Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Lottery - A World AIDS Day Post

It was four years ago today that Christopher posted this on his now dormant blog Everything Is Not Real. I have reposted it for the past two years and it once again bears reading.

December 1, 2005

I have lottery fantasies.

I dream about being able to buy fast cars and designer clothes until they come out of my ears. I want houses in London, New York, East Hampton and Rio. I want to be able to travel first class and work out at The Third Space and get reservations at Annabel's just because of who I am. I want to be able to take hot dates on tours of the National Gallery. When it's closed. Because I'm one of it's biggest benefactors.

Needless to say, twice a week, I am disappointed.

This morning, on the way to work on the tube, I was reading a Times article, written by Annie Lennox, about the millions and millions of people in Africa who are suffering with HIV and AIDS, and dying, and how the governments of the richer nations, such as the one I live in, have pledged support over an eight year period. And how they absolutely must stay committed to this goal.

One of the kids she spoke to on a recent trip to Africa was dying of AIDS. But before he got sick he lost his mother, father, brothers, sisters and pretty much everyone else he cared about to the same disease. He was totally alone in the world. With no hope. And certainly no dreams of fast cars or a nice comfortable house, anywhere. And that shit isn't even near the important stuff.

There are approximately 6,450,000,000 humans on Earth.

Most of them are not 33 year olds who have careers which afford them access to guest lists to the best clubs and bars the city has to offer. They don't have friends who will stick with them no matter what (and slip them Jil Sander dress shirts every now and then.)They don't have housemates who have Thai cuisine prepared and ready to eat when they arrive home. They don't have comfortable beds to sleep in at night.


When I think about it I kinda did win the lottery.

About 33 years ago


Most of us can echo Christopher's words.

For Pierre, Lawrence, Bill, Don, Jim, Brian and the others - not forgotten.

And despite what is being "preached" condoms can help prevent the spread of AIDS.

01 decembre - La giornata mondiale contro l'AIDS

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sageweb said...

Wonderful Post!

yvette said...

Yes,should be translated in several european languages. Meanwhile tremendous amount of money is spent in France on the vaccination campaign, needless to say pharmaceutical industry is behind it but there is not the same money invested for AIDS.Disgraceful, indeed.

Sling said...

I missed this last time around.
It's a wonderful post!