Things are what they are. What one finds beautiful, others find abhorrent.<quoted text>Read a Wilbur Smith Novel.... greed and the need for money and power but I guess in reality the same can be said about oil; The Diamond Hunters, I read quite a few of his novels in my 20's, and was probably horrified at what man(kind) could, did and does do to others. Blood Diamond was also a good movie, "Blood Diamond is a 2006 American political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.
Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 19962001, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels' amputation of people's hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections.
The film's ending, in which a conference is held concerning blood diamonds, is in reference to an actual meeting that took place in Kimberley, South Africa in 2000 and led to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which seeks to certify the origin of rough diamonds in order to curb the trade in conflict diamonds. The film received mixed but generally favorable reviews."
One would have to wonder at the uses of diamonds, and other gems and crystals, but then when one looks at a dessert rose, one can think there is only beauty to behold. Perhaps too, the same can be said of diamonds, but the dessert rose is perhaps fragile, and one of those beautiful things in life that are for no other purpose, than to be beautiful?
I is what I is, for better and worse.