04 jan 2011, reflection time
One of my colleagues wondered if reflection always follows material setbacks. As if we stop thinking (and feeling) as long as money fills our time. As if reflection is for the poor, those who have lost, those who are disappointed. As if materialism and healthy thoughts are incompatible. As if greed blurs our intelligence, bank accounts cover up our philosophies, business beats our brains. As if it takes a crisis to realize that life is more than a financial bonus.
Maybe he is right.
This morning I saw a picture in the newspaper of a Haitian dancer: she held up her one functioning leg while, with her left arm, she waved with her new prosthesis. She was smiling. She was beautiful. She was saying that for her, being alive was the bonus of 2010. Shall we stop complaining?