Thursday, April 19, 2007

Life's Fortune

Fortune can refer to wealth or possessions. It also, however, relates to fate or one's lot in life. I lived for some years on a remote, New England island that had no drinkable water - it had to be pumped off a boat three times a week. Water was very valuable to us. "Life's Fortune" was ispired by American's attitude - by and large - of everything being disposable, and British photographer Don McCullin's pictures of Darfur refugees - many of whom have died of thirst. "Chiefly", stated Francis Bacon, "the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands." Perhaps we need to rethink this, and use our hands to mold another man's fortune in life.

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