Forget France. Yes that’s right, I’m saying it…you know what, while we’re having this conversation, forget the U.S. also. While we’re at it, forget India, Russia, Mexico, Iraq, and Ireland…forget them all.
I know what you’re thinking, “What kind of cold hearted S.O.B. says something like this?!”
The hashtag #PrayForParis is making the rounds after the latest terror attack, and it’s sad that these incidents happen. When 9/11 happened, we (Americans) received lots of support from our allies (and “enemies” alike). So what? What did that mean? What does changing your profile picture to a French flag solve? What does tweeting #PrayForParis do? How are we resolving issues like racism, terror, poverty with hashtags and profile pictures?
IS (Islamic State), ISIS, ISIL, whatever you want to call them isn’t “ISIS”. They’re a representation of evil, selfishness, and intolerance…but they’re effective because they take a universal approach to their mission, “Do, or do not, there is no try”. This is terrorism, an ideology put into practice, and you know what, it works great. It puts people on edge, moves armies, and removes the freedoms of people. It also has an advantage..it doesn’t abide by rules, it doesn’t abide by laws, and it doesn’t follow any conventions….and it works.
But we do.
Americans follow the laws of the United States, Canadians with Canadian laws, and the Japanese with the laws of Japan. We’ve try to regulate this with the U.N. and other organizations and have participating countries follow universal “rules”. We forget one simple fact, we’re all humans. There is not one person among us that is “better” than the other. All men truly ARE created equal, we bleed the same, however we try to force them into groups…Caucasian, Chinese, African American, Irish….but who cares? We don’t take care of our own, we take care of our “titled” own. Our American, our Koreans, we don’t take care of our human brothers and sisters. If we want to really, truly, stop terrorism, we need to put aside our differences, we need to remove our borders, we need to put aside giving 1 or 200 men (Presidents/Congresses) power over the millions of others, over the food that we have, over our energies, and our lands.
So yeah, forget France, forget Ireland, forget the U.S. We need to focus on humanity…The only want to resolve this is to take care of each other with an understanding of value in people, not currency. With the understanding that your neighbor needs help, you provide it, not withhold that and only provide it if they repay you. The understanding that you need to respect a person for being an entity on this Earth and not ask that they obey you because you have “more” then they do.
Everyone wants Love, Understanding, and Compassion, but no one wants to focus on those things. As long as well have Americans trying to keep out Mexicans, and Koreans fighting each other, Iraqis fighting each other for possessions, for religion, for “titles” then we’ll continue to have these problems. We need to have the human race represented, and let human rights run their course.
PS: After I wrote this post there’s an excellent opinion piece by an Australian news anchor, I highly suggest you give it a watch.