Archive for December, 2011
New Year’s fireworks?
Not by far. It’s the launching of a missile.
Missiles have sophisticated guidance and control systems, that make them hit the target with 100% accuracy. Once the target is acquired by even more sophisticated equipment, the projectile is fired and led into a trajectory that has already been set. Then, the only thing between the launching base and the target, is the distance to be covered by the rocket.
In the middle of its flight, the missile does not receive almost any inputs from outside and slight corrections to the path are only introduced by the built-in tracking system itself. The amazing speed of its propulsion prevents the object to change direction.
All this foreword just to have that image in mind, that once the button is pushed, there’s hardly anything else to do, but to wait for the destruction of the target.
In our societies, government and establishment in general, proceed quite like a missile launch. Once power is taken, by any kind of government, being it of a country or a corporation, no changes in the direction can be made, or even considered, under the risk of total failure in the accomplishment of the mission. We are induced to believe that any objection and/or question to the pre-set trajectory will jeopardize the success of the mission.
Nothing as far from reality as this notion. The only mission not to be accomplished if objectives, aims, targets and obviously, trajectory, are subject to review are exclusively those of their own interest and benefit.
We are definitely not living on a ballistic missile. We are living and BUILDING our own society. Cruise speed MUST be determined by society issues and interests and both SPEED and DIRECTION, CAN and MUST BE ADJUSTED AS NECESSARY AND SUITABLE.
Let’s take control of our own weaponry. Will you accept that responsibility?
We’ll be asked about what we have done, by future generations.
What is so shocking about a plane crash?
I’d say probably, the fact of a sure death for all the occupants. I’d also point out the horror factor, of too many passengers dying at the same time, in one of the most horrible possible deaths. At last, but not least (since most of us are used to flying by plane), it also hits us the idea that us being in a plane crash, IS A POSSIBILITY.
On the other hand, let’s quickly take a look at the reasons for safety measures and why so many regulations tend to avoid accidents and crashes.
For sure, aviation in general, and commercial aviation in particular, is characterized by the fact that any accident in the air, is 99% due to become a tragedy. So, thanks to maintainance routines and strict regulations, hundreds of thousands of people fly everyday, without risking their lives.
But what strikes me is the question I then ask myself, that if we are shocked by a catastrophe of hundreds of victims in a plane crash, how is it that we keep on living knowing the current crisis is casting loads of people outside the structure of employment, education and health.
How can anyone understand the hipocrysy of being frightened by images like the one at the top of this post, and yet, don’t react knowing the forecast that future generations will be doomed to an utterly fragile life, with little or any options to decide for themselves their own lives.
What have we been taught? That we vote our Governments? That Society issues are decided by the majority? Or even worse, that we deserve this crisis, and now we need to be punished? How can we be so stupid?
Meanwhile we get scared to death when our plane goes across a simple turbulence.
The truth is that air travel is not safe for the value of human lives. Many more are lost everyday due to things like obesity, lung cancer, poverty, famine, dispair, depression, caused to a great extent by our society. Air travel is safe ONLY for the sake of the business.
We have got what we deserve.
It’s a feeling quite difficult to avoid. I know. And apologize for keeping on pushing the thing forward.
Christmas puts you in a mood that does not allow you to continue with your everyday fight against the absurd, maintain the rational critisism, attack and defend from enemies. Instead, these days impose everyone a period of hope, wishes, desires, love (or the wish of love), and make all of us, put our weapons down.
I, however, try to combat this emotional force, the notion that just for a few days, we can postpone the battle. I still remember quite well my last Christmas in my country, back in December 2001. Turmoil, financial and bank lock-out, protests on streets, people killed, a president escaping in helicopter from the “Casa Rosada”.
No, please no. Don’t allow the “Spirit of Christmas” abandon your convictions, even for a single day. Let’s think we can be happy and oppose resistance at the same time.
This is my very wish for this Christmas. Happy Christmas to everybody.