Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

The photograph shows a freed Russian prisoner pointing an identifying and accusing finger at a Nazi guard who was particularly cruel to prisoners at the Buchenwald camp. There is something really fascinating about this picture. That's all we can see of the prisoner's gesture here, but that finger means a lot.

 

Days, perhaps even hours earlier, that prisoner was too afraid to cross paths or even make eye contact with this man. Now he is putting an accusatory finger pointing a gun at the back of the man's head, and the defeated look on his face is acutely aware of this.

 

That medal on the guard's chest resembles a World War I Imperial Wound Badge, meaning that this guard fought for the German Imperial Army during the Great War. The badge is the black version (representing the third square, iron) and was given once or twice to people injured by hostile action (including air raids), or frostbite in the line of duty.