The trip begins with a delay — a one-day Lufthansa pilots' strike that cancels my connecting flight to New Delhi and grounds me in Frankfurt, Germany.
Given the thousands of travelers who had to be booked onto other flights or put up in nearby hotels, I'm sure the strike met the pilots' objective of costing the airline a lot of money.
Still, it didn't do much to generate sympathy among those of us who were caught in the crossfire, including the beleaguered folks at the Lufthansa service desk who had to tend to all of us stranded travelers.
But isn't that always the way of war, affecting innocents? And how frequently our actions affect others, knowingly and unknowingly.
I made the most of the delay by getting a good night's sleep. But first I had an interesting dinner companion in a woman who is an FBI agent focusing on international white collar crime. It's her job to try and return the millions plundered from treasuries by despots to the people it was stolen from — without getting it siphoned off to bogus agencies, and thus effectively re-stolen, in the process.
We agreed that so much of the world's woes are caused by insatiable greed and the lust for power, and how those two unbecoming traits so often result in a complete callousness toward the suffering of our fellow human beings.
And I went to sleep wondering once again why it is that some of us are motivated to do good and some of us are driven to commit unspeakable evils.