How big is your community?

by Martin Kerrison | 1 April 2014

The truth is that the world’s problems are our problems and we can’t hide from them and prosper.

There’s a chance that ISTA will, in the not too distant future, theme an event to draw attention to, and increase knowledge of, the extent of torture and brutality around the globe. In the piece below Julia’s father writes of the synergy between ISTA and another charity he supports.

Down in the west of Cornwall, not too far from the ISTA office, are two Cornish communities about a quarter of a mile apart. One, down in the cove, has always been a fishing community, the other up the hill, has always farmed. During the First World War the men who volunteered or were drafted from each community refused to serve alongside one another because they were so different and ‘had never got on.’ Well, I guess that’s one approach to community.

“We passionately value diversity and collaboration, celebration and play, friendship and collegiality.” You will know these words because they are part of ISTA’s mission statement and encapsulate another approach to community.

I think I would rather be a citizen of the world and recognise our interdependence than a ‘Little Englander’. The truth is that the world’s problems are our problems and we can’t hide from them and prosper. That’s why ISTA, a charity I hadn’t heard of a few months ago, is beginning to be very important to me – that and the fact that my daughter, Julia, has joined the ISTA team. It’s also why I support Freedom from Torture, a UK national charity which helps and supports victims of brutal and inhuman treatment whoever they are and wherever they come from.

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