The Longest Night  

Scottyboy2087 51M
73 posts
10/24/2005 3:05 am

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The Longest Night


It’s a new day, thank God!! I never want to go through what I went through yesterday for as long as I live. See yesterdays blog

I spent a very sleepless night tossing and turning and trying to get the horrific images out of my mind. At some point during the long dark hours my mind wandered to think of all the men and women involved in conflict areas around the world. Not just the allied troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, but the Africans in the Congo or Rwanda, the people involved in the Bali bombings, the London bombings the list goes on.

How must these people come to terms with seeing friends, lovers, husbands, wife’s, killed and injured in the most horrific ways. I just can’t imagine what goes through there minds. They have my utmost sympathy and respect for managing to hold it together and move on as I am not sure how I would handle such a situation.

The other thing I wondered was why anyone would want to watch the sick and disgusting images that come out of Iraq, pictures of vile executions, invasive pictures of the dead. Why do some magazines and television programs seek to glorify images of suffering, pain and death?

We like to think of ourselves as civilised, but I begin to wonder. There is something sick in human nature, that makes us want to view these things, I am sure almost everyone has slowed down as they drive past a road accident for a good look, why?

There needs to be more love and understanding in the world, if only more people felt this way the planet would be a better place to live on.

rm_nicelady1973 44F
1 post
10/24/2005 7:43 am

Life is just impermanent! The only thing we can make this life a better one to live is try our best to help those who need helps and of course help ourselves too, bringing the happiness to the people around us and sending them the warmest regards while we have the chance to do so. Please take care and i am sure, you can do that

warm regards to you always....

GoddessLOVE2000 58F
5 posts
10/24/2005 4:57 pm

I thought I'd check your blog after your posting in the magazine.

I agree with you about feeling compassion for the bereaved, but Iraq is a different thing...the gore we see on TV or magazines could be either from your Govt. to remind rest of the world about the barbaric evil terrorists (to justify their invasion of iraq) or from correspondents whose job is to report the real truth of what a mess Iraq has become, ironically after the fall of Saddam. I think it is an eye-opener to all right-thinking people and Americans to see what is really happening there, and how many body bags are shipped back to USA, rather than gloss over with more lies, evasions and half-truths from some of the western leaders.

We are civilised only to the extent we learn to control our baser instincts. If we throw away the guns or the easy option to go to war, and start learning to negotiate, or offer help like the good Samaritan rather than ogle at people's misfortunes, if we learn to be tolerant and respectfully accept the different peoples and cultures in this world, then we can say we are on the way to be really civilised. Sadly, history has shown that human beings have not been consistent, and civilisations have risen and fallen - so the civilisation we know today might be gone tomorrow, and we could be reduced to the original uncivilised beings we were in the caveman age!!

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