A submission by Prof. Nimsay.
What a world we live in.
We’ve got civil wars, nuclear bombs, racism, sexism, discrimination, greed and selfishness. Not to mention immense, irreversible pollution, global warming, wrecked environments, shattered ecosystems and innumerable extinct and endangered species. No, seriously, this is some planet we’re living on.
I got an Instagram account recently and discovered this account called @hotvocals. The profile says ‘singing and inspirational videos’. So I went to go look through them.
There were videos on kids in Syria. On kids who’d been sent to foster care because their parents are being deported. On refugee children who lived lives full of suffering and were separated from their families.
How can you do this to them? How can you make claims that we’re a civilised planet, that we’ve accomplished so much, that we can do so much, but yet we have rotten cores? We tear apart cities, but we build them again in advertisements. Everything seems so superficial.
We consider ourselves a comprehensive, advanced society, do we not? I mean, there are people who do so many things, and are successful and achieve so much. We have motivational speakers who jet around the world giving speeches about unity and peace and so on. We have presidents who make grandiose statements about what they promise to do.
And we have a five year old child in Syria, begging for a little water to drink.
Everywhere, people face so much difficulty. And there are so many who do nothing about it. Half the rich people in the world don’t bother about the staff they have. Why should they care? They aren’t expected to worry about the millions of starving refugees. But if they did, wouldn’t they be able to help so much? If they extended even a pinky finger of help, they’d be able to provide for so many people.
So why don’t they?
Unfortunately, this world is way too full of greed and selfishness. That’s why the whole thing started, didn’t it? Because people were too greedy to be content, and too selfish to settle things on their own. One of my favourite Calvin strips is this one where Calvin asks his dad how soldiers killing each other was supposed to solve the world’s problems. His dad doesn’t answer, just stares at Calvin for a while. In the last panel, Calvin says, “I think grownups just act like they know what they’re doing.” Now if that isn’t accuracy, what is?
What do we still have to fight for? What do we still have to blow up cities for? What do we still have to gun down women and children for? People just give obscure answers. Everyone has been so blinded, so manipulated that they don’t even question anymore. Why do soldiers need to fight and kill each other and lose their lives while taking away others? Why? Does anyone even have an answer anymore? Why can’t the leaders of armies, or world leaders, or anyone who is in conflict just hash it out with each other? Why must you involve so many people, make innocents suffer, throw an entire country into chaos and bear so many losses? Why are you doing that? It’s not the only way. And it’s not like charging at each other and blowing up everything and everyone is getting you anywhere, is it?
So many wars that are going on now are a result of people being selfish and stubborn and letting things get out of hand. And it’s ended up in constant riots and protests and deaths. For all the world leaders who propagated peace and unity, rubbish. You think sending ten year olds off to war and storming an innocent woman’s home is peace?
All the people who were unwillingly dragged into war do not deserve to live their lives in terror and suffering. They do not deserve to struggle for basic necessities. They do not deserve to lose their child when a boat capsizes. They do not deserve to lose everything they have. They don’t deserve to be put into this kind of situation. And this is why I think governments and world leaders are selfish, because they continue pulverising and destroying without caring for their citizens. They just go on bombing and blasting without a shred of concern for the consequences. And in the end, it’s the innocent people whirled into the fray who get hurt and lose the most.
What happened to humanity?
It takes a really heartless person to cause suffering to a child. Won’t it weigh on their conscience? Apparently not.
Give the children a chance. Give them the life they deserve. Don’t take it away.