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The Bowing Mighty

The Bowing Mighty

The picture is taken from this fine article (in Italian) about the recent earthquake in the chinese region of Sichuan. It depicts a local leader bowing down and apologising for the young victims who died under the crash of school buildings. He has good reasons to beg pardon, since the root cause of many pupil deaths is irresponsibility and corruption. In fact that made possible that buildings were not built according to anti-seismic rules. I am from another planet and that's why I wish many more people in my country understood that ethics of politics is not a matter of moralizing, it's about our lives and our deaths.

I don't think the guy is true anyway. Bribering can be punished even with death in China. Nonetheless I was impressed by the picture. We would live in a better world if it happened more often that the mighty bastards had to get down their knees and apologise for their faults.

By the way, go here if you want to do something for the earthquake victims.