As the World Turns 3
Every day something happens in the world that illustrates something profound, if only one could figure out what it was. Here's one from Gaza describing a battle between the IDF and Hamas:
A separate 19-hour standoff in northern Gaza between IDF troops and Palestinian gunmen who had barricaded themselves inside a mosque ended in the deaths of eight Palestinians, two of whom were women who had heeded a call issued by a Hamas radio station in Gaza to go to the mosque to serve as human shields for the operatives inside. The IDF said that it suspected that some Palestinian gunmen had dressed up as women in order to foil the army's attempts to enter the mosque.
Here's another from Copenhagen, featuring Kanye West:
The six-time Grammy-winning rapper, 29, was apparently so disgruntled at not winning best video for "Touch The Sky" – the prize went to Parisian duo Justice vs. Simian for "We Are Your Friends" – that he crashed the stage as the award was being handed out.
In a profanity-laced tirade, West said he should have won the prize, because his video "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it," and, he added, "I was jumping across canyons."
"If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility," West said, according to the Associated Press.
This one is from New Jersey.
A U.S. man who found 300 letters to God floating in the Atlantic Ocean said on Friday he will donate them to a church instead of selling them on eBay following protests from religious people. The letters, sent to a deceased Baptist clergyman, mysteriously wound up in a sealed plastic shopping bag near a beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bill Lacovara, an insurance adjuster from Ventnor, New Jersey, said he waded out to get the bag while on a fishing trip last week.
They include one from a teen-age girl asking God to forgive her for having an abortion, one from a prisoner who said he was innocent and wanted to be at home with his family, and one from a man who wanted God's help winning the lottery, according to media reports.
If mankind doesn't survive as a species maybe some alien life form from the far future will find his fossilized remnants and wonder what why an ape-like creature, in dying should be reaching out for something beyond his grasp; the foolish aspiring for the transcendant. So maybe the lines from Leonard Cohen do apply:
Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Cohen's composition was covered in Shrek, did you know that?