Evocative U

(ee-vok'-uh-tiv) Bringing strong images, memories, or feelings to mind

Glenn Murray

Written by Glenn Murray. I design and build cool software. CV

Here's my latest think piece.

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Twenty years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin is still a city divided. Economically, the East is trying to catch up to the West, and the West is trying to regain it's rightful place among the great cities of the world, busily rebuilding from the ashes of World War II.

I was particularly moved by the remnants of the Berlin Wall. It was put up in 1961, the year before I was born, so I was a child of the Cold War. It's difficult to remember now what it was like living under the constant underlying fear that we could be annihilated at the pushing of a few buttons. When the Wall came down, and Communism fell, I was filled with optimism that most of the money spent on military defense could be transferred to science, education and social programs benefiting humanity. How naive I was.

Jesus Jones' "Right Here, Right Now" captured the giddy hope of the times: