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Narrow Vision: Them Versus Us

Updated on November 15, 2013

I had a good friend over a few weeks ago. We had not seen each other in quite a little while and so he stopped-by for a visit. We often talk about politics and this time around, we began talking about international affairs. Indeed, the world seems to be getting smaller and international affairs is often on people’s minds nowadays.

At one point in the conversation, my friend mentioned how Canada should start arming itself “to the teeth”. I was shocked … I honestly was. This is a good friend of mine who I had not seen as one who indulges in fear. I mean, why would anyone want to arm themselves to the teeth unless they were afraid of something?

So, I asked him why he thought we need to arm ourselves to the teeth. His explanation was that as the rest of the world is crumbling to pieces, Canada is one of the few countries in the world with a lot of uninhabited land, lots of resources, etc. He said that many people will want to take what we have.

I was stunned for a second. Fear – that is all I could think … that is all I felt emanating from him. It was pure Fear. Usually my fangs come-out when I sense Fear around – wolves have that instinct. I kept calm though. I tried to point-out the Fear to him. He is a good friend so I thought I would try to help. I told him not to indulge in senseless Fear and to try to see past it.

As things stand now, Canada’s national security is safe. I highly doubt the United States government is looking for a fifty-first state and Russia is really nothing to worry about. I do not think they will cross the North Pole to take-us over. The raccoons invading our cities might be more of a worry …

I am not sure where all these fears arise from but I am finding the “them versus us” perspective quite tiresome. “Them versus Us” has kept the number of casualties rising on both sides, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Them Versus Us” is a technique which extremist groups (such as the Zionist movement, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, etc.) and even military lobbyists use, in order to promote fear and thus, their violent agendas.

When people cannot see past their own self; when people cannot see themselves in others, it is very easy to instill Fear and control them through Fear, with the “them versus us” talk. Yet, we are all the same. It does not matter what colour we are, what language we speak, we all want the same things: safety, security, the ability to strive and survive … how are we not all the same? Why pretend there are some “them” versus “us”? There is one planet and one people … We are all connected. We are All One: it is the “Law of One”.

I wish everyone well. All the best!

Note: My photograph, Toronto "G 20", Summer of 2010


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Gretings Mrs. Amy,

      I think Fear only grows if we allow it. As I mentioned in an above comment to Mr. Diogenes, I come from a tribe (Thracian/Dacian) in Eastern Europe which started its roots there over five thousand years ago. We have managed to survive the invasion of a few Empires, World Wars, etc.

      I agree with You that there is always a chance for crazy people such as Hitler to inflict some damage but even in those cases, I do not recommend Fear. Thus, I Fear nothing - we are all the same, nothing to Fear but ourselves. Cheers!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I agree with You Watergeek and I think You made a very clear and important point: "I believe that what we really fear is the aggression inside of ourselves". And I think "aggression" comes out of Fear. It is our mentality and perception which we need to change, in order to have a more peaceful world. All the best!

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      Amy Becherer 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I am not one given over to hysteria. The nightly national news, however, is difficult to ignore with reports of mass murders of civilians in Syria, with the bodies of babies nearly matching the numbers of men and women slaughtered. What once I would have thought died with Hitler, is reality, though unbelievable, is happening today. As you say, created as one, nonetheless, we are intolerant of diversity in any realm of our existence. Communications today bring the brutality into our homes for all to see. Impossible to turn away, yet impotent to help from across the world, fear grows. If it can happen in Syria, it can happen wherever there is corruption in power. To think otherwise would be naive.

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      Susette Horspool 

      9 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Think of what countries could do for their people, if they weren't spending money on war. The U.S. alone spends trillions of dollars on war that could be better spent on supporting community gardens, reducing the use of fossil fuels (the military being the biggest user), supporting the growth of small businesses, experimenting for cheaper solar power, all technologies that could be exported to the rest of world. Everything we learn here in the process of helping our own people thrive could be shared.

      Canada right now is hell-bent on making money and is destroying their resources in the process. Between mining for minerals and fossil fuels, cutting down forests, polluting their waters, they soon will have nothing left . . . ripped off by themselves (e.g. TransCanada). I believe that what we really fear is the aggression inside of ourselves, on a personal and national level, and no amount of arming will protect us from that.

