My Thoughts VI - Continuing with Journal entries

Jul. 1st, 2006

I watched a Fifth Estate documentary a while back, on the Muslim Toronto 18 Jihadi kids who got busted by CSIS and I was somewhat disappointed. The disappointment comes from the observation that the issue at hand is still not understood.

I am not Muslim, not religious at all in fact but I am perhaps cursed because I feel the pain of others. Tears drop when I see children’s bodies being carried away from restaurants and streets in Israel when some suicide bomber decides to strike – it is so wrong – words cannot explain it! Then, as the news permits, another clip of children dying of starvation in Africa will come on and the tears keep flowing. I cannot calmly think about how millions of Palestinians have lived in refugee camps for decades and decades now. And I have stated before that if I was born as a Native American here in Canada, I would have in the best scenario light myself on fire on the stairs of the Parliament building in protest towards the fact that Native people live in shacks without access to potable water in way too many cases.

The unfairness of this world cannot be tolerated any longer. Things have to change! And it is not us, ‘the younger’ people that are going crazy – it is the ‘older’ people that are crazy for letting the world come to where it is. So, this is the issue that needs to be resolved: the state of things in the world – not the sanity of the youth, that will come when all else is good.

As a Canadian citizen I am ashamed to be part of a society that provides material and human support for illegal and immoral wars while ignoring the fact that its own citizens do not have affordable housing and that one in six children is living in poverty. We are all guilty for such things because we allow it. And if an Afghan blew himself up in traffic beside me on the highway tomorrow, well I suppose in a really messed up way I deserve it. It really should not come to that but we allow it by things we do, or do not do.

I know people who do not care about politics, voting, foreign affairs and the like. I argue with such people about how their inaction really means an acceptance: acceptance that people should freeze on subway vents in the winter, acceptance that innocent civilians are killed by the bullets we manufacture and so on. Therefore, we are not as harmless as we pose ourselves to be – actually we are quite scummy especially because there is so much we can do as a people but we do not.

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Darknlovely3436 5 years ago from NewYork

Great hub, I can tell that you have given this write some great thought..it such a cruel world in which we lived.... once again great hub


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

I am not scummy, nor am I to blame for those who sleep on subway vents, or starve to death in poorer places. I do not manufacture bullets; I do not support war. I have spent a life dedicated to helping who and where I can, but I do not beat myself up for not being able to help all. As a result, this hub serves to do little else than to turn me off.

You have declared this cannot go on any longer and things have to change. You. Unfairness and misery has accompanied mankind from the beginning of time and things are not likely to suddenly change because MR. Happy (whoever the hell he is) has decreed it shall be so. The world doesn't work that way. The world doesn't care what you think or have to say. Sorry, but this is the way it is.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I agree with lmmartin. Nobody wants misery, war, and starvation, but the poor are always with us no matter what we do, and new tyrants are born every day.

Grow up.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

So, this is the beauty - or ugliness of life: some people as Darknlovely found what I said to be somewhat true, while others disagree.

I do not write to please people. I just write about things as I see them with my crooked eye-sight. Someone once told me that us humans have clay feet - whatever that means ...

This was a journal entry - just thoughts I put on paper at some given time - some journal entries are happy, some are not so happy ... such is life.

Thank you for your comments Mr. Willstar, Mrs. Lynda and Mrs. Darknlovely - I do take all your comments into consideration and I do not think I am perfect nor do I think that everyone should follow what I say. Do something or do nothing - my writing will remain as honest as always.

Those who disagree with my opinions should remember that I am nothing but a product of our world's society.

All the best to everyone - I do wish well for all living things.


diogenes 5 years ago

I was moved by your article. In many ways, actually. I am a sceptic of the human condition (you may be, too at 72), but perhaps all the awful stuff we see is as necessary as the good. I also see life and the universe as being completely random, although I may be proven wrong one day. If I am, I am sure there will be a scientific explanation rather than a metaphysical one for whatever arrives or comes to light.

Not to ramble. I think a couple of our esteemed hubbers were a little brusk in their comments to you; this is a sign you made them think!

