Moments of silence...
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Today I was hit by several pieces of information that just gave me profound sadness. First was the announcement about the football tragedy in Liverpool twenty-three years ago where the responsibility for the deaths of ninety-six fans was finally correctly placed with the authorities and planners who made a number of mistakes and miscalculations. It was made all the worse by a collective cover which made it seem as it was all unavoidable. In reality, many of those people might have been saved. You can read the Prime Minister's full statement to the House of Commons.
Secondly are the news statements about the deaths of US ambassadors in Libya. I won't get into the politics of any of this. I'll just say that all of it makes me very sad.
I am a believer in openness and technology. I see these as tools which transport people into better versions of themselves. To me, and ideal world is one in which everyone explores their curiosity and works to meet their own challenges, whatever those may be. In this world, no one is denied the opportunity to educate themselves and discovery is openly shared. We find a balance between what everyone needs, wants and provides. I know that there are major obstacles to such a world, and human nature is one of them.
All of these reminders of people at their worst do not define people as a whole. We are making progress and things are getting better. Today I'm just reminded of how much more is needed. I wish there was a way to remove the fear and greed that makes people feel the need to control each other.
I was going to add some other related things here, but I suppose that won't really be fair to them. I'll give myself a chance to reset a little and I'll give them their own place.