline, requires the ability to express oneself with absolute commitment and cialis cheap price passion while listening carefully and overnight delivery cialis sensitively to another voice which may even contradict one’s own statement. This is the essence of musical counterpoint and viagra tablet a limitless source of inspiration to us in our extramusical dialogues. Without the music, our conversations could not possibly be as productive and pfizer soft viagra enriching as they are; the circumstances on the ground in the Middle East create too much inequality, and the genuine cialis tadalafil genuine cialis tadalafil prerequisite for any dialogue is equality. Without equality one cannot speak of dialogue but only of soliloquy, which produces an excellent dramatic effect in the theater but causes irreparable damage in daily life.

Before a Beethoven Symphony we are all equal. Whether we come from Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Turkey, or Syria, we must approach the music with the same humility, curiosity, knowledge, and passion. The attitude we must have towards the music forces us to develop the reason and conscience correctly presumed by the first article of the United Nations’ declaration to generic levitra overnight be inherent in human nature. Music makes it possible for all the Israeli members of click here the orchestra to generic levitra overnight support an Egyptian oboist during an oboe solo, and for all the Arab members of the orchestra to support an Israeli flutist during a flute solo because music engenders a true and viagra now effortless spirit of creativity and viagra price brotherhood.

This year I carry the http://www.freie-gesundheitsberufe.de/cialis-philippines http://www.freie-gesundheitsberufe.de/cialis-philippines title of click here United Nations messenger of peace, which I believe gives me both the right and generic propecia fda approved generic propecia fda approved the responsibility to work towards abolishing ignorance, and to contribute in whatever modest way I can towards real equality. Without equality there can be no justice, and without justice there will be no peace.

The human being does not want to be dependent, but he knows that complete independence is unattainable; therefore the only constructive way of life is one of interdependence. This is perfectly logical in the world of music but sadly very far from what takes place so thoughtlessly in the Middle East every day.

This article first appeared in a shortened version in the International Herald Tribune, 10.12.08

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