okay, you draw the conclusions here

between the two cases I will present for you now.

This is another real email that I received today:

Date: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 8:29 PM
Subject: [efrat] Optometry in Jerusalem
To: efrat chat <efrat-chat@yahoogroups.com>


I just wanted to share something that happened today that reminded me that I practice optometry in Jerusalem.

I was examining an 8 year old kid. He looked like a regular kid wearing a T-shirt and shorts. I was in the middle of doing his vision evaluation and in the distance I could hear the siren of an ambulance, as I do from time to time.

The 8 yr old boy asked me if I could stop the exam. I thought that he wanted to go to the bathroom. But what he did instead was to recite Psalm121 (Essa Einai)by heart in Hebrew to pray for the well-being of whoever it was in that ambulance . When he finished, he let me carry on.

Robert Lederman

PS. The boy was from Efrat

And now the next item of some (really really disturbing) interest:

Last night in front of an audience of hundreds at a presentation at the University of Southern California, TV personality Bill Nye — popularly known as the “Science Guy” — collapsed midsentence as he walked toward a podium. Early indications are that Nye is OK, but what’s odd about the incident isn’t so much Nye’s  slight health setback as the crowd’s reaction. Or, more precisely, its nonreaction, according to several accounts.

It appears that the students in attendance, rather than getting up from their seats to rush to Nye’s aid, instead pulled out their mobile devices to post information about Nye’s loss of consciousness.

Alastair Fairbanks, a USC senior in attendance for Nye’s presentation, told the Los Angeles Times that “nobody went to his aid at the very beginning when he first collapsed — that just perplexed me beyond reason.” The student added, “Instead, I saw students texting and updating their Twitter statuses. It was just all a very bizarre evening.”

The article that I first mention actually goes on to discuss another even more disturbing news event in New Orleans.  I’ll let you read it yourself.

I am not saying the difference is between Israel and America, nor about “settlers” and the unsettled, nor even between religious and non-religious.  I’m saying that the world of technology is a big fat web that catches us without us paying attention.  We’ve allowed ourselves to be victims.

And that’s really bad.

So I like saying Tehillim.  Maybe, if we really pay attention, we can gain our lives back.

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