From my diary...
[Apropos robbery and violence:] It is a very scary aspect of being here. The inequalities are terrible. It is almost as though they will continue getting worse and worse - around the globe and in the first world too - as people close a blind eye toward them. By closing a blind eye we are not doing the right thing. The right thing is to look the problem square in the eyes, to open ones eyes and to do something about it. Spreading knowledge and understanding is one way, and it is the only way. Spreading hate, fear and armaments is not the way.
For only through self-understanding will we be able to deal with our archaic biological instincts in a modern world. Archaic biological instincts armed to the teeth with modern weapons are not a pretty perspective.
Two anecdotes concerning the growing gap in income from the developed world:
- In Berlin one is very conscious of the growing gap between rich and poor. The poor protest and let you know about it.
- South African friends of ours are leaving London, it is becoming just too violent because of the growing gap between rich and poor.
Are we getting poorer? Or is this just our perception, because we are programmed to pay more attention to bad than to good news? (Another example of biology dictating terms to us.)
November 12th 2007 09:17