I can’t count the number of times that I vowed that I wouldn’t watch news stations because of the stress that it caused me. but no matter how many times I’ve tried, I’m always brought back to viewing the atrocities that are going on in this world. And so, I’ve chosen to write this article as a departure from my usual writings because I am a child of the world and, I am a social worker by profession. Albeit somewhat morbid, I felt the need to express my disdain for what is happening in the world despite the fact that this writing may well fall upon “deaf ears.”
It is very difficult to watch malnourished children begging for food in a wasteland of filth and poverty. Pictures of women sold into slavery and then raped by their captures turns my stomach. The images that are brought to mind by descriptions of whole villages … with no discrimination as to men women and children … pillaged and being wiped out with sprays of machine gun fire is something that is unfathomable but yet very real. The stories of tribal leaders and even presidents of countries being investigated while yet being set free of any responsibility for such atrocities seems beyond comprehension and yet the headlines proclaim their innocence in almost every reported story. A tribunal of judges in a neutral country may take years to reach a decision with regard to their guilt or innocence may take years to draw a conclusion and even more years for them to be brought to justice.
But there is something that may be even more harmfully disgusting. In my opinion it is the abomination of the reality of these events as they are obliterated by the political structure and impediments that stand in the way of anything being able to be done about them. This is exacerbated by the helplessness of countries that are presumed to be helping because of the political implications that tend to “tie their hands” thus preventing them from being able to do anything that is both morally and practically sound to eliminate such injustices. You realize, I am sure, that I am specifically talking about theUnited States of Americabut I am also referring to the many European Countries that have been financially tapped to help eradicate the problems that those countries suffering from such atrocities are experiencing.
The monies, the rhetoric, the good will, the sense of justification … all of these noble attempts have and will continue to fall on deaf ears as the suffering and injustices continue to mount unless someone is willing to “step up to the plate” and declare a war against the politically correct way of “doing business.” To stand by and watch while we speak our politically eloquent speeches in the United Nations or other world bodies that are supposes to have been formed to deal with such matters is an abomination of reality.
It seems that we have become steeped in the fear of stepping on the toes of those responsible for injustice than we are willing to stand up for what is right and good in our small little world. Make no mistake about it, the price that must be paid will be paid but probably at a point where it will be too late to really recoup any damage that has been done through avoidance, denial and neglect. And, certainly, there will be little energy left on the parts of Nations to prevent future abominations because the energy and the funds will be “dried up.” Meanwhile the problem escalates geometrically while we count the fatalities arithmetically.
The politicians are doing their jobs. They know very well how to feed their coffers in order to become reelected. And this is not just true of theUnited Statesbut of all democratic countries who are noted for their altruistic benevolence. It seems that we have gone too far in this “game of pass the buck.” However as that may be, I still believe that we, as people of the world, will realize at some point, that something more practical and realistic needs to be done and we will do it. Hopefully, it will not take place at a point when the chips have been gathered but at a point where the spread of the reality and the need to stand up for what is right will still have a place on the world’s scene. Can it only come after a disastrous point in time? No, I believe that the world will awaken before that point is reached. Will it require an earth shattering event? Perhaps so. Will it require the formation of a world government? Maybe. But whatever it might take, I believe that people will realize and respond to the need for creating an end to atrocities and the beginning of a new world order. Whether in my lifetime or my great-grandchildren’s, the movement will be both welcomed and essential for the continuation of this world in which we all have a stake.
(2 November 2011)
Both as a consultant and author, Charles Bonasera’s story-telling have motivated people to change patterns and resolve problems in their lives. All of his books contain valuable, practical lessons that people can easily apply to bettering and managing their lifestyles. He has also written a myriad of articles which can be found on his website at www.charlesmbonasera.com.