Published By Blue On Tue, January 01, 2013 - 9:21
An open letter to Russian’s President Vladimir Putin responding to his decision sighed in to law to ban adoption of Russian children by U.S. families effective January 1, 2013.
Every child at about the age of seven or eight learns to his or her dismay, that when viewed from an airplane or space, there are no boarders between cities, states, provinces, territories,oblasts, republics, okrugs, krais, or countries. Adults rarely think about this – with some exceptions. If you’ve ever spoken to a cosmonaut or astronaut – they think about it a lot. More than thinking, they feel it - viscerally. Everyone who returns from spaceflight goes through a powerful transformation. For some it can be spiritual and others religious. Some have difficulty labeling it.
If you had asked Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space. He saw no borders separating the Soviet Union from China. Or Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman in space. She saw no borders between the Soviet Union and Finland. Ask Sergi Krikalev – the man who has spent more time in space than any other human being. He saw no boarders between Russia and Kazakhstan. Ask Alexey Leonov – the first human to “walk” in space. He could see no lines on the earth separating Poland and the Soviet Union. You need to remember your great explorers Mr. Putin. You need to travel a few days in their space suits. If you would, you would perhaps have a transformational experience too. You need to Mr. Putin. For when you look down at “Mother Earth” you will have difficulty distinguishing between “Mother Russia” and your 192 neighbors.
We are all neighbors Mr. Putin. We all share one earth. And in the end we all want the same things: to love and to be loved, a better future for our children, food, shelter, a good career, a good home, a loving and supportive family, respect, security and to contribute. We all want to make the world a bit better because we are here. You have the ability to make a big difference here Mr. Putin. Do not prevent orphaned children from being adopted into loving families because of political motives. This is wrong Mr. Putin. It is wrong for Russia. The United States is not a perfect country. But neither is Russia. But this is not political issue Mr. Putin.It is about children, and their future. It’s about children not being loved – where with the turn of your wrist and a signature - you can rescind your recent law Mr. Putin. Children who are not loved when they could be are some of the greatest tragedies imaginable. You have the power to stop at least some of this Mr. Putin.
Tchaikovsky’s beautiful symphonies do not stop at your borders Mr. Putin. They keep flowing. They keep giving. His music exports beauty to the World and makes Russia even greater because of it.
Please Mr. Putin - open your heart. You cannot shrink your way to greatness. You cannot hold back love from children when there are those who will give it.