11 thoughts on “He saved a billion lives”

  1. Some people just do good things because they care. Those looking for power and adoration are often not the real trail blazers, because it’s hard to do the right thing if you want to be popular. Or maybe it’s just my Christian upbringing or my Mother’s Christian upbringing rubbing off on me.

  2. Some people do good things because they cannot do otherwise. They don’t ‘get’ how other people operate, and so do what they do inconsequent of how the people they benefit treat them. They do it because they are ‘called’ or obsessed, or…because they don’t care about what most people care about.
    Just another reason to not be average, or ‘normal’.

  3. Chipper, I’d have to say that I agree. I don’t know if I care about what most people care about. Some people are good actors and do not do as they say.

  4. The utter inhumanity of saving millions now so billions will suffer later is indeed a paradox. Or do I mean irony. Maybe both. The Malthusian in me says that any of the four horsemen that go riding NOW will save a lot of grief later, so why would we celebrate feeding the starving hordes? The humanist – carelessly, like socialists in power – says that it is a good to save the starving millions now, the (fill in the blanks with one or more of the other horsemen – see Revelations) billions later can take care of themselves. Only – I have the feeling that later is going to happen sooner, and the fellow sitting next to me who says that what the world needs is a good plague, is probably right.

  5. Yes a plague might be useful.
    I always wondered of the wisdom of people who force conception when their own bodies won’t manage it. If many pregnancies do not make it because the woman’s body attacks the sperm, or the fertilized egg as an enemy, perhaps it is a message that…
    Likewise, if a man’s sperm isn’t up to doing the job without a bunch of tinkering…
    I know baby angst eats people up, but I have often wondered about producing children artificially, and what those consequences will be. Maybe it won’t show until they have children?
    And how many million children now are the result of some intervention to create the pregnancy? Of course, Stephen Hawking is like a poster child for you never know who will be brilliant, but how much human suffering is created by saving every life, and indeed creating some artificially?

  6. I wonder if my date stamp is messed up. It’s 7:09 p.m. and the blog entries that I just made are after Chipper’s entry at 3:58 p.m. and I believe Chipper and I live in the same time zone.

  7. I’ve been noticing time inconsistencies all day…like apparently Allegra posted a bunch of things before something that I had already read that I didn’t see previously.
    The time is 7:49 here, and yes we are in the same time zOne
    And now I must cut more grass

  8. Oh, and another comment on your comment about people doing good things and me echoing that…while I was cutting grass I was thinking it is more that some people just do what they do. Whether it is good or bad is a reflection of the viewer, and not necessarily of the doer.
    One man’s hero is another’s traitor?

  9. I guess it boils down to finding a balance between doing what you can live with and doing what makes you happy. It’s 8:47 p.m. and I’m wondering what the date stamp will say.

  10. No problem, we appear to be posting in Vancouver’s time zone. Now it’s 8:49 p.m.

  11. Somehow this conversation appears to reflect upon the picture of the ship (Titanic or Britannia? At anchor, or steaming backward?) and it’s truth or falseness.
    Of course it also speaks of the quantum cat. I hear Shroedinger had a fine one.
    It is indeed ironic that saving a few million in the past may doom a billion now. Give a man a fish…
    You must remember this
    A fish is but a fish…

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