Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 23:44:51 +0200

Author: Urs Lauterburg

Subject: Final ''off topic'' thoughts about last week


Dear Tap-lers,

Thank you for the numerous replies on my off topic mail I sent to the list
on the very dark September 11th 2001. I just had to say something since the
outrageous incident really affected and and still does affect the way I
perceive things. It is true that after this terrorist attack on the free
world's symbols of prosperity and strength, the world will never be the
same again. The action clearly shows what ruthless violence is all about.
Certain forms of violence however are accepted and others are not.
Hollywood movies can be very atrocious at times, slaughterhouses are quite
brutal too, so is building and dropping bombs in a ''civilized'' way. I
think history is at a point where the traditional scheme of punishment will
not solve the worlds problems any longer, even if we try to do it in these
old ways. It is obvious that mafia ethnic of endless revenges just results
in a disastrous final state.

As long as there is a situation where the vast portion of inhabitants of
our planet have to struggle and shed their blood just to barely survive and
a considerably smaller portion lives in luxury using up most of the
resources we will always have opponents to wealth. In this way things have
not changed much since the french revolution where the peasants and the
poor stood up against their decedent rulers.

The solution will be to get connected, like drawing wires on a block
diagram to make some complex process functioning perfectly. This of course
is much more difficult to do than to conduct plain stupid destruction.

Please don't get me wrong, I am not at all for this kind of completely
ruthless terrorism we experienced this past week in the middle of the first
worlds capital. I am just afraid that a hardliner action of revenge will
perpetuate the ongoing very destructive processes. So it will be very
important for the world leaders to think about what they do very carefully.

So lets get back to work and make this planet a good place for everyone to
be. Kind regards and thanks again for the many responses.

May love and peace defeat horror and hate some day

Kind regards to you all


Urs Lauterburg
Physics Edutainer
University of Bern