BAD. SAD. Try a real think about DESPAIR

I have not posted for a long time now – not just because it is summer and I am out a lot – mainly because I have too much to say, or too little.

Some pictures of a happy place, a contrast to the writing I have now thought to post.

 

Far away, a plane is shot down in Ukraine.

A school is Schools are shelled, rockets fall. 1,900 lives are lost in Gaza in four weeks while my tomatoes grow. They have fruit and farms and gardens too, places to live and grow. So do Ukrainians, and others not now in the news. How many are now hurt, displaced, traumatised, suffering? Know there will be no growing now for a while?

While violence silences and disempowers all of us everywhere, I am in the middle of one of the loveliest summers I have had for a long time. As well as the bike and the beaches, and our kids, everyone here whatever their age, swimming, playing, growing, enjoying. I picked my first of the season tomato and cucumber. [I do not have a garden, these are pot-grown on a deck 20 feet long by 5 feet wide.]

I can’t couldn’t write – the contrast is too great. But, at least I can write.

This morning I decided I want to say that however BAD, SAD, and utterly shocking and disempowering the dreadful violence is,

IT IS TIME THAT PEOPLE ESPECIALLY LEADERS EVERYWHERE SPEND SOME TIME HAVING A REAL THINK ABOUT DESPAIR.

That is, the stuff that happens before during and after the shells fly and the rockets rock, whatever it is that they do, or think they are doing.

The history of powerful vs powerless (think Apartheid, think slavery, think jewish persecution, think some history or even a tiny inconsequential discriminatory unfairness you know about) is a history of feelings experienced, feelings of shame, humiliation, anger, fear, and above all

DESPAIR

in the helplessness of “I did not ask for this” lies the real despair

“I can’t help it and it is going to happen again, and again, and again”

I can’t get on with ordinary living

Because those in Power do NOT hear the drip drip drip of what it is like to be prevented from living a fair enough life, the steady attrition of hope in a future, often not for oneself, but for those who depend on one’s provision. You see your child/elderly parent/partner/friend in need, you know what they need, you know how this sort of thing is done….

BUT YOU ARE PREVENTED FROM DOING IT

Imagine it, think into the despair, like as if the baby is hungry and you are too and you can’t get food – or thirsty – or needs to learn/work/play – or needs anything – and you are prevented. Sanctions and blocks do this, it is another kind of unasked death, just different from explosion.

YOU ARE PREVENTED FROM LIVING

prevented by decisions others make, creating poverty, inequality of life chances. It is not true that people can do well if they just work hard enough or learn enough. Remember that list, the slaves the persecuted jews the punishments once deemed ‘appropriate’, now thought barbaric. People do well, cultures and beliefs change when some have said: STOP

STOP VIOLENCE … it is a giving up of finding the response to despair.

THEN STOP PRETENDING THERE IS NO DESPAIR

The people perpetuating these things are, by history’s hindsight, seen to have been blinded by something of their own: FEAR, un-named maybe, causes another kind of desperate attempt to fashion the world as it is wanted, not as it is.

Attempts to contain FEAR: road blocks, checkpoints, poverty, punishment for speaking out … think, as above, all the things that have happened before that were a result of not hearing that despair … yeah … there is something wrong going on here… STOP

I want every person who has any place to say it … to say: STOP

ENOUGH: NO MORE ARMS SOLD TO ANY ONE BY ANYONE, and the buck STARTS here, where I am, where I hold a vote where I can write to a representative where I can DO at least one thing that is not the kind of reaction doing that makes the fear and despair worse.

THEN FACE FEAR and TAKE AWAY ANYTHING THAT IMPEDES LIVING

START ALLOWING ALL A CHANCE TO LIVE

YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL RESULT but DESPAIR WILL WEAKEN

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7 thoughts on “BAD. SAD. Try a real think about DESPAIR

  1. If only taking arms away from everyone would solve these sorts of problems. It wouldn’t, unfortunately. Those inclined to do so would still bash one another with sticks or rocks.

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    1. We can’t take arms away – not ours to take. So I was trying to say we need to stop selling to one side or the other. Maybe we sell to any takers – I do not know – but our authorities who grant export licences do know. I would also like to see not even making, but know not much chance of going there. What I also wanted to say – strongly – was that despair over years and years of not able to live freely or fully breeds the anger that fuels the various groups and then that feeds the fear. Trying to see this might help, the violence just adds to despair and destruction to come.

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  2. The manufacturers of armaments, and their agencies – the international governments, have much to answer for, but it all boils down to the same resultant brew – money.

    The evil attached to armaments is well documented, but few world leaders even stop to glance at the results of their trade in human misery. So many lives blighted, or obliterated, by these weapons of individual – or mass – destruction.

    It needs courage to denounce the weapons, and their manufacturers. Courage is something world leaders lack.

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  3. I think about this too. Mainly I try not to watch too much news. Blogging and blogs like yours are generally uplifting! Nice to visit you!

    I say “STOP”

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    1. I suppose I think that appreciation and recognition of the despair side of life somehow go together – or another way of putting it is that one cannot feel good at depth if not capable of feeling in all ways.

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