Vienna has two newspapers that are distributed at underground stations for free. They are also the worst kind of newspapers imaginable. Still, people read them and they even have political influence. It’s hard to understand, but it’s harder to argue with facts. Although, the whole concept of facts seems to be of diminishing importance today 🙂
Here’s some morning light in Vienna. I love the colors, but …
… it turns out it also works pretty well in dramatic B&W. What do you prefer?
Actually this is one of the benefits of not blogging images the day they were taken or at least processed. I’ve created the B&W version just a few minute ago, half a year after the original. It was a sudden idea and I really like the result. Had I blogged it in November, I most likely would never have returned to that particular image.
Imagine for a moment living a normal life in some medium-sized country. You are not rich, certainly not by first world standards, but you get along. Your dictator does not bother you, your kids go to school, your mother gets her insulin, war has been over for ten years, things seem to get better or at least not worse. It’s the only life you have and you have decided it’s good.
Then something strange happens. Some idiots fly planes into skyscrapers, somewhere in a city that you only know from TV. It has no connection to you or to anybody you know, even your dictator did not do it or support it, but for some insane reasons you get punished for it. Your country gets bombed, your dictator killed (good riddance at least), your country gets occupied, insulin (just like other medication) gets incredibly expensive. Your mother dies, your two surviving kids have no school any more and you hunger.
Would you feel justly treated? Or would you probably applaud an uprising, led by people from your own culture and religion, people who promise to throw out the occupants and their puppet regime?
Or, say you live in a country that for some years has experienced the worst drought in recorded history. For the last 42 years your country has been formally at war with a neighboring country, but at your age of 35 years you can’t remember anything but peace. Your dictator does not bother you, and although you are not rich, your country’s economy is rising.
Then one big super-power, a long-standing ally of that neighboring country, decides to bully every other country on this planet into grave economic sanctions against you. Additionally they support rebels against your government, incite a war in your country, all with the aim of forcing you to overthrow your own government.
Due to the sanctions your economy breaks down, your factories have to close because of a lack of raw materials and spare parts. The health system goes down the drain, hunger and poverty plague millions of internal refugees.
Who would you think is right? The super-power with its politics that you don’t understand, acting like an alien god without mercy? Your own government, increasingly brutal and desperate, trying to stay in power? Or maybe a new “State” that arises from the turmoil and seems to be surprisingly successful?
You can call this post “Support of a terrorist organization”, but it is not. It’s a challenge to think outside of your convenient place in a safe country and show a little empathy. How does it feel?
I’ve been on vacation and I have used the time to read books. So far this year I’ve read 22 books, thus a total of 30 this year is not unlikely. Wow!
On the other hand, if I keep reading at this speed, I may read another 1000 books in my lifetime. Could be a few more, but the magnitude is correct and that’s a frustratingly small number. I may even have more books already bought than I ever could read 😀
I love playgrounds on sunny mornings, but then, I love everything on sunny mornings 🙂
The Song of the Day is again “Playground Love” by Air. Hear it on YouTube.
It was morning and there was low fog coming up from the river. Above there was the plume of smoke from the municipal waste incinerating plant. Looked kinda surreal to me 🙂
The Song of the Day is “Mirage” by Jean-Luc Ponty. Hear it on YouTube.
OK, I’ve got to wring out one more image of that last walk to work before I went down with the flu. I had thought of this image as a secure bank, but it only began to work when I turned it into B&W.
The Song of the Day is “Shadows On The Street” by Traverdan. Hear it on YouTube.