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Shadows and light

20 Apr 2013, 18:08 UTC
Shadows and light
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Little round planet in a big universe Sometimes it looks blessed, Sometimes it looks cursed. Depends on what you look at, obviously But even more it depends on the way that you see. – Bruce Cockburn * The past week was not a healthy one: it was marked by violence, natural disasters, and the more [...]

The Horsehead Nebula, in infrared light. [Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)]
Little round planet in a big universe
Sometimes it looks blessed,
Sometimes it looks cursed.
Depends on what you look at, obviously
But even more it depends on the way that you see.
– Bruce Cockburn *

The past week was not a healthy one: it was marked by violence, natural disasters, and the more subtle hatreds surrounding race, gender, and ethnicity that masquerade as “civilized” discourse. Sadly, the main reason many in the United States paid attention is because many of those events happened here, instead of at a safe remove in another country. I can only hope that the violence in Boston would lead to increased sympathy on the part of Americans toward those in other nations for whom such things are a common occurrence.
However, this ...

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