Has The World Gone Mad? A Personal Call for Peace and understanding.

I am a lightweight when it comes to politics and rarely comment on the happenings in the world. I want love and peace to break out wherever it can.

The last few weeks has been a roller coaster with the upheaval in politics in the UK and the disastrous terror attacks that are occurring all over the place.

It is easy to think that it is better to stay out of it and ignore what is going on. Keep ourselves to ourselves and it might go away. No, it won’t.

We need to make extra efforts to consider our fellow human beings and try and make life good for each other. We need to accept that one’s political views, religious views, colour or gender, (or any other tenuous parameter),  does not make a person second class or sub human.

I work in a very multicultural environment. I like it and welcome it. What I have observed is that people can be kind, stupid, mean or generous, wherever they come from; whoever they are.

And just in case you want to get that bandwagon to get rid of Muslims, Eastern Europeans, Africans etc. Don’t think that one day someone might be trying to get rid of you based on your disability, poverty, background or religion.

I am reminded of that quotation by Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

It may seem that I am being a bit dramatic, and maybe I am. Just look though at how certain politicians, UK and US never mind the rest of the world are picking on groups of people, whipping up negative feelings and emotions to gain power for themselves, wanting to ban them entering their countries, wanting to ‘send them home’, wanting to build walls where they should not be.

If you recognise this do your part and speak up and against this sort of rhetoric. Talk positively of all the things that multiculturalism can bring. Look at your fellow human being as an individual not an object of hate. Find out the facts before you decide that someone has no right to be where they are in the world.

I for one would hate to see us divided against the bigger threats of international terrorism, big crime and poverty and cruelty.


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