AS I SEE IT: Time to make a stand!

imagesIvan Turgenev once said “If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”

After witnessing the horrendous events of the past weeks, I have decided to pen some thoughts.. We are lucky, we live in a pretty civilized world, where not much happens to us. We read, watch and speak to others about the atrocities taking place many thousands of miles from “home” and always at the end of the conversation, news clip or article we might have read, we just say to ourselves…”Hmmm sad, how sad, must really do something about that”
We never do!! I’m as guilty as the next person…I read, watch, think about all the injustice that is taking place and have, probably like most, a rather blaze’ attitude.
At times, this is born out of sheer frustration, knowing and thinking there is nothing I can do… Wrong!!! there IS something I can do. I’m going about it as I write..
Talking with some people after the recent events in Africa, the massacre not one person wants to talk about, I have decided to open this blog as a forum for you to post your thoughts. We all have many angry processes going on trying to deal with the injustice taking place. It’s a tragic event when 17 people are murdered at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, and the recent events in Sydney’s Martin Place…but… what about the children massacred in Pakistan and the killings in Africa?…Just a fleeting line or two. So, after a bit of contemplation and some discussion, I have decided to post this to my site and allow open and honest debate…What can I do…how can I make a difference?
I guess something that is a bit of a bother is the attitude that I hear in this country far far too often.. “It’s my country why don’t ya just fuck off!!”
I’m going out on a limb here and in my opinion, “As I See it,” I have never come across so much hatred and racism as I have here in Queensland. It truly astounds me the way people are treated.. New Zealanders rate lower that people from 3rd world countries.. Yes, this weekend is a long weekend as Monday is Australia Day.. What does it actually mean to the average Australian…Just another day off I suspect?.. How many Australians know the true meaning of Australia Day and how many actually care about the Indigenous People of this land?
Sadly, most Australians celebrate Australia Day just as another excuse to drink more booze and have a barbie…but, as I said, how many actually really care about its true meaning… as the day Australia was founded.
In contrast, Aboriginal people mourn their history and call it “Invasion Day”. So, here’s a little history lesson…
January 26, 1788 was the date on which Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and raised the British flag for the first time in Sydney Cove. In the early 1880s the day was known as ‘First Landing’, ‘Anniversary Day’ or ‘Foundation Day’.
In 1946 the Commonwealth and state governments agreed to unify the celebrations on January 26 and call it ‘Australia Day’. The day became a public holiday in 1818 (its 30th anniversary). Aboriginal people refused to participate in the re-enactment because it included chasing away a party of Aboriginal people (which, by the way, had been carted to this event against their will).
Just a small example of the history of Australia Day.. Outside of this nation who gives a monkeys? Who really cares what happened.. Here in lies the problem..I care, I am a lone voice in this vast social wilderness. I now want to stand up and to be heard.. Many many other people are saying the same thing. (I use Australia Day as a prime example) Just watch John Pilgers “Utopia” or read Royce Kurmelovs compelling report “Australia stands with its Muslims after siege” (about the seige in Sydneys Martin Place..)
Sadly, once again it is all too much for the average person to comprehend. Yes for sure it is read, even digested and no doubt talked about, but just as quickly forgotten. then this happened..
Al-Shabab fighters from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya’s north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said. It continued to worsen.. Boko Haram fighters killed at least 59 people as they slept in an attack on a boarding school in Nigeria’s troubled northeast, police said.
The attackers reportedly targeted only male students and “spared” girls at the Federal Government College in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state, which teaches pupils aged 11 to 18.(source Al Jazeera)
Then we read and watched the story unfold about the one hundred and thirty-two children that were massacred in Peshawar on what’s being termed one of the darkest days in Pakistan’s history. These are gruesome and brazen acts, (wrote Mirza Waheed, another Al Jazeera journalist) of mass murder carried out by men who speak proudly of the death tolls they score. There was a fleeting mention of this and that was it!!
Nothing more shocking has occurred in recent history. We ought to be more shocked, repulsed, than we are, so that those who can do something about it will do so!
This is the reason I am writing this article..
Hopefully it might just prick at your heart and conscience and spearhead a response…Remember, the pen is mightier than the Sword!!
As Ivan Turgenev said over 100 years ago…
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.”

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