Orphans of Aids And Other Matters At Large
'An educated opinion on where man stands in intellectual evolution today' (prompted by the article of title below that).
Why this explanation?
This explanation is precipitated by an excellent photographic essay titled '[African] Orphans of Aids' appearing in The Los Angeles Times, Monday, November 27, 2006, and also posted on its website. The point is that this particular situation exists -this situation, continuing wars, global warming, 'the Soylent Greening of the seas', et cetera, et cetera- are all to be expected of a 'still pecking-order-based mankind bumbling and groping its way into the future'. And if one looks at history in this respect, one should be able to see that the operational dispositions and mentality of man have remained fundamentlally the same -'pecking-order-based', ever since neolithic man set down first, relatively permanent structures some 10,000 or more years ago. Interesting also should be then, that science regarding 'the nature of man' has actually had all of some hundred and fifty years beginning with Darwin and advancing from there to 'better the human condition'. Scientists, however, are themselves flawed by belief systems and opinion; pecking order, lifestyle, religion and politics, consequently, 'only rot better thought away'.
This little essay is 'a lament for the suffering earth and its millions of suffering peoples and animals' -present, past and continuing- not because of 'natural ignorance', but for the failure of scientists to wilfully and proactively engage ignorance
from the 'pecking-order-based-top down'.
First posted: November 28, 2006; Last modified: November 28, 2006
ORPHANS OF AIDS
In southern Africa, children have been cast adrift by disease and victimized by their elders
In 1990, nine years after the AIDS virus was identified, the map showing the worldwide spread of the disease displayed most of Africa in the palest pink. The infection rate among adults was less than 1%. Since then, the colors have deepened faster here
than anywhere else on Earth. Southern Africa now is colored a bloody crimson. The infection rate is more than 15%.