Posts tagged ‘wake-up call’

August 9, 2011

Haltung bewahren … Worte mit Hut (englische Essenz)

velvet suited boy & felt hat

Commitment to Composure

(A non-native Approach)

The more uneasy inklings of systematic economic decline and mounting social discomfort take over globally,
the more violent acts of self-justice inspire more violence in more diffused shape, from terrorist acts to riots flaring up and displaying frustration and anger festered into something uncontrolled and uncontrollable,
all the more we feel overwhelmed by our own discomposure, displacement and possible helplessness on one hand – and by mounting levels of empathy, indignation and an urge to engage on the other hand.

Adrenalin rushes call us to action, impulses between alarm and thrill – fight or flight. One of these evolutionary key triggers. Only, evolution could not prepare us for our self-induced overloads, informational tsunamis rushing at us signalling urgency, the need of relief action now – even while we recline in our chairs far away from the scenes of human tragedies, massacres, terrorist acts, warfare and oppression – likewise natural catastrophes, quakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and resulting suffering, predictable or unpredictable famines – they all escape our sphere of direct influence, our personal reach.

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März 12, 2011

25 Jahre oder 1 Tag … Tschernobyl – Fukushima

Zum Leben mit der Angst vor dem Super-GAU (1986 – 2011)

Kein Wort, das ich schreibe, kann die Katastrophe in Japan lindern.
Aber Schweigen ist auch keine Option. Dialog muss sein.
Immer noch, immer wieder geht es darum,
dass wir unverkennbare Risiken offen benennen und nicht vertuschen,
sondern vermeiden, um zukünftiges Leid zu verhindern.

Vor 25 Jahren, im strahlend schönen Tschernobyl-Frühling,
schrieb ich auf Karopapier.
Das ist vielleicht der Hauptunterschied.

Es sind die Worte von damals, die ich jetzt aus dem Archiv ausgegraben habe,
tastende Worte einer noch nicht 20-Jährigen
zwischen lebenshungrigem Pathos und kritischer Bewusstseinsbildung. Oder so:

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Juli 4, 2010

July 4th Blast in Year One of „The Spill“

– or –

A Bitter World Cupful of Crude Oil & Sound Waves

This post will start out with a tiny, oily wave – eventually reviving this dormant blog with a plastic trumpet call!

Wavelets have been rippling through my brain ever since global World Cup fever 2010 has infected a significant percentage of world’s thinking individuals, transforming them into patriotic swarms – largely blotting out from the collective screen of consciousness the news of dying wildlife within and all around the Gulf of Mexico: Drowning out the fate of a dying ocean in Vuvuzelian hummings, in sounds reminiscent almost of a biblical insect plague. The blasting sound of a swarm was considered to be a sign of warning, then… – …and now?!

Global BP (formerly: British Petroleum – now actually bp: beyond petroleum) may consider themselves extremely lucky that a globally dominant, serious interest in football has displaced serious worries about our global interests from dominant headlines – for the time being. And yet not from all of our consciousnesses… Plus, this is not „merely“ about BP’s spill either. „The Spill“ is an inevitable icon for the dangerously leaky foundations of human civilization as we take it for granted – despite our knowing better, or rather, despite of all our bitter knowledge of its faulty, rickety state.

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