Friday, September 14, 2001
THE NEED FOR ATTENTION is stronger with humans than one may think - leave me alone is a phrase that is rarely to be taken literally. When you realyy leave someone alone, you cause that person uncalculable suffering, People need attention, they want to shre some importance of whatever kind. And some become very violent to get that attention. They can destroy, kill and even, the last days have shown so, commit mass murder on an unprecedented scale, just to make their point. And at the heart of their point, there's the need for attention. I wonder what the future of terrorism were, had the media taken some time in the past the decision not to cover any story related to terrorism? Media attention is the first and often only gratification a terrorist gets. Not even nototrious characters of whatever revolution on earth would exist in the consciousness of people without the decisive contribution of the media. On the other hand, these are the stoires that sell best, and the media people have to pay their rent, too. I think this is a paradox. Lavatory attendants are more useful to the human race than terrorists. But they never get our attention. There are millions of people doing fine jobs no one wants to know about. We are used to realise there's a cook in the restaurant where we have lunch only when he burns our meal. And then all he gets is a complaint. While whatever lunatic that comits any form of exotic act that costs human lives, the recent tragedies included, gets the attention of a hero, although no one calls him a hero. How many people know what everyday life in Afghanistan looks like? But billions know now that this ocuntry has given asylum to one named Osama Bin Laden. I think this is one good example of a very twisted public logic. And I'm afraid, it's not the only one
Thursday, September 13, 2001
LIFE IS OFTEN IRONICALWe live in an age of unprecedented development in communications and still we witness tragedies that are partly due to lack of communication. There is not a case of lack in passibility to communicate, but there is an obvious will not to communicate. Philosophers used to say that the sleep of reason bears monsters. The lack of proper communication does the same.
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Time and again one is reminded not to take life for granted; there are moments when out of the blue our entire civilization is under threat. God bless America!