It’s a weird time to be here… sometimes I feel like I’m living in some sort of movie.
You see the terrible scenes of people running for their lives in Paris and then the knee jerk reaction of people’s fear on the internet and it all gets a bit scary. People you thought you knew expressing hard right wing views. I’ve seen on my Facebook timeline friends of mine discussing how they’ve had to remove their friends/followers because they’ve got this extreme right wing view point. I think this is a mistake! Ignoring the issue doesn’t make it go away. Leaving these people in exile with like-minded people only fuels the fire of ignorance, hatred and ,most of all, fear.
On the run up to World War II Nazi propaganda was used to create a fear by justifying military violence as self defence. We saw this as the German propaganda machine demonised the polish people before their invasion.
“Before the German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939, the Nazi regime launched an aggressive media campaign to build public support for a war that few Germans desired. To present the invasion as a morally justifiable, defensive action, the German press played up “Polish atrocities,” referring to real or alleged discrimination and physical violence directed against ethnic Germans residing in Poland. Deploring Polish “warmongering” and “chauvinism,” the press also attacked the British for encouraging war by promising to defend Poland in the event of German invasion.” – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A huge issue today is that we can spread misinformation to the masses via social media. It’s our own form of propaganda, finding pieces of information that help support our argument! Who cares if it’s accurate? It makes us look like social media argument kings. We don’t fact check. We just spew and regurgitate information our mates posted on their Facebook wall. This is as good as overhearing it in the Bar.
What we need to do is discuss and debate with each other. Educate each other. Governments need to put proper checks in place where these fleeing refugees are processed not turn them back into the sea. I’ve seen so many people on twitter etc… discuss how Europe is so stupid letting these people in, they deserve whatever happens. I can’t imagine how turning boats back with families in them is a solution to the problem. Not to mention that most of the people carrying out these attacks in Paris appear to have been born in Europe.
I can’t help but feel a bit sick at having brought a young child into this fucked up world… But then when I think about it, in the past 100+ years, we’ve had two world wars and a few Iraq wars to name but a few. The current situation is kind of down to us, it is our fault. We’ve passively let our Governments rule us not speak on behalf of us. We’ve not stood up as a united voice when we were going to war with Iraq and Afghanistan (some people did but not all of us) and this current Syrian war, which leaves so many innocents displaced and dead is directly linked to a dicision we ,as the western world, took (let happen).
Maybe the world has always been this fucked up! But social media has been able to showcase these atrocities.
I’m sorry to bring politics to my website, but I kinda feel like I need to talk about it. Let’s not let fear control us. Let’s not believe all the propoganda. Let’s look for the light.
Antoine Leiris wrote it perfectly on his Facebook page after loosing his wife to these horrible people:
“I saw her this morning. Finally, after nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as she was when she left on Friday evening, as beautiful as when I fell madly in love with her more than 12 years ago.
Of course I’m devasted with grief, I will give you that tiny victory, but this will be a short-term grief. I know that she will join us every day and that we will find each other again in a paradise of free souls which you will never have access to.
We are only two, my son and I, but we are more powerful than all the world’s armies. In any case, I have no more time to waste on you, I need to get back to Melvil who is waking up from his afternoon nap. He’s just 17 months old; he’ll eat his snack like every day, and then we’re going to play like we do every day; and every day of his life this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom. Because you don’t have his hatred either.”
Please don’t let fear win!
We can all be as strong as Antoine Leiris if only we allow ourselves to be. It’s times like this we need to stand together! We need to speak up for all atrocities that exist including those that constantly take place in Africa, Gaza, Ireland, UK & The USA etc… to name but a few. We’re all human, we all need compassion and we all need to know we’re together in this. We’re all scared, but together we are strong! We need community! I believe that’s where it all starts, If we can get together in our work places, in our community etc… we can actively change things!
Sorry maybe this is a bit of a rant!
I should be talking about what a great time I had playing in the Netherlands but yeah… It’s a weird time to be here!