Thursday, 23 October 2008
WHOSE WORLD?.... NOT OURS!
I've been thinking about the bigger picture related to my last post for the last couple of hours based on the comment that Absolute Vanilla left me. She talked about the need to accept similarities, rather than differences between people. We all only have one life, we are alive at the same time as millions of others we should surely be working together for the greater good in this global village, than destroying ourselves and the planet.
Added to that Val another blogger is waiting in Africa for the rain to fall.
Angela her friend earns money from some teaching in Germany and sends it to Val who takes it to help build and run a school in Mozambique. She lives, I think, in Botswana.
Greg Mortenson, he of the book Three Cups of Tea, is raising funds in America to build schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mother Teresa came from Eastern Europe and devoted herself to establishing the Sisters of Mercy in Calcutta.
The world over there are fantastic people who care enough to put themselves out of their comfort zones to help their fellow man.
I feel humbled by such acts of kindness and generosity of the soul.
Surely now in this time of crisis on the planet, whether related to the weather or to finances, we should be starting to care more for our fellow man.
Can any of us really say why one group of people, based on their colour or religion should be frightening to another person.
Obviously, I understand that anyone with very extreme views is difficult to cope with when they are saying their way is the only way, whatever point of view they are expressing
But other than them, surely we should live and let live. More wars are fought under the flag of religion than for any other reason.... Why? What gives anyone group the right to believe they are right in their beliefs than any other group. And I understand this personally as my Mother was an Irish Catholic and she was excommunicated by the Church for marrying my Father who was an English Protestant.
I believe that we all have the right to choose to be the people we want to be, but only within the confines of letting others believe what they want to believe.
I am not frightened, I don't think of any type of person on this planet. I am scared of gangs of youths when they are drunk, as they are more likely to be out of control.
I am scared by fanatics of any description. I would not deny them the right to have those views, just as long as they don't tell me how to live my life based on their views being the right ones.
We live in troubled times on this earth all of us, and in some places it is worse than others. So we may in the West be frightened of how we're going to make ends meet. But by and large we can put food on our tables, the people of Zimbabwe, can't do that anymore. Admittedly it is a man made crisis happening there, but the people didn't ask for it. They had it done to them.
The rains, so desperately needed in Botswana need to come before the animals and people start to die of dehydration. In Pakistan and India the floods have devastated huge areas of land and killed hundreds of people. And those that are left are dying of typhoid and dysentery because of filthy water.
And on and on, the world over. Each crisis as it hits an area affects that place. Nowhere is safe, there are just degrees of pain.
I don't think I've ever had so many letters from charities as this year, begging me for my support. And I do support them, to what extent is between me and them. But I have to make choices about how much I give and to whom, as I can't give to all. And I feel bad every time I ignore another envelope.
The banks with their chaos of the moment, why did that happen and in America of all places, land of the free. Seems to me that it's the land of the free as long as you don't live near New Orleans, for example. How the worlds only superpower can justify how the poor in America live is another thing beyond me.
It's time it all stopped, the greed and power for a few and the deprivation of many.
We are destroying our world, and it's not ours to destroy, it is the legacy we are leaving our children and theirs, but what will they inherit?
BTW I didn't take this picture!