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "They"/"Me" just asked You. : )

      "if they did I'd help Romanians and anyone else we could" - In all sincerity: "Thank You", Mrs. Katleen. The feeling is mutual.

      I am of the opinion that we all should try to help one another, indifferent of nationality because we are all humans, we all have the same needs and we all seem to need help once in a while.

      "We're a little bit of just about everything and everybody." - Very well said - that is why I think there is no "them" versus "us" ...

      Cheers! : )

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      They don't ask me these things - but - if they did I'd help Romanians and anyone else we could. Actually, I think we already do whenever and wherever possible within the limits of our resources.

      As an American, that means I'm transplanted too, a couple of generations back, from the Scots, the Irish, the Germans and the Swedes. We call it being Heinz 57 Variety. We're a little bit of just about everything and everybody.

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Kathleen,

      thank You for your support. I hold dual citizenship so, now that You have offered your help to Canadians, can You offer your help to Romanians also? Since I am both, You offered to help only half of me ... I guess it'd be nice if You can support Romanians as well, otherwise You leave half of me behind ...

      Strange but You see, things are no longer so simple as "I am Canadian" or "I am Romanian" ... The world is getting smaller and pure bred humans are becoming something of the past. It does look like we are all the same though, if we look past ethnicity, language, etc.

      Interesting conversation. Thank you and all the best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Diogenes,

      Thank You for taking the time to read and comment. I personally believe in the free movement of people on this planet. I regard borders and walls, mostly as nonsense ( Thus, I see no problem with "illegal and pseudo-legal migration" - People are starving in some places of the world - or they are no longer safe (i.e. Syria) thus, they need to migrate with or without papers. I am sure You'd care less about papers yourself if You had to just survive.

      "I mean, Canada is as vulnerable as a virgin in a bordello" - Yes, we all are and body armour woun't help. Tanks woun't help. All the military might of the West could not bring the Afghani people to subdue. Survival does not necessarily depend on how big our guns are, or how numerous our army is.

      I am Dacian/Romanian and we have past five thousand years of being. We overcame all sorts of Empires invading us: the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire ... Haha! Warriors do not indulge in Fear - we will survive no matter what. We have done so for thousands of years. China is not a topic of Fear, at least not for me.

      Plus, Chinese people are people too ... We are all the same. I have no grievences except with those who harm others. Nobody is harming Canada now and I see no intention as such. I could be wrong though, who knows ...

      Thank You again for leaving me a comment. All the best!

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I am so glad to hear the immediate assumption that the US would immediately spring to her (Canada's) defense. Yes, we would. Canada is our closest ally, not to mention neighbor. It is good to know that is a given.

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      9 years ago

      Hi matey:

      It seems, as here in Europe, infiltration by illegal and pseudo-legal migration is the problem Canada faces. You don't have the money or ability to produce a large defensive war machine anyway.

      But I don't see the world in the benign way you do. I mean, Canada is as vulnerable as a virgin in a bordello, apart from the fact that the US would immediately spring to her defense against any armed aggression. I am a believer in "Talk (and live) peace, but keep the powder dry." It is the hard-wired nature of all life to expand without regard to who or what gets disenfranchised in the process. Just look how Chinese money is buying up the world's resources as we speak. It is only the might of the USA that contains these ambitions to the purely commercial.

      "Let the scales fall from our eyes"


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      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for your comment as well Mr. Brages07. Fear works very well in manipulating people. Out of Fear came the Patriot Act, out of Fear came the invasion of Iraq ... those who profit out of Fear know how to use it. Thanks again for stopping by.

      All the best!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hmmm ... are You planning an invasion Mrs. Lynnley? Haha ...

      Thank You for reading and commenting. I am of the opinion that the Spirit lives on thus, there is no Fear. If You have the time listen to this song please, You will know what I mean:

      All the very best!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      9 years ago from the beautiful south

      I can't say I agree although of course you have your right of opinion. Possibly your friend only feels caution, not fear, which I consider a wise thing. It doesn't appear the world is getting better and shutting our eyes to that will not make it go away. Being from the US I would say we have shut our eyes until it is finally too late.

      Interesting subject, nonetheless.

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      9 years ago from South Royalton, VT

      Well said. Another part of the profoundly evil genius of the Us vs. Them mentality is that the Them can be anyone you want it to be and the concept of Them allows a person to avoid responsibility for their actions.


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