Innocence or terror

June 17, 2011


Driving home to Toronto past town after town. Kids going home from school. Vans running erands. Buses picking up tired workers. Millions of people. Going about their lives. Like we were. All consumed with the impression that they were the centre of life. So many faces. Joy. Pain. Its hard to get your head around the enormity of it. I was reading about the 30 Years War.  Took place in the early 1600s. 8 million people out of a population of about 30 million died. Thats 25% of the population. In the Americas it is estimated that within 100 years of Columbus landing nearly 90% of the indigenous peoples died from disease originating in Europe. (If disease hadn’t ransacked the Indian cultures, Europeans would probably never have conquered the continents.) All of this happened. Hardly anyone knows about it. Mankind is a history of catastrophes. And seeing all those people rushing home to get some food on the table just made you think of your childhood. When you’d lay on the ground and watch the ants scurrying around their ant hills. Unmindful of what devastation you could bring upon them.

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