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It's good to know my wish is being granted (see Ryman item), though I'd wish still that it wasn't for such a sad reason. The s1ngularity blog calls attention to Geoff Ryman's tribute at the BBC News Magazine for those who lost their lives in the recent London bombings. The intro:

Nine years ago, novelist Geoff Ryman wrote a pioneering online novel, 253. It told a tale of the relationships between people who happened to be on a Tube train at the same time. Now, inspired by the varied lives of those who died on 7 July, Ryman offers his thoughts and tribute.

And what an amazing tribute. A snippet:
I don't believe there are evil people or evil countries, but there are undoubtedly evil thoughts and deeds. They come when we are tired, lazy, threatened or angry - rather like the shooting of that innocent Brazilian man. Everybody has a measure of right on their side and a measure of wrong.

The philosopher Hannah Arendt concluded that evil lay in the refusal to think. One of the things evil cannot face contemplating is variety. It prefers monolithic simplicity. Reality outstrips simplicity through a constant flowering of unexpected lives. Evil thoughts and deeds cannot prevail against it.
You can also read 253 online.


  • At 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "We are reality creating machines, and our creative tool is thought. Master teaches have said it across the ages. Quantum physics is catching on. Your thoughts are creative. You attract what you think about."
    - Dr. Wayne Dyer
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