If you are easily depressed, stop reading …
- A plane crashed into a Medan neighbourhood in Sumatra, Indonesia shortly after takeoff yesterday, killing 149 people (102 onboard, 47 on the ground). 5 ppl reportedly survived. This brings to 4 air crashes since the middle of August (reference BBC).
- Nine ppl were killed on an Austrian ski alp yesterday when a helicopter air-lifting building material to the top of a mountain dropped its load on cable-car wires. One cable car plunged into the mountains below, another swung so violently as to throw its passengers out of it.
- A fire in another Paris apartment building has killed 16 ppl last night. This brings to 3 the number of fires in Parisian apartment buildings during the past 10 days, and a total of 40 ppl killed. The buildings were mostly run-down and were inhabited by immigrants and low-income households.
This past month has not been short of bad news. I admit that I’m morbidly fascinated by this. Is it some sort of cosmic karma at work? Are extra-terrestial bodies aligned in a bad way or what? What is happening to our planet? To those that say that this is God’s work, I say to you: if your God is a vengeful being that kills ppl indiscriminately then I’m glad I don’t believe in your God.
All I can take from all of this is that life is but momentary and is to be cherished. There’s not a day when I don’t feel lucky to be able to wake up to a new day. I hope that you feel that way too. Life is short – be happy.