I don’t usually reference world events in my news section but I’ll make an exception today. Last wednesday was a good day. I’d made it to 30, outliving some of my favorite musicians (Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and jim Morrison) by 3 years. Despite feeling that I should have achieved more (something, anything) with my life, you could say that I was feeling reasonably content with my lot.
I supped a well deserved beer at lunch time as the news broke that London had won it’s bid to host the Olympics in 2012, beating our arch rivals the French (It may interest you to know that 2012 A.D, is the year that the Mayans chose to end their Long Count calendar, then again it may not). The G8 summit had begun and there was genuine hope that the issues of poverty in Africa and global warming were going to be addressed. I do not really believe that either can be stopped whilst we still have corruption endemic in all the higher echelons of power. But at least Britain could lead the initiative in an attempt to create a better future, our ’special’ relationship with America could reap some reward for those less fortunate and make the world a slightly better place. Lofty aspirations, perhaps, but not unattainable.
24 hours is a long time in politics, so the cliché goes. The terrorist attacks last Thursday pushed all thoughts of winning the Olympic bid and solving the worlds problems to one side. Whilst the attacks were not unexpected, they were deeply shocking and ultimately futile. A waste of human life and totally deplorable. They only served to strengthen the resolve to put an end to needless blood shed. London coped admirably with the aftermath of the attacks that indiscriminately took the lives of people from all cultures, creeds and walks of life. I sincerely hope that the attacks will not serve to further divide the many cultures and individuals that make up our nation. Perhaps we can rise above our differences and seek to find a better way that will not tolerate the shedding of innocent blood. Whether it is by terrorists, dictators or the leaders of the ‘free’ world.
Now is not the time for reprisals or recrimination, we should attempt to move forward. To move towards a better future. That is my hope however foolish it might sound.
‘He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.’