I mainly suffer for animals, though, they don't get much choice in what happens to them at the hands of man...Bob


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Hi Diogenes, I believe you may be right about the universe being completely random, though it is also necessary to take consequences of decisions into consideration. My comment may seem brusque, but then I expect better things from my good friend Mr. Happy that juvenile breast beating over the state of the world. Lynda


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Misery is usually caused by bad people who choose to live as islands, not sharing a damned thing. I too doubt humans, especially in high places, will change any, like growing a soul, hardly. I also feel that charities, while nice, are too much like a band aid on a shotgun wound, too little too late to stop the bleeding. Hunger is Not from lack of food, there's enough for all, it's too many hogging it and using it like a pawn for the people deemed 'worthy' to have it. Poverty is caused by too few having and hogging too much, while too many have too little. This hub makes Everyone think. Nothing wrong with thinking, we need More of that in this world.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Lynda - you are involved, educated and always supportive in many different ways. You are aware of the problems our societies face but not everyone is like you. Many people are not aware.

As BobbiRant rightfully stated (in my opinion) above : "Misery is usually caused by bad people who chose to live as islands..." - so yes, I think everyone needs to be involved not just you, me, BobbiRant and a few others. I am not alone in such thinking.

Thank you for taking the time to comment Mrs. BobbiRant. I appreciate it.

Mr. Diogenes ... I agree and thank you so much for passing by. All the very best!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Misery is usually caused by bad people who chose to live as islands..."

Vague mumbo-jumbo. Explain exactly who you are talking about, how they cause misery and to whom.

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(And don't try to claim 'the rich' are making 'the poor' miserable without documentation and specific, individual examples.)


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Will, BobbiRant's comment is not mumbo-jumbo to me.

If you do not comprehend it or believe it, like one of my philosophy professors in university said: "I can't help you if you're not already there."

Have a great day Sir.

Now is the perfect timing to take your above comment and just paste it here: "Grow up." (I can bite too - you know!?)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

In other words, you haven't the foggiest idea either. I hear this vague stuff all the time, but when I ask for specifics, I get excuses like yours.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

I Can explain it. Warring countries cause hunger because how do people stop to plant crops when they are forced to flee armies that could kill them? How many people have the $2800 for first month's rent and security deposits to rent a decent place? When I worked full time, I rarely had that much in one lump sum myself, even with a good paying job. Did Americans send jobs over seas? Doubt that very much. Why do some politicians spout mumbo jumbo yet SOME people flock to claiming they understand THEM? Is the 'understanding' simply the tune They sing or the choir they 'preach to?'


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

Voted UP Happy- not so happy...

Bravo - you take a stand!

War on poverty- is the last war any country will fund properly-

it is more amusing i presume to force one's will on another and supply the antagonist with weapons to fight back- the irony is clear yet the multitudes are caught up in false idealism- religious superstition- nationalistic bullshit to the eyeballs- preventing sight or insight.

peace bro.

greg


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This was your statement Bobbi:

"Misery is usually caused by bad people who chose to live as islands..."

Now you are making an entirely different and unrelated argument. In any case, your new argument is also vague, mumbo-jumbo.

We spend a gazillion dollars so that all kids can go to school and learn, but we can't make them apply themselves.

The same kids who refuse to work hard and learn are usually the same ones who refuse to work hard and earn.

Yet you blame everyone but them!


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

Will- friend, i'm sorry but i had to laugh at your response here- a gazillion dollars sounds a bit vague, might you define that figure a bit more precisely.

The 'Bad People' as you call them... i have found intolerance a far greater enemy than those few who refuse to work as you stated- your opposition and argument are flawed- logic based on nonsense-

Sorry, but as i understood this hub to be: "thoughts" of the author, not necessarily set in stone- wandering- wavering thoughtsm just as these are your thoughts- wavering and as weak legged as they may be.

there is no blame- misery is a broad term you fail to approach properly or define- after making claim to know what is to blame- what it is- by- for- and whom does this apply...

peace Will- be cool - stay in school


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"The 'Bad People' as you call them..."

