Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 23rd 2014 Contents standing and the flash of clarity that
followed. In an instant the lingering
pessimism that had been plaguing me
about humanity and our future after
being reminded about Isis became
instantly replaced by a profound feeling
of hope and unbridled optimism.
How could the two groups of beings
in each story even be from the same
planet? If so, were they both from the
The contrast between these two
extremes of human nature is so difficult
to fathom. Both groups hold such dia-
metrically opposed views on reality.
One group is looking ahead in a tri-
umph of human ingenuity to confi-
dently embrace challenges, and expand
our horizons, while the other, through
incredible violence, oppression and
bloodshed, attempts to revert to 632
We are reaching for the stars from
six feet underground. If we have the
potential to land robots on comets in
deep space, then we must surely have
it in us to figure out a way to achieve
sustainable world peace and end suf-
fering. I remain optimistic.
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As if I didn t have enough
things of my own to worry about,
I am finding myself caught up
following the international news
For a while there, I resisted the
urge to be a regular spectator of
the drama; and it s almost always
drama. That, with some subtly
mixed in vested interest opinion
is what you end up getting.
However this ultimate reality
show has been pulling me right
back in. It seems the world is going
to hell in a handbasket. We are in
a desperate struggle to move for-
ward and backward at the same
Further observation of this global
reality drama only serves to
strengthen my convictions that
long periods of stability, law and
order seem to produce a subcon-
scious craving in society for the
These days it seems like we are
getting our wish; war in Ukraine,
the arms race between NATO and
Russia, the China and India border
conflict, Scottish vote for inde-
pendence, Libya, Gaza, Syria, ISIS,
and Ebola---which I admit has me
concerned and following closely.
Following the international news
usually leaves me with a feeling
of powerlessness to affect impor-
tant situations and a growing cyn-
icism and suspicion.
Those feelings and a growing
awareness of how effectively peo-
ple are controlled by the media;
keeping fearful and willing to trade
their freedom for provided security,
has led me to stop taking in much
of the corporate owned news.
Through this revolutionary age
of Internet journalism I now enjoy
access to more of the facts and
formulate my own opinions instead
of getting opinions about the facts.
For the first time in more than
a year, I thought I would watch
some news. Sitting down, I pas-
sively consumed the programming
that was being fed to me; Joan
Rivers s last phone call; "no!" I
clicked the remote up a few times
and stopped to watch some more.
This time I came upon a very
concerned looking man in a suit
with an obnoxious tie, in front of
a vague electronic blue back-
He was emphatically shouting
at me about the current situation
in Syria and Iraq, and referencing
Obama s speech regarding a mil-
itary response to Isis.
Displayed in a big box on the
screen beside the man, Obama was
speaking. It switched to show
scenes of masked figures in flowing
black robes, waving black flags and
brandishing Kalashnikovs, alter-
nating with another of a scene
where a man in orange was kneel-
ing next to another figure that was
clutching a raised knife, followed
next, by one where the man in
black holding up a blurred object.
These images produced in me
their desired effect of fear, disgust,
pessimism and outrage. Noticeably
disturbed, I turned off the TV.
Sitting at my computer now, I
browsed through some more news.
An interesting article with a
YouTube video sparked my inter-
est.This time however, to my sur-
prise, it was not bad news. I read
a report that the European Space
Agency s spacecraft, named Roset-
ta, was fast approaching a comet,
way out in deep space, after a ten-
year journey of almost six billion
km! If that was not enough of an
impressive feat in itself, I learnt
that this year, in 2014, the space-
craft is going to attempt to land
a robot on the comet while it is
moving at 55,000 km per hour. I
am not making this up, check it
I sat back in awe, my imagina-
tion on fire as I attempted to wrap
my mind around the information
I had just read. It was something
that arose entirely beyond my veil
As I sit here writing this I am
trying to recall the rush of emo-
tions that accompanied my under-
An artist rendition of the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft
approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
PHOTO: COURTESY THE ESA
Can we have some peace please?
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