The Nazi war crimes item below is grabbed from something I originally put on facebook earlier today.
One of the casualties of Facebook (and Twitter even moreso), is that while they do help us stay connected– passing either meaningful or snarky notes back and forth in the Classroom of the Streets– the nature of that “short” or casual communication and writing is all so temporary. It therefore, in my estimation, usually holds less potential for change or growth, within either the relationships or within the individual reader. Unless we “drill down” into the stories we alert or remind each other about, we’re just passing the time until we move on to what really matters. Which can be sad, as we don’t always have good perspective on what really matters, but our worldwide attention span gets shorter and shorter every year. So we’re bound to miss some important stuff in this habitual, headlong rush toward “what’s next?”
Thus I have attempted (with only limited success, I admit) to use Marking Time as a “slowing down” — a contemplative marking point, a way to freeze time and take a snapshot– to document in a more permanent way developments in my own life and in the world, developments or minor revelations that I at least HOPE will matter in the long run.
Developments like this one, today in the news, along with my commentary, dragged over from Facebook: