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?