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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

much too easy.

Gone, are the days when one had to watch the life extinguish from the eyes of the person you kill. Gone, are the days when one had just as much chance as the other in physical combat. Gone are the days when one had to take life in the flesh - wield a blade with your own hands.

It has become much, much too easy to just.. detonate an explosion, pull a trigger, or you know, ask someone else to do it. Looking through the eyepieces of guns - the people targeted simply turn into images that won't really be there in a few seconds.

The moral implications are disappearing. People are understanding less and less of the magnitude of their actions. People don't understand that, in the death of one person, is the death of all their history too. It's the death of who they are, and, good or bad, how they got to be like that.

Deaths are announced in the news in the same fashion as everything else. To quote my friend Harry again, because he's just a quotable kind of guy, "One death in the news is a tragedy, but a million is a statistic." Death is becoming so.. impersonal. Of course, assassins like to keep it that way so that it's easier for them to do what "needs to be done" (does it really need to be done?) but we all do that because we're afraid to know them, understand or even be attached. Just like you shouldn't name a cow you meet at a slaughterhouse.

And while we may pretend and assume that we understand and have befriended Daisy the cow, there is a much greater chance that we might relate to someone we might take the life of; a greater chance that they might be like just like us, and that scares us deeply because, in the end, I think that we all know that we're not really supposed to kill what we don't need to, let alone each other.

But, you know, people do it for no good reason anyway, because it's just much too easy.

When killing becomes readily (albeit reluctantly) accepted in society, we are, in so many ways, expendable. Human inflation.

There are 6 billion of us on the planet now - each with our own stories and all as equally valuable another - what would it matter if one of us were not to be here tomorrow?

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i am

vivien, and i ask you to convince me of otherwise.

i'd like to be

a musician
a scientist
a thinker
a photographer
a time traveler
under the sea,
in an octopus' garden
in the shade.