Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu: No one would have believed...

Narrator: No-one would have believed in the early years of the twenty-first century that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they observed and studied, the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiple in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our planet with envious eyes and slowly, and surely, drew their plans against us.

And yet, within the gulfs of our own oceans, within our mists and clouds, a miasma rose with the water birds, carried in their crops and claws and beaks and the sheaths of their wings. And they dusted all the lands they overflew, as the creatures far below, trafficked to their destinations, or watched sublime flickerings on screens large and small. Slowly, and surely, the dust drifted down all around us... written by NVDL in November 2005
I had to have the undersides of my shoes sprayed as there is a serious outbreak of some kind of swine disease in the Transkei at the moment.
We can't imagine a better life, and we also can't imagine the life we are living, unravelling. It is not an exagerration to say that in only the H5N1 scenario, you can have a world with 65 victims one day, and 24 hours later, it can basically go everywhere. Am I saying that in a single day, the world can change. No. In a moment.
Imagining it before hand may help you deal with the actuality of it.
Many people feel it is a pointless exercise because, the usual refrain, 'there's nothing you can do'.

But there is quite a lot you can do.
For a start, you can start listening.
You can show an awareness in the world beyond what is fun and entertaining, beyond your job and earning money.
Begin to develop an interest in significant events around you.
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