Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Random Thoughts from a Wandering Mind

As the heading of this post suggests, these are just random thoughts, so there isn't any rhyme or reason to this entry. It's all a topsy-turvy.
  • Why do we destroy forests and desecrate water bodies all in the name of development, yet we somehow want to breathe fresh air, lounge on beautiful beaches and point at dolphins? In Africa, people are tirelessly working day and night to poach rhinos and elephants out of existence - the very animals that could yield enormous revenue from tourism, just so a few men can pocket peanuts and someone in Asia can admire their bloody ivory carvings. 
  • African leaders love to spend their time in developed countries, but it boggles my mind as to why they can't fix theirs to look just like those countries they seem to love. Is it really that difficult to sit, think, plan and act?
  • America and France, where the Statues of Liberty stand tall as a beacon of freedom, aren't really free except for a certain demographic. There’s enough prejudice and discrimination to make Lady Liberty weep, lower her torch and walk away. We hear a lot about fraternité, liberté et égalité, but do they exist in the country that espouses this notion? I’m not sure minorities in the banlieues are feeling the love. Likewise, isn't it ironic that America, a country seemingly synonymous with freedom, is the world’s biggest jailer?
  • What makes it permissible for some countries to do pursue certain policies, but not for others? Why are some countries allowed to possess nuclear bombs and others aren't? Why does America, the only country that was foolhardy enough to use an atomic bomb, have the right to decide which country should and shouldn't possess WMDs? The world sat back and watched while America invaded Iraq, but when Iraq invaded Kuwait all hell broke loose. What makes one invasion right and the other wrong?
  • Some men love to think that women are beneath them and have no place in the work environment, but they're quick to forget that a woman gave birth to them and nursed them. Incidentally, why are women their own worst enemy? Instead of those in power to coach and mentor their underlings, they'd rather make their working life a hellish experience. If women don't support one another, gender equality will remain elusive regardless of how great the support we receive from men.
  • We thought technology was going to bring us closer to one another, but somehow we've further drifted apart than ever before. We now have more virtual friends (than real friends) whose opinions matter more to us.
  • Food is meant to be for nourishment, but man with his evolved brain has managed to turn it into some poisonous gunk. In the not so distant past, people ate to live; now people live to eat themselves to death.
Life is fraught with contradictions and ironies, and the way I see it, we humans are only too happy to keep it that way.