What is it with this need to hate? People hating people because they are sick or disabled and need support; because they need help housing and feeding their family; because they have chosen here as a safe haven from war and tyranny; because their homes have been destroyed and they have asked for our help to find a place; because they can’t find work; because they dress differently; have different coloured skin; different accents; different sexual desires; different houses to pray to their god(s). How petty do these sound? .. say it ‘ I’m afraid of you because you pray in a mosque”; “I hate you because you like to wear women’s clothes” ; “I hate you a because you are too ill to work and have sought help”; ” I fear you because irrespective of the fact you were born here, three generations ago your ancestors came here from….”…. It’s takes a crazy and sad person to think like this.
If you want to be angry, be angry about the corporation that control supply and demand across the globe; be angry about a system that makes the wealthy wealthier but keeps the poor poorer; be angry about our political disregard for the longevity of our planets resources; about the millions of people starving, raped,beaten, mutilated ,murdered in corrupt regimes; about the misguided individuals with pathetic weak minds who follow radical extremism; about those who target the susceptible and innocent and abuse their trust, sex traffickers, slave traders etc.
Terrible atrocities happen across the globe on a daily basis. We as humans often ignore or don’t hear about the those horrific incidents outside of our own country. In light of the terrible happenings in Manchester this week a friend of mine wrote this:
I wanted to say something – and its so hard because everyone is hurting but I hope you get where I’m coming from if you read this – now is not the time for opinions on who or why – its not a time for division or conspiracy theories or even politics …..
….Humans are suffering every day at the hands of evil. Simple as. We are led to believe that we are separate. That somehow borders and seas and distance make us ‘different’. But love and compassion and humanity should recognise no such borders. I am not ‘British’ or ‘European’ or anything else. I AM TERRAN. I AM OF THIS EARTH.
ALL suffering hurts my heart.
ALL injustice makes my soul weep.
And so as I stand with Manchester 22.05.17 and I hold in my heart all those who are suffering and the 22 souls lost and the 50 plus injured and the people who have seen such terrible things I also stand with Deir ez-Zur 21.05.17 and the 15 lost and the 60 plus injured – most of whom were also women and children.
Baghdad – 20.05.17 – 35 killed, 45 injured.
Tuz Khurma. Maiduguri. Hamah. Mastung…
The list goes on.
I’ve not listed which countries these places are on purpose – because an innocent soul is an innocent soul and leaves a hole where once there was light.
Hold your loved ones tight. Love love love. Be kind. Be compassionate. Educate yourself. Help others on each and every occasion that you can.
I love all the light being sent to Manchester today…what power, what beauty.
Imagine if we could send out that wave each day to each person who needed it – how powerful we truly would become.
‘There is more that unites us than separates us’
Look at us all on that tiny sphere. So fragile and yet so very strong. Separateness is an illusion used to control us. I send love to my brothers and sisters all over this beautiful planet today and everyday
Andrew Burnham, Mayor of Manchester, quite rightly said that the “Manchester terrorist no more represents Muslims than Jo Cox’s killer represents white people”.
Ignorance and laziness cause people to condemn an entire race, religion or country because of the act of the odd nutter/extremist… this plays right into the hands of every extremist movement, creating fear, hate and intolerance within communities… we are all people of the Earth , we may elect to follow a religion (generally based on which country we were raised and what our parents believed), we may follow a cultural behaviours based on the same, but these evil behaviours are not the result of any religious scriptures or cultural behaviours, they are the behaviours of weak-minded, warped individuals with a twisted sense of reality and a total disregard for humanity… we must stand together, arm in arm with our neighbours, irrespective of their skin colour, their dress code, their age, their sexuality, their religious beliefs or their ancestry….
We must not let the media propaganda (media terrorism) warp our minds into believing their rhetoric… Everyone is an individual being of our earth.
My only faith is the one I hold for Humanity; that humans are predominantly compassionate and kind and that we can, as humankind, drive out this culture of intolerance and hate without resorting to vilification of entire groups … we must stand together and give of our hearts, share of our minds and support of our being…
I may not have the best words or the most articulate response, but as always, I speak straight from my heart and mind and these are the only words I can find for the horrendous atrocities of this week… and I speak not just of what happened in Manchester …
So what? The European elections are rapidly approaching. Voting cards have arrived for all those on the electoral roll. Some of us will have pinned these to our notice board or diarised the 22nd May so we don’t forget. Some will have torn up and binned the card. Some will have it lying around somewhere to be found at a later date and binned as the event has passed.
Why vote? Its Europe not local? Why Vote? They’re all the same. As bad as each other. Can’t trust any of them. They all spout the same bullshit. I only care about local issues.
I sense we are at an important crossroads in the UK, on the edge of a cliff, about to fall into a deep black depression, a turmoil that will have a direct and damaging effect on us, our children and generations to come. Sounds melodramatic. To be fair, I do have a tendency to be just that. However, I am scared. I’m scared by the apathy of the general public. Not to have views, but to be prepared to express them where they can count. I am scared about the unaccountability of our politicians; about the control outside forces have on our human rights and future. I’m scared about our increased tendency to accept that ‘of course they’re corrupt, they’re Politicians’.
We see time after time, across all parties, at all levels; fiddling of expenses; disproportionately high pay rises; over-ruling of independent adjudication; that American tendency to slag off the opposition rather than express ones own policies; distraction rather than solution; battling for power rather than better management. We seem to have lost our political way and with it diluted our consciences.
OK, politicians have always been power-hungry; have always created policies, in part, to win votes and drag you from their opposition. These days however, I can’t really say it’s about the policies at all – not in comparison with their need to win power. We used to know where the three main parties stood. Left, Right, slightly right of centre ;-). Now they have Spin Doctors from the American school of politics, making all debates and speeches about discrediting the alternatives. Always shying away from expressing clear and concise policies backed up with realistic solutions to deliver on them.
Until 1992 between 75% and 85% of the electorate had their vote. since 2001 its been 59-65%; we have a disengaged young voting population and a huge proportion who express no opinion. Many people believe they have no way of telling the politicians they have no faith in any of them. Many believe that this message should get across in the fact that they have not voted at all.
BUT NO VOTE IS NO VOICE.
It’s the European elections on 22nd May. If you don’t vote you don’t count.
But you can express a ‘disillusioned vote’ – by heading to the polling station and posting it without a cross at all, or spoiling your paper. It counts (I believe). THEY COUNT THE NUMBER OF SPOILED PAPER and BLANK PAPERS.
You might know nothing about Europe , not care at al,l but I promise you, EVERY SINGLE EXTREMIST whether they express any of your views or the exact opposite; WILL VOTE.
I believe we are on the edge of great and potentially cataclysmic change – whichever way the pendulum swings. I sense frustration in the masses, unrest in the young, I see greater and greater conflict in matters relating to state and church, relating to UK Governance and European involvement (or is it interference). I see so many cracks. I see so many incidents of lying, cheating, different rules for the powerful, across all parties at Westminster level. How can we trust, who should we choose, why should we vote?
I don’t know for sure why we should vote HOWEVER I am very sure about the consequences if we don’t. And for me that’s a good enough reason to go out there and either put a cross in a box, or register my disdain by posting a blank ballot paper. I know, if I don’t express something then the potential of slipping off that cliff into a black and scary future for me, my children, their children rests partly in my hands.
Melodramatic? Definitely. Unjustly so? I’m not so sure.
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