The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The vulture and the girl,” is the title to a photograph I believe many of us have seen, but probably have not had an idea on the story behind it. It was published in March 1993 and further went ahead to win the “Pulitzer award for featured photography.” The picture was taken by Kevin Carter a photo journalist during the unrest and Civil war in Sudan. There was high level of starvation and deaths. The Child whose name was “Kong Nyong” was said to be walking towards a UN refugee camp, when Carter took the picture. He chased the vulture away and got treatment for the child. Later the child father will reveal that the child was a boy. About 3 month after Carter was given the award for the picture, he killed him self, because the sight still haunted him.
I cannot fathom the trauma and hell he will have been through. The haunting and gruesome image of how evil man have become.
For once, one will think that with the level of civilization and enlightenment, war and man inhumanity to man, might be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that is wishful thinking. It seems we are now more savage than those before us.
It is shocking to realize that Carter didn’t really go to Sudan for the “Gram and tweet,” rather to show how devastating and traumatizing life was in Sudan. I believe he might have had the image of finding peace. Yet, just that single image, traumatized him forever. It’s funny however, to see that in our own present day and time, we can see things like that and the first thing we do, is take pictures and videos, then go about our normal activities. It is always about the likes and retweets, rather than the help we can offer. There is nothing heartbreaking to realize that some of us even get pictures of those suffering and then use it to generate income for ourselves.
We have been made vultures by our machines and gadget. Slowly, our humanity has faded into oblivion. We are not compassionate, neither are we honorable and useful.