|-- Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan|
While I was enjoying a beautiful voyage around Baja California, and subsequently focusing on presenting my photos of the trip, the world has continued to spin. Suffering and misfortunes have loomed in the news headlines. I was lucky to escape for a while, but here are some of the things on my mind:
- Very far from me, tens of thousands of victims in Turkey and Syria died in last week's earthquake and its aftershocks. There’s little help coming to the survivors. Thinking of bereaved families and orphaned children trying to survive in the cold without food or help is horrifying.
- Also far away: the Ukraine war continues to destroy a formerly prosperous country to satisfy the insane egotism of a Russian despot. Is American commitment to help them weakening? Perhaps. (source)
- Globally, warming seas are creating new record-low ice in Antarctica. Scientists report “never having seen such an extreme situation before.” Continued melting is predicted until the end of this season, with dire consequences. Furthermore, sea levels throughout the world are rising; the UN secretary general warns of the potential for “a mass exodus of entire populations on a biblical scale.” (source, source)
- Near and far: Spy balloons from China also dominated the news while I was out of touch. One was shot down in Michigan where I live. Another disaster: a train derailment in Ohio threatens to poison the population of a small town with toxic substances from the wrecked cars. And the police are responsible for committing one in 20 homicides in the US. (source, source)
- Not-so-distant disaster: one hour’s drive from my home, another mass shooting has cut young and optimistic lives short in Lansing, Michigan. Will we ever even try to keep guns away from maniacs?
|The three victims of the terrible tragedy in Lansing, Michigan. (source)|
When will we ever learn?