The final score of yesterday’s deathmatch with technology:
Human who forgot to Ctrl-S: 0 and falling
Obviously this indicates that the Singularity is one step closer to evolving our homo sapien asses into obscurity. On a less colossal scale, I hope you will forgive my inability to muster up the chutzpah to recreate my piece at the moment.
However, since I am on deadline for Sojourners, I will have to write about celebrity activism at some point this week. I hope to be able to whip up some musings about why it takes George Clooney dressed in snappy journalist-on-safari khakis to convince Americans to give a half a shit about
All [scratch that: "most," as of an interview this morning] of the professional activists and organizers I talked to for my article took the former approach, explaining to me that though celebrity worship is weird and occasionally unsavory, it gets people to sign up for their campaigns, and who are they to question that reality? I, on the other hand, threw up on the Marie Claire spread where Drew Barrymore waxes romantic about poverty, while a Valentino model poses erotically on the facing page. I can’t quite reconcile the incongruities, but the fact that so many devoted activists support celebrity activism in spite of them humbles me.
Speaking of humbling, I want to pass on a portion of an email from my friend Sarah, who as you may remember is an aid worker in
Wonder and trepidation meet as usual in her latest letter, which describes the awfulness of the escalating violence and upheaval in
Here is what Sarah wrote:
April 25th, 2006
I walk into the office - the meeting room is full of Dinka sultans, a tribe originally from south
Sudanthat moved to Darfur to escape the conflict of south . Long dark faces, weathered eyes, slender limbs and hands. Sudan
"Can you help us... were from X (village 10 minutes away from fighting) - we want to go home, to south
. We are afraid, we can hear the fighting, there is too much death in this place too much death. Can u help us get home?" Sudan
"Last year they came from that side, they came from this side - they don't even care about us, but were always caught in the middle. I can't protect my people... we've seen our wives, children, parents die. There is much water in our eyes... we only have water in our eyes. Can you help us go home? No more water in our eyes... please."
Water in their eyes, water in my eyes, water in God's eyes, water in the Churches' eyes. May there be water in all our eyes for the hurting places of this world. But may there be more - may there be that fierce anger and determination that says enough - please remember
I would confess discouragement - but I am not discouraged. Rather, again I realize how important the power of presence is, even when you know damage cannot be undone, even when you know more often than not your lose rather than win. We, as believers are called to the dark and hurting places of this world. I get up every morning and I am so GLAD to be here - so grateful to be apart of something that says ENOUGH.
Please continue to say enough back home. Please remember
Darfuris the headliner on BBC and CNN international tonight - please watch tonight's evening news as the AU seeks to broker a new peace treaty. There is also a new congressional supplemental budget scheduled for Darfurin June - if you have the time please write your congressman.
Paul Rusesabagina, the now-famous Rwandan hotelier, often reminds us that the most abused words about genocide are the post-Holocaust vow, “Never again.” Rusesabagina reminds us that is not enough—because genocide is happening even now, again and again and again and again.
With Sarah and with many other voices in