A World in chaos, and I’m loving it!

Its been a tumultuous week, both in my personal life, as well as globally.

Let’s see, the Arab Spring has now made its way to Turkey, and the past three weeks have been marked by massive protests. And just like any massive protests, the government is fighting back with force. The latest in riot police brutalities in Istanbul involve the use of a water canon (read about it here).

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Fashion Statement and Political Statement all in one!

Then there is Brazil. Millions upon millions took to the streets in various cities throughout the very large country to protest the widespread corruption that the media has been uncovering of late. A ten cent hike in public transit, which sparked a small protest, that ended violently, was all it took to rattle an entire country. (read more about it, and watch some videos here).

These aren’t two separate cases. These may be two separate countries with very different issues, but the main problem, the core of all these protests, is a very global problem. People are slowly starting to wake up and realize that they have NO POWER, NO CONTROL over their own lives. Democracy is a joke, and the only people benefiting the policies that run the country are the powerfully rich and elite.

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Turkish Protesters supporting Brazil. Sign reads: “Resist, Brazil, For we are together in this fight!”

Its not that different here in Canada. We are currently investigating a huge case in the cancellation of gas plant contracts that cost our province $585 million in tax payer revenue. And just this week, the same provincial government decided to short fall the city of Toronto, cancelling about $150 million dollars over 3 years that the city was counting on for its budget. This means a cut in services, and possibly increases in taxes. Seems our politicians screw up, shred and delete the evidence, then make the people pay.

So, here’s my question: Where are our protesters? Where is our movement of the people? Where are the angry poverty stricken people who are fed up of carrying the brunt of these issues on their own backs?

I was talking to someone just yesterday about all this, and I told him: “sometimes I feel completely surrounded by blithering idiots that don’t care. Like I’m alone in a sea of stupidity and immorality.”
I saw the light bulb go on in his brain before he even said “I know exactly how you feel, I feel that way too!”

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…Blackittycat27 is not impressed!

I am JEALOUS of Brazil and Turkey, at how there are enough people who are willing to come together and stand up for what’s right, to actually SPEAK UP! I don’t know what’s gotten into North Americans, why we are so numb, heartless, why we are so often in denial, and how we create a culture where to speak up against something is FROWNED upon.

Let me give a personal example, of something that has happened to me this very week. I have someone in my extended family who has suffered 30 plus years in a verbally and psychologically abusive marriage with an alcoholic. A week ago, after years of leaving the husband and coming back to him repeatidly in hopes that they could reconcile their differences for their own children and grandchildren’s sake, she finally realized that her husband would not change. She made the hardest decision one could make, and also the bravest. She packed her bags, and left her husband.

She has three grown children, two of which are married with children of their own, and are fully aware of the abuse she has lived through, and the various mental illnesses she has developed as a consequence. Yet each and every one of them turned their backs on their own mother, refusing to help her, support her, and even talked rudely to her.

It blew my mind. I messaged the eldest son, reprimanding him of his rude behavior in a time when his own mother was at her most vulnerable. I was attacked for it, called names for it, and told to mind my own business and keep my mouth shut.

Yet, isn’t this the EXACT reaction, regardless of the topic, that people who speak  the truth and stand up against what they believe is wrong, get? We live in a society that demonizes whistle blowers. They want us to “mind our own business.” But that is because they don’t want us exposing their dirty laundry, or criticizing them for their crimes, or immoral behavior.  They want to get away with it.

AND WE LET THEM, ALL THE TIME, EVERYDAY.

Journalism is suppose to be about exposing the truth, but how can we expose the truth if our journalists are paid by the giant media conglomerates? The same ones with top CEOs and Execs who are behind all the corruption?

People are afraid to speak up. People are immovably convinced that “speaking up” won’t do anything, won’t create change. They don’t even believe that change is possible, and be that the case, just don’t say anything, don’t stir the pot. How did we become a society of hopeless cowards?

What I admire most about Brazil and Turkey right now, is they have two things we don’t: they have a sense of community and togetherness, and they have HOPE.

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Now THAT is HOPE!

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7 thoughts on “A World in chaos, and I’m loving it!

  1. Protests have to start somewhere. Why don’t you get a group of people together, friends, family, etc who feel passionately about these issues and start your own protest. Writing about it here is great and all but how about being proactive and starting one yourself?

    • Believe me, it’s crossed my mind, but I don’t really have family and friends that feel as strongly about this as I do. I part of why I blog is to find out who else out there thinks the same.

      • Also, that is sort of my intention down the line, I would like to join some protests as well, or find ways of getting politically involved. I just don’t think “jumping into it” without a strategy or more collaborators is the best course. As of yet, anyway.

  2. In the West we’re too immersed in consumerist culture to really care. We’ve been raised to believe, by the government, schools, and the media-centric culture, that life is all about obtaining money and buying things, Our minds are focused on greed and consumption. Sure, we get mad when a new story about government or cooperate corruption hits the news, but we quickly forget and go back to watching shitty TVs shows on our big TVs. Yes, I have a flatscreen TV. I am a hypocrite in many ways, but I have my own issues to deal with.

    Good rant. Don’t lose that fire within you, Blackkittycat!

  3. This blog post is absolutely on the money! Here in the U.S., those of us who protested the Iraq war were called ‘traitors’ and told that we were ‘unpatriotic’. People here try to ‘shame’ anyone who speaks out against the ‘status quo’. Horror story after horror story about how our elected officials are ‘mis-handling’ our tax dollars can be spotlighted and for the most part, we don’t even blink, much less actually ‘do’ anything constructive about it. The sad truth is that the situation for the people who are adversely impacted are too poor to not show up at work. In many instances, I do believe that more people would protest, but do not because they can’t afford to. The problem with that is that they don’t see that they can’t afford NOT to. Conditions are untenable now and getting worse by the second.

    It looks as though the people of many countries are in the same boat. We need global chaos to turn the well-regulated world of the ‘controllers’ upside down, inside out and bounce their ass every which way we can. I have no problem speaking up, speaking out and telling it like it is, the problem is that there are just so many who are not willing to go the distance or to realize that our cause is a common cause for the benefit of ALL people and not just a select few. No one need be hungry, homeless, sick and without health care. I just don’t know when we will realize that by helping someone else, it does not hurt us. It helps ALL of us.

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