Who's Wearing Pink Today?
More than you can count
The title was another Facebook status line from a female friend intended as more of a rhetorical question to her female friends on Facebook regarding the latest fashion trends. And many friends responded in kind with various fun remarks about their fashion opinions on the matter of pink. Facebook is a social network after all.
But for me, the answer related to something that is an all too ever present reality now and was embodied in another Facebook status line from a close friend who lost her very close friend that same day to breast cancer (a second close friend in recent years for her to the same uninvited ailment).
Being male, I’m not much into the latest fashion trends. Most men only see 16 colours--peach is a fruit, but
I have been noticing that the answer to the story title here can be the
subtitle—more than you can count. Proof of that is the number of sports bodies
that draw attention to the quest for a cure for breast cancer in their
short-lived dedications to the cause. The pink gloves, shoes and pink trimmed
hats and other sports gear, and half-time presentations are intended to draw
much needed attention to the need to do something meaningful to find a cure for
this horrid disorder.
Like many things I write about, I offer a simple (but sadly unrealistic idea) on how that might become a reality. It is that if we took all the efforts throughout the world that are aimed at attacking an enemy that is based on geography, politics, nationality, religion, and other beliefs and aimed them at a different enemy—cancer, we might actually get there quicker.
The Internet had its roots in the military since it was originally intended as a worldwide communication tool exclusively for the military and its direction was completely changed by individuals who found a different and more widespread way to apply this tool. And yes, a lot of people made a lot of money along the way.
So what if the military started developing a tool aimed at curing cancer and the rest of the non-military world found a way to “hack” into that tool and come up with their own ideas on how to make that tool work for them. I think we wouldn’t begrudge them the money they would make. And breast cancer would be their first assignment, since there are several thousand other more deadly enemies out there than just on the battlefield.
Just a thought, and a pretty good one, in my opinion.