Is it wrong to buy metal fragments from yesterday’s bombing on ebay?
Is it wrong to ask Bill Gates to give $1B to Boy Scouts of America so it can go completely private?
People ask what is wrong with their country when their safety is threatened by random acts of violence. Yet, more people die by accident than by all acts of terrorism combined, regardless of how you slice and dice the stats.
Regardless, the tragedies are just as rough and tough on the people involved — friends, family and social support network.
Yesterday and today have been a litmus test and Rorschach test combined, showing people’s belief sets while examining a small event in a faraway place called Boston, Massachusetts, southeast Iran and Venezuela.
Some days, I want to believe in the impossible — people traveling through space and time to sneak conventional IEDs into a crowd, then disappearing from our expected linear chronology — so that my science fiction reading has not only a sense of fair play but also a stronger sense of reality.
Instead, like the protagonists in “The Pale Blue Eye,” conventional detective work will, through deductive reasoning, reveal an antagonist list we feel comfortable suspecting, arresting and convicting.
Another story of terrorism, another forgotten list of victims…sigh…
I cannot let these distractions, that show the past and the future activities of our species are identical, slow down my path outward from Earth’s rotation around our local star.
Regardless of repetition, telling the stories from another celestial location are worth the effort.
There is enough material in this small room in which I type these words to last my lifetime.
Creativity is a result of one’s life, one’s genetic material, one’s experiences, ones and twos and zeroes.