Memento Mori. [Remember to Die] (Poem)

Don’t worry.

Everything is fine.

For even when everything is not all right.

At the end…

Everything will be all right…

[Photos from Hietaniemen cemetery in Helsinki, Finland]

Satellites, photos, Earth, humans.

The WorldView-3 satellite, which launched on August 13, has sent back its first images.

The new satellite can see to a resolution of 31 centimeters. That means each pixel of the camera captures one square foot of land, which is sharp enough to see home plate at Yankee Stadium, to map crops by pattern and type, to identify the type and speed of cars and trucks, and measure population density, all from 383 miles above the Earth’s surface.

WV-3 isn’t the sharpest satellite ever–some military satellites have a resolution of 15 to 20 centimeters–but it does have the highest resolution of any commercial satellite in the world. (The previous record-holder, GeoEye-1, had a resolution of 46 centimeters.) (1)

Nice someone might say.

But also creepy, Heidegger would add.

This is what is disturbing with technology: The fact that it WORKS! (see his last interview at Spiegel)

See the Earth from a distance.

And you will see no humans.

We drift away from our home.

And we celebrate like brats…

PS. And no, I am not against space exploration. This is just a comment for how modern technology dehumanizes everything… (a small note for those who may read my post superficially)

Proust, Minima Moralia, feeling “special”…

Proust’s observation, that the photographs of the grandfathers of a duke and a Jew from the entrepreneurial class look so similar, that no-one thinks of the social ranking order, strikes at a far more comprehensive state of affairs [Sachverhalt]: all of those differences which comprised the happiness, indeed the moral substance, of individual existence, objectively disappear behind the unity of the epoch.
The notion that every single person considers themselves better in their particular interest than all others, is as long-standing a piece of bourgeois ideology. (Adorno, Minima Moralia, Aphorism 6, source)

Look at drawings/ photos of people in Kenya at 1700, 1800, 1900 and now. They seem the same.

Look at drawings/ photos of people in London at 1700, 1800, 1900 and now. They change, depending on the epoch.

We believe that modern society protects the individual, but it actually crushes it. Our society imposes itself on us.

How special do YOU feel?

Light with mass, definitions, “true”, “real”…

Light with mass. Particles with negative mass.

Things defined, can change meaning in an instant.

But even though definitions are subjective, in one way or another we can make them really work. (1)

So elusive and yet so real. Makes you wonder. Can EVERYTHING be true and “real”?

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