As the world turns, pain and suffering is evident daily. In honor of World AIDS Day and the noble and achievable goal of eliminating AIDS within this generation, Showtime premiered “Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys”. It is a heart wrenching documentary providing a closeup view of how people are surviving through this pandemic. Alicia Keys, a grammy award winning music superstar and AIDS activist guides us through some of her ground level support activities in South Africa with her organization, Keep A Child Alive. I was honored to be invited to a special movie premiere of this riveting documentary at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on November 29. This event was reviewed in the news the following day. Bono also appeared that evening in support of Alicia Keys.
I was so touched by the courage of so many in the film. After watching the movie, I had the opportunity to briefly share my thoughts and ideas about the possibility of integrating the health benefits of the human animal bond into some of her projects. I felt that amidst all the pain and sorrow, perhaps sharing their lives with animal companionship could provide some healing from the emotional pain in the hearts of so many orphans from this pandemic. It might provide them with the unconditional love that our kindred spirits can provide. It might also offer them loving companionship and supportive hugs that they might not receive otherwise.
In keeping with the theme of the kindred spirits project goal of creating a more compassionate world, Alicia Keys and Bono are surely doing far more than their share of compassionate care for so many in Africa and India. I believe that as more orphanages, humane shelters and refuges for all beings integrate the health benefits of the human animal bond, there is the opportunity for even deeper healing of the emotional and psychological wounds that so many suffer from. As the cycle of giving and receiving with our animal companions heals so many wounds, it also increases the awareness of compassion for all beings and how that can make this world a bit brighter, happier and healthier, being by being. Kudos to Alicia Keys and Bono!