Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Rather less trivial
If you're in the UK and were considering buying a newspaper today, please make sure it's
The Independent. If you can't get hold of a paper copy, visit the website. Just do it, please.
Guest-edited by Bono, it focusses on the HIV/Aids crisis in Africa, and half the cost of the paper goes towards fighting the spread of the disease there.
The front page shown is by Damien Hirst, and the small print (which you won't be able to read here) reminds us
"Just 6,500 Africans died today as a result of a preventable, treatable disease. (HIV/Aids)."
The Bible reference which you might not be able to make out either is Genesis 1:27
"So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them."
Liz has thoughtful comments here
The headline put me in mind, most of all, of Dicken's savage obituary for Joe the crossing sweeper in Bleak House
"Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day."
That's the terrible reality. Dying thus around us every day.