While politicians and the media make much of the 27 Australian lives lost in eastern Ukraine this morning, please remember the other 271 lives (and counting) that were claimed in a horrific twist to the Russian-Ukraine conflict. This loss of life is something that will be felt across the whole world, particularly in the Netherlands where so many Dutch passengers boarded this plane only hours ago.
As this story unfolds, we will see news outlets and experts speculating on what happened, how it happened and why it happened, and whether it is related to the other Malaysian Airlines incident this year. (It’s not, for those playing at home. It’s unfortunate, but unrelated.) This tragedy will be exploited for sales/viewers, but we mustn’t forget the grieving families and friends of these innocent travellers.
Whatever you’re doing today, take a moment and a deep breath. Today may mark a terrible turning point in our history.
- Erin Hanson
Just found out that there is a posthumous book, a collection of essays by the author of one of my favourite pieces of writing. The piece of writing that is still in my head, two years later. I need this book in my life.
I reblogged her last essay here:
The Breakfast Club
30 years ago today.
March 24, 1984.