ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

This Crazy World we live in. . .

Last night Colin & I went to preview a presentation a swim friend of his is giving at CSU tomorrow.
Lee & his wife are friends with the current British Ambassador to Afghanistan & she had invited them to visit before her tenure there ends. They did so in December of 2005.
Afghanistan is approximately the size of Montana. Tremendously mountainous, peopled with numerous (some of them warring) tribes & factions and a crossroads for the (also numerous) tribes & factions of other countries passing through, it has a history fraught with misery, natural disasters, poverty, war.
The slides we saw of both city & countryside equally were of desolation & ruin, though some rather random rebuilding is occurring. This is a photo of the British Embassy in 1967. It now sits in ruins, officially owned by Pakistan:

The photos we saw of the men & children (NO WOMEN, except in burkas, from behind)
make one cry out against the crimes committed by us (that is, all of us) against our own brothers & sisters (that is, much of the so-called Third World).
At any rate, they make ME cry out.