It’s a bit of a wobbly and shouty world at the moment

Like most writers I’m continually looking around me to see what’s happening in the world and wondering what elements might be used in the work I am currently writing.   I think that at the moment this world of ours is somewhat ‘wobbly’, (a robust technical term for which I give no apology.)  We have wobbles, (that term again), in a host of geographical areas; the UK (political), the US (political / guns / racism), Europe (political / terrorism / asymmetric warfare), as well as the Far East (political power plays – China flexing its muscles and causing concern to their neighbours), the Middle East, (too much, too complex for this blog.)  Interestingly, a common driver for much of the rage felt in the above is inequality in all its various forms…

Everywhere just seems angry and ‘shouty’.  Not a good feeling for many.  Not a good feeling at all.  I think, sometimes, that if I used some of what’s happening, my readers would consider it beyond fanciful.  Isn’t it unfortunate that it is not?  So, what can we do?  For a start, we can try to stop buying into the use of threats and force.  They invariably have a cost and, again invariably, they have a tendency to fail in both the medium and long term.  

Catastrophically.  

We also need to reclaim our humanity, our common humanity, from those who gain financially and politically from creating a world where we ignore it.

Unfortunately, that’s where we have another problem.  Our 24 hour media and those who control it, the politicians who are subject to their influence, social media, all impact on our perceptions.  The world is going to hell in a hand basket we are told.  Actually it’s not.  It’s going to hell in a hand basket because of the (put your own racial, religious, gender, political stereotype in here).  Again, actually it’s not.  There are too many stories of people’s bravery and compassion for this to be allowed to remain the dominant image of our world.  I’ve written before about the humanity that I see around me / us and which is ignored.  Keep in mind, bad news sells.  

So, to my fellow human beings, we need to remain optimistic and not allow others to take away our belief in the decency and compassion of others  A tad difficult since, at the moment, the wobbly and shouty bit of our world is rather loud.  We need to do what we can to un-wobble and mute them by not allowing their inchoate and self interested view of our world to become ours.  

 

J J Mitchell

‘Never leave anyone behind…’

2 thoughts on “It’s a bit of a wobbly and shouty world at the moment

  • 30th August 2016 at 7:39 pm
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    Sir, With all due respect, I simply do not understand why the right of a people to keep and bear arms continues to be such a continuing source of antagonism and despair for those outside my country. Simply stated, our founding fathers simply highlighted the right to protect ones rights as given by god – not man. This in no way precludes those who defend this right to violence, until such a time as a man attempts to remove that right by force. I suspect, that if those militant looking guards at the Rio Olympics had a populous who were equally as intimidating, the situation would be in a greater degree of equilibrium. Were that the case in countries other than my own, I suspect the use of such intimidating posture would be reduced exponentially, as the government(s) would have the hairs of fear standing upon the back of their neck (or at least the hairs of uncertainty).

    Just because I, and two hundred million of my fellow citizens, own a weapon of equal lethality, does not in any way indicate that I intend to use it. It does however indicate that you will have to be darn sure your intent is honest, upright and transparent, as we are, if nothing else, on somewhat equal ground in terms of force/resistance. Should you (the government or criminal – interesting juxtaposition there…) decide to impart pain or injustice, it will be returned. Equality, in the face of a tyrannical government or criminal element must also require equality of force, not simply intelligent words. I believe your glorious county has had a bit of experience in this matter (cue picture of paper being waved in the air with the announcement of peace). I personally believe that the wobble we feel today pails in comparison to that of which our grandparents found themselves. Today, most simply can not relate to the reality of loosing ones life, country and continent. That being said, the inability to discuss, without the intimidation of political correctness, issues contaminating our world is a continuing and detrimental source of frustration and explosive upheaval we see today.

    The world and even my country are ‘wobbly’ (mine is founded on a principal of ‘wobbly’, as all have the right to speak – or at least we used to), not due to the expression of voices, but by the repression of such voices. Those who are not allowed to discuss, due to irrational limitations on words and speech, become frustrated and sometimes militant. This, I believe is one of the many costs of freedom, i.e. having once been able to speak, and now lauded by choice, or outright banned, words, as opposed to message, is the significant source of the current imbalance. One can, I suppose blame the media, or politicians which are agreeable or not, but the root of this wobbly tree, founded deeply within the soil of our civilization, is being starved of a fundamental nutrient of free thought – individual responsibility.

    Liberty has a cost, and it must be paid, in full, by me.

    At least, thats the way I see it…

    God bless you sir, you continually exceed every expectation I have of you. Your fearless expose of your thoughts and ideas, with honest and straightforward approach, are both compelling and enlightening. Thank you for continually sharing them.

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  • 30th August 2016 at 8:03 pm
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    As always, an extremely articulate, erudite and well argued comment. I would expect nothing else. I am also looking forward to reading some of your other material. I know, I just know, that it will be equally fascinating. This was good to read, thank you. I hope you, and others you can share my posts with, will subscribe to my blog.

    I so like this kind of communication. Thank you, Jeffrey. Top man.

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