So this is it. April 5th 2009… will it be a date we will remember? Is this the beginning of the end? The end of the nuclear age?
Today someone expressed a simple but yet extremely difficult idea. We should all be living in a world that does not depend on defense against each other. We don’t need the extreme power of nuclear weapons on this planet. We have the force to destroy, to extinguish this world more than once. But why would we want to do that? It is crazy enough that the peace on earth is a fragile balance of who has more deathly power. It is a brave move to declare that the future should be a better one and that we can reach this better future. We all can live together without the threat of imminent destruction. Will this date be remembered as the beginning of something great? Is this the date when we come closer to the idea which Star Trek always promoted: Humans at some point learned what they can reach together, as one. And they explored the galaxy after that… Where will we go from here? Or is it just an idea, just a fantasy… a strategic move?
Time will (once again) give us the answer.
Yesterday I was at a friend’s place and he has a two year old son. Once again, I realised how sad it is that we grow up at some point. Not that a world without adults would be great, but children can laugh about simple things. They laugh when they find something funny, they cry when they feel sad, they discover new things every second and are open minded for everything. They want to know everything and they can find a completely perfect fascination in a leaf on the ground. And yet, if you look carefully, they constantly evaluate what is happening. They look at you and they can see right through your armour that you built to protect you… it is sad that we lose the ability to look at the world with kid’s eyes. Through the eyes of a child, things look different… sometimes it would be good to try and remember ourselves… I know we cannot look at things like a child anymore… but we can try…
This friend of mine is a simple man. And this I don’t mean in a judging or discriminating way. He was brought up by normal people, and he became a man with a normal job. He did not have the chance to go to school for many and many years, he never studied and today he is working in a warehouse. But he is a very clever man. He knows more than a lot of people I know and he found his own truth about the world. He is a wise man who looks at things from a very simple perspective but it is a good perspective. And he thought about many things. Yes, he has a simple job, but he does a very good job. He does it all for his family and there is nothing he would not do to support his son and his wife. We often tend to judge people about what they have and what this represents. But actually, a big car and a big house does not tell you anything about the person. They certainly reached something in life… but maybe what we see, this brilliant facade, has been created by cheating other people. Maybe their all so respective jobs are nothing than a huge trickery and their life has been built on other people’s work… When we can learn something out of this economic crisis, than, that there have been – and there still are – a lot of people who cannot be respected at all for what they do… but they can afford a Mercedes. I – for myself – prefer to have pasta with my friend who works in a warehouse… because he is a real friend with real values.
The angels have wings… maybe we don’t see them all the time, but they are here!