May 22, 2007

Just a thought…

Posted in Randumb at 10:44 pm by Iram

In studying parasitology I have come across one bug in particular that has sparked my interest: Schistosoma. Schistosoma is a water-borne blood fluke that ranks second behind malaria in terms of socio-economic and public health importance in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Its importance is highlited by these two pieces of information:

1. It is believed that Napoleon’s army in North Africa was not defeated by the enemy but by infestation of his soldiers with schistosome infections.

2. During World War II, General Douglas MacArthur stated that he lost more of his soldiers to this disease in the Philippines than he did to enemy fire.

So many people forego their own so-called unalienable rights, or the opportunity to restore rights to another individual, with an excuse that belittles their potential contribution. After all, what impact could a single individual possibly make, right? Wrong! If a bug that is no larger than two centimeters in length can change the course of history, just imagine what a single human can do.  Think about it….

May 4, 2007

Revolutionary Dreams

Posted in Randumb at 9:52 pm by Iram

i used to dream militant
dreams of taking
over america to show
these white folks how it should be
done
i used to dream radical dreams
of blowing everyone away with my perceptive powers
of correct analysis
i even used to think i’d be the one
to stop the riot and negotiate the peace
then i awoke and dug
that if i dreamed natural
dreams of being a natural
woman doing what a woman
does when she’s natural
i would have a revolution

~Nikki Giovanni