The more you refuse to hear my voice
Today’s post is about an old topic, as old as time. Music is from Labi Siffre who I admire and is, probably, his best known song ever. Copyright is not owned by me and video is courtesy of YouTube. Apologies if it is not available where you are reading this.
Since the beginning of time man has been fighting, for survival, to increase land occupied, or just because he doesn’t like the other person. We read about people being taken as slaves as their lands were occupied by stronger forces. This has been happening for millenia, but isn’t it about time we changed the behaviour of the past for the benefit of everyone?
In the past we were all barbarians, from the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Romans. Civilisation has come on in leaps and bounds in the last 100 years (although 100 years ago we were in between two World Wars both of which were fought for, or against, opposing doctrines and caused a lot of young people their lives.
Today, we have come on so far that there is no longer the need for war, we can sit and talk with our peers round a table. Arms should be used as a last resort where, in the past, they were used as a first resort we have moved on as a species and the planet now needs everyone to work together. We are all human beings and have the same rights. If we can recognise this fact and work out peaceful solutions to avoid conflicts then surely we should be doing that?
If we can work together to find compromises everyone can live with, isn’t that better than going to war to force our will on others? If we can live peacefully wherever we are, whatever our own personal belief, religion or gender, shouldn’t we be able to live anywhere peacefully? Instead of closing doors and borders, shouldn’t we be looking for ways to open doors and borders so that those displaced by war, famine, act of god or any other reason can find somewhere safe to live?
We are all human but if we lose our humanity, which is happening all over the planet now, doesn’t that make us no better than those barbarians we thought (and should have) been left behind? Can we become better citizens by leaving our humanity at the door? Don’t we owe it to our fellow travellers that we do whatever we can to minimise the suffering which is everywhere? Shouldn’t we offer assistance where we can to others in danger of losing their lives? In the UK we see scenes of starving children, people with no access to clean water, animals being abused and other scenes which go against our very nature. The reason for this is to ask us to part with our hard earned money to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Charity should begin at home and so many countries these days have locked their doors because of the actions of the few against the interests of the many. If we all work together by putting others needs at the forefront of everything we do, ensuring our politicians will also do what is needed to make lives easier for those currently suffering, won’t that make our world better? Can we ignore the wars which keep displacing people from their homes and, instead of vilifying them, welcome them to our neighbourhoods with open arms and a willingness to allow them to work, earn money and pay taxes?
Can we do this because they are human without looking at their religion, skin colour, gender, sexual preference or anything else which makes them different from ourselves. We are all unique and we now know more than we did 20, or even 15 years ago. There are several ways we can progress from here, we can revert back to type and learn nothing from the past or we can work together to make the world a better and safer place for everyone.
I see people everywhere going through so much, living their lives and getting to where they are going. No one has time any more to stop and smell the roses, if we were to take time to look around once in a while would we like what we see in our neighbourhoods? I know there are good neighbourhoods and bad ones, everywhere you go. If we can make a difference to someone’s life by doing something kind without going too far out of the way should we do nothing?