1) I have posted some pictures from the world of modern art in the last few weeks. In Sunday’s Guardian was a slide show of the beauty, and imagination, found in the world seen through a microscope.
Dr Hideo Otsuna, University of Utah Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 5-day old zebrafish head, (20x).
Dr Paul D Andrews, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK. Telophase HeLa (cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (green), (100x).
Gerd Guenther, Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany. Soap film, (150x).
2) The following picture could have been taking at a rock concert in the US. It comes instead from the Midi Music Festival in Zhenjiang City, China. Tattooed college students sold antigovernment T-shirts and an unruly crowd of heavy metal fans came together at a festival in China sponsored by the local Communist Party.
A New York Times article about the Midi Music Festival – http://tinyurl.com/2uy2985
In 1950’s America Rock and Roll brought black and white kids together. Music is one of the dynamics that is bring all the people of the world closer together.
People around the world are connecting, person to person, over the Internet. Researchers from every country collaborate on science projects. With international trade companies from all over the world buy and sell products to each other. This level of international exchange has never existed at any time in the past.
The world is becoming a smaller places. The people of the world are coming together as never before, over the barriers of ethnicity, nationalism and religion. There is still a long ways to go, as evidenced by the wars that still plague us. It may take a 100 years, maybe a thousand, but the world envisioned by song writers like John Lennon and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) will come to be.
Do you think I am too optimistic? Do you think the world 100 years from today is likely to be a better place, or worse?