November 30, 2014

BW photograph of a knarled tree stump on the bank of a stream.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It seems that thoughts have drifted back to time-albeit from yet another perspective.  As time does go by, all things age…

BW photography of a boarded window in a forgotten building.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

and often need additional support in order to avoid complete collapse.

BW photograph of a headstone.

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BW photograph of the Seton Cemetary.

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As with all things living, though, time does eventually run out.  A life well-lived is one with many rich and varied experiences.

However, sometimes age plays a minor role as a greater force than time brings haste to the process: for example, disease, war, and civil unrest take their toll.  Ebola, Ferguson, Iraq, Cleveland, and Afghanistan all come immediately to mind when thinking about premature ends.  Here in the 21st century it is stunning that poverty and race and ethnicity continue to be such divisive factors in societies around the world.  Access to clean drinking water is arguably the greatest health threat around the world.  Drugs for diseases that primarily affected poor countries were seen as not a viable investment for major drug manufacturers.  That is, of course, until Ebola and the global transit system appeared to put more developed countries at risk (and I hesitate to use that term as the U.S. and other developed countries have the resources that greatly reduce the risk of the kind of outbreaks seen in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  Indeed, that is the point-resources make a difference).  Race and ethnicity appear to have been flashpoints almost for as long as homo sapiens have walked the earth: Rwanda, the Balkans, Darfur, Central African Republic, Iraq, etc. etc. etc. and that is just in the last 20 years.  That list is far too long.  And yes, Ferguson is in the United States.

As an added comment to the situation in Ferguson, it is ironic that in the days leading up to the Grand Jury decision, gun sales increased in advance of the anticipated violence.  This appears to be how it goes-gunfire is at the center of the controversy and that begets the potential for more gunfire.

It does not have to be this way.  In this season of thanksgiving, please do put something toward the development of community.  The act of giving of oneself is working toward the greater good and it just seems so sad to think that ending poverty and prejudice and discrimination is but a dream.  It does not have to be this way.

Pepsi cup in the street

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

John Lennon’s Imagine is playing in my head.

Take care.


One Response to “Age”

  1. I take this post as a strong foreshadow of what happened in Kenya early in the morning today.I should probably include differences in religion to the list of the factors that speed up the process of ending life….either there being religion or lack of it in some cases,such irony.John Lennon was right.Thanks for the post.

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