Is any death different from the other

Fellow sufferers, this post was inspired by a post I read today, the sacrament of remembering.

First I don’t mean disrespect for the dead.

Second, I know many people fear death.

As an observer, I have noticed that some deaths are treated as more important than others. They get more news coverage, they are talked of for several days and innuendos are made about what was likely to be the cause of death. While there are those people whose death go unnoticed, unannounced, people who mattered to some family, a breadwinner, a father, a brother, a mother, a sister and so on. Why do we do this?

On the day of the Boston bombing where 3 people died, a total of 57 or more died in Iraq of bomb related deaths, this didn’t get as much coverage. Have we put a price to those we pay tribute to? Are there lives we consider more important than others?

Why has some death have to occupy the public psyche for so long, that the media bombards us with the goings on of the dead that our lives for sometime becomes, so to speak, living for the dead. Flags are flown at half mast, a day of mourning is declared, speeches written and analysts elbow each other for space to give us their two cents on the issue.

Since, each day so many people die, shouldn’t the flags then all fly at half mast or 3/4 mast all year round to pay tribute to all those who go before us?

I rest my case here!


Will the sexes ever be reconciled

Fellow sufferers, a few days ago we looked at Arthur Schopenhauer’s views of the fair sex and most if not all of those who read the post found them to be wanting. Whether it was the dominant view then or are his personal views, it appears the general agreement is that he was wrong.

In a chit-chat with one of my friends, I was told, in majority of women’s opinion, men behave like 5 year olds or rather it appears to them that we reach maturity at age 5 and don’t get any better.

On the other hand, while having a similar discussion with the menfolk, some of them think women are mad or mature babies and should be handled with care.

Lastly, there is that group of men and women who hold the view that we are all equal.

Given the above, I have a few questions

  1. What is the extent of equality being sought or advocated?
  2. Are the sexes really equal in any sense?
  3. At what point does an observation or opinion made regarding the sexes become misogyny or sexist?


Blogs the boss likes

Two blogger buddies nominated me for awards to which I say thank you. Having said that, the awards have rules but as most of you already know, I have a slight apathy to rules. However, in the same spirit, I would like to introduce some blogs that I follow in no given order. This list is however not conclusive and doesn’t mean that your blog isn’t appreciated. It would probably take the whole night if I were to mention all the blogs I follow. I must say from the onset then, that you all, followers and readers alike that you are highly appreciated.

I hope my friends who nominated me find this post as a sufficient response to the awards. Thank you!

A guy without boxers who nominated me is a fine gentleman, true to his nature. He asks the most important question, why has the superstitious naked ape[ as J. Zande calls us] moved so far away from its nature. Thanks very much buddy!

My second nominee is La Hacienda, a fine fellow who lives in Greece that place of classical antiquity. He must be walking in the footsteps of the great Hellenes!

In discussions with my friends about call girls, many people argue that it is wrong to be one claiming there are parts of the body that shouldn’t be used to make money. Well, honest courtesan makes a case for call girls that is difficult to ignore.

There is Ark, who was formerly a king but is now just called Ark which explains why he oscillates between attacking religion and writing about cakes :-D.

My dreamer friend, whose poems tells the story of her travels, her life and the beautiful sunrise from her apartment window.

Livelysceptic for being both lively and sceptical.

Sophiebowns for her captivating stories

Alastairs for pleasant photography.

My longtime friend Club Schadenfreude, the boss, for a dose of geology, idiocy bashing, beer, food and I can’t remember recipes for what else.

I don’t think this fellow is an idiot, but she calls herself  the modernidiot.

Violetwisp which should have just been Violetwhip, she does a lot of whipping.

Marylin at Things I want to tell my mother for her very nice posts.

This list would be incomplete without in his own image, a site dedicated to a critical analysis of the bible coupled with humor and a lot of history lessons from whom I have learnt a lot.

and a friend to this blog of longstanding Daniela.

Special mention is paid to real real me, Debilis whose blog is dedicated to apologetics, and of course Caroline.