October 22, 2013I'm generally not very keen on reposting Multiply blogs here, but I was reminded of this one when a couple of us had a discussion about parallel and/or potential worlds. Back on Multiply, it began with someone who'd like to have an "edit button" for real life, i.e. be able to go back into her past and change events she regretted. I'm personally not much given to remorse, but of course I could see that such a feature might come in handy in some cases. In Kashmir, for instance, a bride is expected to be a virgin until her wedding night, so for those who aren't ... . More seriously, though, I immediately thought that such editing would be yet another case of "we don't know what we are doing", as bad as genetic engineering if not worse. Perhaps much worse. In fact, probably much worse since our personal past isn't strictly personal after all. Our choices have consequences for others as well, they may influence other people's choices - even if we think we aren't important. (Adolf Hitler's mother must have seemed a completely insignificant person to herself and her surroundings.) And the lessons we learn through our mistakes determine our later choices - delete the mistake, and you delete the lesson. Then I remembered the three stories below which, in different ways, illustrate the individual's impact on the world. We are all causes. Big or small. Perhaps all big in the very long run. [As for the first, I narrated it from memory; I couldn't search for it since I remembered neither author or title, and I read it as a teenager, so the details aren't all correct, as I found out when a friend (who can make a search engine find a specific pebble in the ocean) identified it and I reread it on the net. I haven't edited it, though; I got the important parts right. The other two are from books I own.]
June 29, 2013My - let's call it high school - class had a reunion yesterday, 40 years anniversary. As you have already gathered, I didn't join them. I was invited, and also invited to a Facebook group in which they planned it, told who would (not) be there, etc, and now one of them has posted photos from the party. I managed to identify 5 with a possible 6th, and one only because he couldn't be any other of the "boys". We were 23 students, 8 boys and 15 girls. I chose to study Latin and Greek, and in tho…
Gulmarg in summer, album created on August 1, 2013
Two days' trip to the tourist resort we visited in winter too; it's only about 50 km from here. Gulmarg is at an altitude of 26-2700 m, hence cool. The activities are fishing (which we did), horse riding (which only Zeenat did), and the cable car aka gondola which took us up to more than 4000 metres.
Babies, album created on May 16, 2013
My youngest niece a few days before her 1st birthday, and a neighbour mum with 8 very young kids.
Family outing, album created on April 12, 2013
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