A Matter of Perspective

on October 6, 2008 with 0 comments » | ,

I walked 5km at the Juvenile Diabetes walk here in Boston yesterday.

Good cause, lots of fun ...10,000+ enthused people, free food, good music... what's not to like.*

I came home to find that the local Fox News website had put up hundreds (almost 800!) pictures from the event. Thanks to digital cameras and cheap hard drive storage space, photographers at news outlets do not seem to need any kind of screening in their work any more! The pictures are taken with no restraint - replete with duplicates of same shots & some shaken pictures - and then downloaded and dumped online. Pictures seem to lose their value in this excess and overabundance.

Then today, I see this one picture... and it is such a contrast. Not just from the hundreds of pictures at the Fox website but also to put into perspective the 5kms proudly walked by thousands, including me, yesterday.


A four-year-old girl in Ghana walks two-and-a-half miles (four kilometers) twice each day to fetch buckets of water for her family.
Picture © Brent Stirton


A four-year-old girl in Ghana walks two-and-a-half miles (four kilometers) twice each day to fetch buckets of water for her family.

The picture is featured in a book of photo essays, What Matters, which looks at 18 different environmental, economic and other issues that plague (no pun intended!) the world today. (I've also blogged about the book elsewhere.)

And so life goes on...

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* Though, as much as I love Coke, I never could figure why such sugar-laden drinks were being distributed fore free at a juvenile diabetes walk. Not to pick on Coke, the from-concentrate fruit juices were no worse!

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As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all. - Blaise Pascal.

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