How’s that for mixed references?
I found some comments on David Brooks interesting. Not because I am familiar with him or with Brian Delong, who did the critique, but because there is something about the big events of life that beg the big questions. Now that, perennially, interests me.
The up close and personal looks at those events through the magnifier of the internet simply details the ways people approach the intrusion of these events into their consciousness.
I don’t think it is strange, or even so self-interested, that one would wonder how to slot it into ones frame of reference. That is a very human thing to do.
I do have one question, however. Why fault a “those [of us] who have no explanation” from thinking along self-centered lines? What else do they have to gauge anything by? What else is supreme on their line of measurement, …. or could be?
Another thing that was sort of interesting…. Brad writes: “Moreover, he says, let’s not forget to trash environmentalists, back to John Muir and Henry David Thoreau:”
about Brooks quote:
“The nature we saw this week is different from the nature we tell ourselves about… at the organic grocery store…. This catastrophic, genocidal nature… a long way from the… circle of life in “The Lion King.”…”
The thing I thought was interesting was that it doesn’t really seem that environmentalists were being criticised, it seemed, rather, that the anthropomorphous picture of natural creation was being revisted. In light of the tsunami devastation.
Not everyone has the same form of assimilating and reacting to their understanding of the world and their own place in that.
Some ask themselves what these things can mean, others rush to the rescue… and of those some from their understanding of what their place is in times of need; others to find a place they didn’t know could exist. And whether we think about that analytically or not, it changes us.
and that shouldn’t come as such as surprise as it does… we are interconnected in this world. We are all flesh, and inside we know that what happens to one could happen to another as easily.
This brings me to another post trackbacked from JustOneMinute. I really liked it. It had to do with the geography lessons of a little girl and how it saved the day… for her family and 100 others… read about Tilly Smith.
Ponder that 🙂