Saturday, July 17, 2004

Sloooooowing down

It is summertime, and that means time for me to take a short mental health break from the cybersphere.  That means fewer postings from me in the near term. :) I'll be back on a regular basis soon.  Nothing else pithy (or even boring) to say at present.  As Bene Diction says, "blog on."

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Fame and fortune

They seem to go together, don't they? I pondered that as I read the obituary of another Rockefeller who died recently. It was published in our local paper. The obit talked of his wealth, his ranking on the Forbes list of billionaires, his philanthropy. But I'm thinking "Why was this carried in papers all around the world, even in tiny communities like mine?" Lots of people die, why should everyone be particularly interested in the life of this man? Because he had a lot of money. There must be countless people who lead lives of exquisite sacrifice and contribution to their world, people who labor in relative silence. When those people die, little will be said.

I don't much care for the way society goes on about the "virtues" of wealth. Seems that someone once said we can't serve two masters, that it is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for a wealthy man to enter heaven. Now where did I read that? Where are the stories about the poor who give all they have to help others? Unless they commit crimes, they are largely absent from the media. We thirst for information about the rich and famous. That turns my stomach.