When I hear , see, or read, the news in the UK about how appallingly the elderly, the disabled and the young are treated by the ‘care’ system here, about mass child abuse and rape in children’s homes, about the endemic corruption in government, finance, the press and the police, about the grotesque inequalities of wealth in this society and across the planet, how trade imbalances are perpetuated to the point of famine, about how this planet’s resources and environment are being squandered and despoiled, when blatant injustices, atrocities, are carried out, often commited in ‘our’ name, against wholly innocent people, when war is waged under the pretext of bringing peace…Everybody knows all of this, it is totally public knowledge, and yet…
I wonder just how innocent all of us really are…‘It’s not me, it’s them’, ‘I voted for them but never expected them to do that’, ‘It doesn’t affect me so it’s not my problem’, ‘the news is so depressing, I never watch it’, ‘ I deserve it’, ‘I don’t care’ , ‘I elected them to take care of all that’, ‘I do as I’m told’, ‘I’m only following orders’, ‘as long as I’m alright’ …etc, etc.
I remember a friend of mine, a driver, when she moaned about how bad the traffic was, until I said ‘but you are the traffic’…
Long forgotten is the fact that we are one species on a small smudge of a finite planet, absolutely inter-related, genetically and socially- that essentially we are all brothers and sisters, (which sounds like hippy shit, but is nonetheless true) but the ‘family of man’ insists on its dysfunctionality, is proud of it, so we’ll decieve, exploit, rape, torture, con, abuse and bash each others heads in, all so that we can get a competitive edge over the ‘other’ so we can have our little material utopia in the middle of hell, and the devil take the hindmost. All the rest is mere whining.
We’re all responsible, responsible for letting the bad fuckers get away with it, for giving away our power to tiny minorities of practiced liars and greedy manipulators, who we hope will make it all better, ‘reform’ the system, that after this election, or after this enquiry, or this report, things will improve- but they never do, they just keep getting worse or staying the same, whether it is child poverty, pollution, climate change, inequality, low pay, prison, housing, landmines and countless other issues that are actually inherant in the political economy we live under and reproduce.
…and that includes me- not that I’m racked with guilt, no, I’ve done plenty to try to alleviate, or end some of the world’s ills. No, what I feel is more like disgust- for my own species, as our ‘owners’ engineer our collective moral, economic, environmental and social destruction. Will we let either them, or ourselves, ‘burn the (global) village in order to save it’?
‘Liberty is the crime that contains all other crimes’
D.A.F de Sade
THE RICH ARE OUR MISFORTUNE.