No I didn't. Get your facts straight before you deem to scold me for something someone else said.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

I think only a 'few' miss what I stated,but the few who blame others, like the poor, much More than I lay 'blame' on the rich perhaps. So when one assigns blame it is okay if the blame falls on 'those who refuse to learn and work?' I think the group who gambled the bank money learned quite well, they learned how easy and profitable having no ethics was.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

There's plenty of blame to go around, from those who think the world owes them a living, to those who cheat people out of their hard earned money, to those politicians who think they have a right to take people's hard earned money for 'social justice'.

Ease government burdens that stifle business, so business will boom. Booming businesses need to hire people, so that puts America back to work. The more people who work, the more taxes that are collected.

Make all social programs local, because local administrators soon know who actually needs help and who is a leech on society.

Stiffen laws so that cheating people out of their money draws a big chunk of hard time.

How hard can it be?


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

"The unfairness of this world cannot be tolerated any longer. Things have to change! And it is not us, ‘the younger’ people that are going crazy – it is the ‘older’ people that are crazy for letting the world come to where it is. So, this is the issue that needs to be resolved: the state of things in the world – not the sanity of the youth, that will come when all else is good."

This is the part of this hub that disturbs me. I thought I'd been caught up in a time warp and carried back to the sixties. I can actually hear Jefferson Airplane in the background.

But how very arrogant!! Like many an "older" person, I balk at carrying the blame for the state of the world -- as if I had anything to do with it! I am tired of being categorized by a time frame, not by who I am and what I have done and accomplished.

I particularly dislike the idea that anyone who is content to merely live the best life they can is "scummy" unless they are fighting as this author would have them do. That is judgmental!

Yes, indeed there is nothing so pretentious as the arrogance of youth. I was once guilty of such myself.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

" Yes, indeed there is nothing so pretentious as the arrogance of youth."

Especially when they come home from college and tell those who are paying their way how awful they are. :-)


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Lynda, I knew there would be sparks ... When I typed "older" people I knew problems would arise. That is how it was already written (from five years ago) and I did not change anything. I did not mean it as a complete generalization - it can fully be seen as that, I know. I trusted that those who work(ed) at creating a better world would understand that that journal entry did not have them in mind. Hopeful thinking didn't work. I tried the quotation marks but they obviously did not help either.

Keeping in mind that this is a journal entry is critical though. Thoughts on paper ... quick thoughts, fast thoughts, momentary thoughts, old thoughts (no old is not a bad thing in my opinion - I would not touch wine made yesterday).

Anyway ... I let it flow: arrogance, love, whatever ... some liked it some did not - I can live with that. Thank you very much for your time and thoughts. The conversation is what matters for me.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Will, I am not sure what your assumption meant: "Especially when they come home from college and tell those who are paying their way how awful they are."

Whom are you speaking of? I never went to any college.

"I'm not cocky, I'm confident."


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. BobbiRant, thank you so much for dropping-by again. I think many of us have much to learn from your comments. All the very best!

Mr. Zaino - you explained better than I did, how this piece of writing should be looked at: "I understood this hub to be: "thoughts" of the author, not necessarily set in stone- wandering- wavering thoughtsm just as these are your thoughts- wavering and as weak legged as they may be."

Thank you Sir. Cheers!


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

Ha! and i screwed up - my target wasn't Will after all- but the statement stands true regardless. sorry Will- Happy- keep it pouring out my friend- the idea is a good one- it deserves to to be heard- can't please em all.

peace

greg


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I don't understand why some of these people who commented on your hub got so worked up. You must have pressed their button and that is not necessarily a bad thing. I find it strange that someone who would call you arrogant would call you judgemental. You must have really set off some bombs here! I like your hub and I also like the fact that you don't just talk about these things but you actually practise what you preach. I hope you don't take any of their comments personally and continue to press these people's buttons it is funny to see them take the bait every single time! LOL


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I think Anthony DeMello the great Jesuit and Mystic explains it well in this video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxbgtVxrrR8&feature...


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank you for commenting Mr. Spirit Whisperer, I think Mr. Tony said it best once when he claimed that I "tickle the angry fibers" ...

All the best.

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