This world did not get to where it is by swapping recipes or dancing hand-in-hand around the maypole. There are forces at war in every day, every country, every man. The sooner people realise that Shiva is alive and well, the better. What does war mean in 2013? It does not mean the same as war in 1939. No. It does not mean the same as Hiroshima. Nagasaki. War in 2013 means suggesting to aggressors that theirs’ is not a wise tack to take. Is it not an act of humanity, striking against what is wrong? There is not one American, or one British person, or in fact any educated person on this planet that would accept their entire town or city being murdered in their sleep by the government. Not one. Why should the Syrians stand for it? Who are they supposed to ask for help, if not the West? That puts the West in an awkward position. Do you pretend that what happened – is happening – in the Middle East is acceptable? Or do you condemn the massacre of innocent civilians with force? It depends on what language the murderers understand. If President Obama strikes against Syria, remember that he is not trying to take over the world. He is not doing a Hitler. He is authorising his military to protect the people of Syria. That this action would have widespread ramifications is clearly understood. I think everybody understands that it is not just Syria and America in the picture here. There will be retaliation and others will be drawn into the fray. Does that count as collateral damage? I wonder.
Let us not pretend there has ever been peace on this planet. There never has. What can we do about that? We can work towards it – the same way generations before us have been working towards it. It would seem that there is a permanent hitch with Israel and Palestine. They love this war-business. They should accept that their protracted battle over a piece of the EARTH is the work of fanaticism. It is holy land? Well then stop warring on it, over it. Respect its holiness. Give the Palestinians a place to become who they are, please Israel. Show your bigger heart. It means a dent to your pride, perhaps, but that is not the worst thing in the world. The amount of hatred directed at the Jews – for whatever reason anti-semites hate Jews these days – builds for them their fate. Do you not realise that hate rolls around, and around, and around? Someone, somewhere has to give ground. I don’t see where the Palestinians can go if Israel takes the land from under their feet. Must they now wander in the desert for 40 years? China, also, should stop stealing borders. They do not own the planet, they should be a lot more respectful towards it.
You cannot say that bombing Syria is like killing Syrians to stop Syrians killing Syrians. That is not what happened – is happening. That is overly simplistic and it is rubbish, besides. Is bombing Syria perhaps a necessary protest, a stepping-stone in the bigger picture? Think about it. When do you stand up and say no? When enough, is enough. Where is humanity if the Syrian government can kill its people with impunity whilst the rest of the world stands by and watches? I wonder.
In some cultures, respect is an intrinsic part of an everyday. It permeates every action, word, deed. Other cultures cannot spell the word. I think this imbalance is having a major impact on the stability of our world. Respect is taught to children. It is taught, it is not inherited. As is accountability. You show respect in order to teach respect. Particularly to children. Are you aware that by the age of three a child has developed a significant part of its moral make-up? It learns from what it sees. By three, a child’s values are established and it has garnered important life skills that will assist or hinder it on its journey to adulthood. That means children are to be treated with care. Some cultures currently do not understand this. Try to remember that the world you promote to a child is the world they will believe exists. It is not easy to change early impressions.
Every child that is abused or exploited is a child destroyed. Every childhood destroyed, is sacrilege. The value of the purity contained in the true experience of growing up should not be overlooked. The value of proper nurturing by parents should not be overlooked, either. The true experience for a child is about preserving the innocence for as long as you can. Importantly, preserving innocence is never about lying to a child. It is about protecting a child from the adult content of our world.
It is a serious failing that we have as many broken children on this planet as we do. Too many children have seen too much, too soon. For the particular crime of child abuse (emotional, physical, circumstantial or spiritual) – for it is a crime against Nature to damage a child – there is no absolution. Your karma and your end of days will teach you just how frowned upon cruelty to children is. Remember that in our time a childhood is short. That is how it is. Life moves quickly for us all. I see a problem in that there are no halcyon days for a great many children in this world of ours. In a world as adept as this we should not allow our governments to sidestep this issue. They must allocate more funding to social services. They must train more social workers and pay them properly to do the jobs that can make a difference to a child’s life. The world needs more volunteers who wish to heal hurt children. The warring nations of this world need to take accountability for destroying their own children with their pointless vendettas and stop blaming peacemakers for their lost youth. To teach hatred to a child is child abuse. Israel should think about that. Hamas should think about that. Syria should take note and Osama bin Laden’s lost followers should stop brainwashing themselves and martyring innocents.
I think the global community must be more concerned about what is going on in its front garden. A childhood can never be reclaimed. As such, each one should be treasured by the adults – us – for the sake of the small person who is learning its way in our big world and for the sake of the adult that that child will become. It is simple. If respect is not shown for you, for your innocence as a child, you will find it difficult as an adult to reconcile respect for yourself with an everyday. You will learn how to disrespect your inner child as an adult and this has dire consequences.
Assess yourself. Recognise that the wounded child in you demands respect. And yes, we all have one. If you missed a childhood or were not taught respect when you were younger then teach yourselves what it is now. Do this by watching others respect you. If others do not respect you, it is because they have seen no reason to do so. That is often hard to accept. If you care, accept it and give them reason. If you do not care, you are on the wrong planet. You will feel better for some respect. Perhaps it is most important to remember that it is necessary to nurture respect in yourself and others because it is fundamental to love. And without love, we cannot fix the broken children, or adults, in this world. The responsibility is ours.
I think Alice is still wandering around Wonderland. I don’t think she ever resurfaced. When faced with the choice of returning to this world as it is, she said, ‘No thanks very much, I think I’ll pass.’ She’s busy in an Underworld we see only in our dreams.
I wonder why there is no global body that can say ‘no’ to unacceptable happenings. Why is there not a resounding universal ‘no’ when it comes to rhino poaching, for instance? Why don’t governments stand for what is right these days? I think people need to remove political correctness from their agendas. This world needs a shake up. Syria needs peace. Gaza – is Gaza. People need to stop squabbling over land and let go of fighting for the honour of their past ‘heroes’. Who says anything ‘belongs’ to anyone in the first place? Like the way man will rape Nature’s resources and disrespect her convention. Or make rules for outer space. Space etiquette is more important than behaving like a reasonable human being on terra firma. I wonder some days just who we think we are on this planet.
I trust people with experience. I love learning, and being taught. I think we are all learning, all the time. It is a constant. As is change. To resist change is not brave. Change is what keeps the flow in this world, going. The richest languages are those evolving all the time, those in a state of flux. The same applies to people.