IS THIS THE WORLD WE CREATED?
Lyrics by: Freddie Mercury, Brian May
my time will come, but like with Ferrari, only God knows whenĒ.
I was reading different books about Ayrton Senna, I came across the assumption
that he had an inexplicable effect mostly on women "of all age, culture and
nationality". This was written by Christopher Hilton who received piles of
letters, and all of them from women, after publishing his first book about
Ayrton (while Ayrton was still alive).
wouldnít agree with this opinion. The values which Ayrton presented make the
very essence of life and many people unconsciously felt it and that was the
reason he was so adored in the range which was extremely wide: the old and the
young loved him, men, women and children all loved him comparably. As to women,
they only had an advantage over men because they had more possibilities to
loudly express their feelings. For men outside the limiting world of sport there
arenít many ways to show what they really feel. Women can do that, they are
anyhow considered inferior in this civilization where only menís principle is
taken as a foundation and "sentimentality" isnít appreciated very
much. Because of this inequality in the essence the balance is thrown into
disorder and this whole world is dangerously tilting as we all witness. And
Ayrton, who had balanced soul structure and to whom a sight at the devastated
face of this world caused so much pain in his heart was aware of this too.
Inequalities of any sort perturbed his spiritual peace, and one of the biggest
inequalities is most certainly the poverty of the larger part of
go on like this",
he was forced to say although he knew that he was almost helpless alone like he
was. "The wealthy can no longer
continue to live on an island in a sea of poverty. We are all breathing the same
air. People have to have a chance, a basic chance at least. A chance of
education, nutrition, medical care. If this does not begin to happen then there
is little hope for the future and little wonder that the problems become greater
and that violence arises."
he also said: "All I can see is that
conditions for the vast majority of Brazilian people are getting worse and that
is virtually impossible to work against that trend. It touches me deeply and
worries me considerably."
he was still persistently working against that trend and thatís why the
spiritual aspect of Ayrtonís activity isnít the only one because his actions
in this world were also entirely concrete and material. What do you think he did
after the tiresome summer season in Europe had finished? He returned home to
see children on the streets who are barely surviving, you realize that you have
to do something, but youíre never going to be able to change the whole world
on your own. But you can make your own contribution to changing the part of it.
What I do to combat poverty Iíll never say. F-1 is nothing compared to this
Now, after his death, some things are yet known. While he was still alive he managed to finish one of his projects which could be named a dream come true. He initiated publishing comics for youngsters called "SENNINHA". This comic book is his visible inheritance, something like physical extension of his life. And why did he choose a comic book as a way of communication, because he could have chosen some of the most modern media, but yet he chose this one, which can seem maybe a bit old fashioned? But Ayrton knew that a comic book you hold in your hand can be like your best friend, that you arenít alone with it. You can read it anywhere, it is with you all the time, within your reach, you can keep it and read it again after some time - it is permanent and loyal. And what is very important, you alone relive the characters in your fantasy and live with them, it isnít like TV where already made, foreign ideas and pictures are pushed into your mind by force. TV is in fact a very dangerous medium especially in the hands of unconscientious people. And then, there is that very important fact that comic books can be read by everyone, even those who donít have TVs or videos, satellite dishes or internets. Those were the ones Ayrton had thought about the most and therefore he decided for the comic strip, and except this he knew that comics are mainly read by young people. They were the ones to whom Ayrton wanted to give an example of something positive because he knew that if children were deprived of proper upbringing every effort taken later would be in vain. He constantly pointed out how upbringing is very important and, through his comic strip, he tried to act in that direction. He was able to educate positively with his very name which was known to everybody as well as the values behind that name.
"Senninha" I would like to communicate something of my own values that
are important to me: ethics, friendship, healthy lifestyle, environmental
awareness - and also simple things like correct behavior in traffic", this
is how Senna described what he wanted to achieve by publishing the comic book.
character of Senninha was imagined progressively "because Senninha adores modern technology but is nevertheless
committed to preserving moral and emotional values which are more and more often
forgotten in our society", emphasized Senna.
to those values Ayrton developed through his life such a strong and qualitative
human and sportís personality and earned such a huge popularity that great
sums of money have been collected by selling his image and name. And this money
is used for charity. One thing arose from the other and now continues to live
its inception in 1995 the Ayrton Senna Foundation has developed and supported
programs which help more than 40,000 children and adolescents who would
otherwise be in social and/or personal risk (information taken from official
brochure of "Ayrton Senna Foundation" which is presided over by
Ayrtonís sister Viviane.)
we look at work of Ayrton Senna, we cannot but admire the exceptional quality of
this man who had a restless soul like all those people who donít like the face
of this world. One Jewish legend says that in every generation there are 36
rightful men whose existence guarantees the survival of human kind. Doesnít it
impose upon you that Ayrton Senna might be one of them? Or according to Daniel
Quinnís "Ishmael", we immediately recognise Ayrton as the Leaver (which
are unfortunately so rare) and not as a Taker.
Looking from this aspect we can also comprehend why he had to die so young and so alone. Because, if there were at least two of his kind uniting their forces they would be able to substantially change the face of this planet. Jesus told us about it: "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Thatís why the real prince of this world is very careful about something like this to happen and too often the destiny of really exceptional people is to die when theyíre very young and often in a very cruel way, perhaps to frighten in advance all those who might try to follow them on their difficult journey.
donít know the ways of fate nor can I foresee the future but I am certain of
one thing: nothing can erase Ayrton Senna from the souls of those people who
treasure his image and his work "on the left side of their breast."
They are the guarantee that his time has come and will last.
This is how Ayrton was joking three days before his death in an interview
for the Croatian TV.
Daniel Quinn, "Ishmael - An Adventure of Mind and Spirit".
The devil is the real prince of this world - Ayrton once said.
"A friend is something that one should treasure on left side of oneís breast."