Hold on, this might sting a bit.
Now, I feel like it’s time to wake up. The dream has now dissipated, and what are we left with? Are we really these people in the world today? Are we the figures of humanity propelling love past ourselves? Let’s look at the things we’re surrounded with, that do not match up, in comparison to our list of qualifications for living our ideal kind of life.
We should fight against those who knowingly try to define us, or others, by our consequences. Only we can define our “self”.
Discrimination based on age, sexuality, religion, race, or culture is a constant reality. We try to define other people by their consequences, creating new values for the noun. We objectify people. Here are some of the ways we define:
“Racism: The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Hence: prejudice and antagonism towards people of other races, esp. those felt to be a threat to one’s cultural or racial integrity or economic well-being; the expression of such prejudice in words or actions. Also occas. in extended use, with reference to people of other nationalities.
Discrimination: The action of discriminating; the perceiving, noting, or making a distinction or difference between things; a distinction (made with the mind, or in action). Also with against.
Separation: The action of separating or parting, of setting or keeping apart; the state of being separated or parted. †to make separation , to make a severance or division.”
(Oxford University Press)
The real meaning of who they are gets lost behind our molding of creation. This kind of bullying occurs from a young age to adulthood. What is worse about the fact that it happens in adulthood, is that even after all those years, we still choose to only identify ourselves against the other, instead of getting to know them. We separate ourselves from friends, family, and others around us, when they seem to question who we are. Explanation is not expected of who we are. An attack is deemed as simply an attack. So, we either run away from this, become this, or we fight back. None of which seems to help change the idea they have of us, for who we are. We create others into images, with differentiating traits, commonly seen in sexualities, so that we can be more comfortable with whom they are. We do not wish to draw connection with the other. This even happens on a smaller scale between men and women, and between persons. We rate people on scales from worst to best, even though we cannot define an absolute perfection.
We should fight for the one who feels lost, without identity either in body or soul; we will help to fuel their existence as well.
We abandon those who are ill to pursue our own ideals. One example, which comes to mind, is the Obama healthcare plan. Some people are so concentrated on how it will affect the individual, that they cannot see how much it could benefit the masses. Those who are sick, or unfortunate, and cannot afford to go to the hospital, need help. Others only see the problems with Obamacare, and that is why we should get rid of it. The first time you come out with something, there are bound to be flaws. Maybe it would be better to use the flaws to improve the plan, than to get rid of it. Life should not be something that is up for sale for only the fortunate, it is something we should all value and support. Maybe this is the problem as well; the plan is based on only drawing from the people of upper-class, who find this unfair. This program is for all, so maybe all that are able should give an amount to contribute to cost. Hopefully, their battle will come to a civilized end. Fear drives part of our separation as well. We put our elderly away in retirement homes, only to visit once in a blue moon. Those people who had once created us are now dispensable, like the newest cell phone. Retirement homes are sometimes necessary means, but abandonment should never be one. Hospitals, mental institutions, and prisons are understaffed, and seen as places of disease, and madness, which we wish to stay away from. They are a reminder of what we could become. Similar could be said of places, and people, torrent with poverty.
We fight for love in all its forms: truth, beauty, generosity, knowledge, kindness, friendship, family and happiness. We no longer only “pursue” happiness, but we create it. We will fight against those who wish to define these things we create.
We are divided as nations, and even within nations. Discussion is no longer the motivation for what to do. Those that do not fit the mold, we cast aside. We call them monsters. They are not deserving of our love. We forget about the wildlife and nature around us. We are not only driving different species to extinction, but we are driving our planet to a similar extinction. We discuss breaking boundaries but only those to do with the physical world. Really, think about it. When you reflect back on Chris Hadfield’s mission in space, what is it that you remember? Do you remember only that he had journeyed to space? Or, is it more likely that you remember how he shared his journey with all of us? He took the time to spread something outside of his own mission. At this period of time, we fight for being individual. We fight for the fact that we are all alone together in this world. We are all in solitary confinement. Is this how we’d like to remain, undisturbed, unbothered by anyone else’s real problems, or difficulties?
We fight against those who knowingly wish to take advantage of someone’s consequences to further propel their “self”. They have limited our connections to another.
We constantly fuel and create limitations of connections to other people. It has become a battle for the survival of the fittest. The person who yells the loudest will win. We are in a stage of social anarchy, completely apathetic to people around us. Complete power is the thing that motivates us forward; our goal of extending past oneself is gone. The strong attack the ones they feel are weaker. The smart attack those who they feel do not know as much. The beautiful attack those they see as ugly. We use what we think is valued in our world, to make us feel better about ourselves. Because we know that we need the other’s presence to exist. We need them to be stupid, because if they are not, how can we be smart. We need them to be ugly, for if they are not, how can we be beautiful. The outside is the only thing we can see, so we deem it as the only thing that matters. The reality is, we all have these separate views of the world, but, many times, we are not willing to look past our own.
We will appreciate those who have helped us when our consequences, or our souls, were not strong enough to fight.
We speak only of our own person, instead of appreciating those who have helped us before. We do not remember, we forget. Most recently I can think of the movement called the White Poppy Campaign. These people felt the need to change what the poppy means, in two aspects. Instead of it being to remember, they see the poppy as standing for war. So, it must be replaced with something they think resembles peace.
“Canada’s red poppy, a symbol of Remembrance Day, is under attack from pacifists pretending to be defence analysts and the worst thing is, you might be subsidizing it. This week, activists launched a campaign called I Remember For Peace that uses the white poppy. White is the colour of surrender and the white poppy was started by pacifist groups in Britain in the 1920s. It’s been associated with the pacifist cause ever since. Steven Staples, one of the organizers of the campaign, claims the red poppy worn by generations of Canadians glorifies war while his poppy is for peace.” (Toronto Sun)
I have no problem fighting for a world with no war, no one likes war. But, are you willing to completely insult, and forget, those who have made your survival possible today, to promote such a message? You are taking something they recognize with and molding it to your own situation. You are objectifying something that is a part of the soldier. Therefore, you have unintentionally created a war between your image of them, and their image of themselves.
In Canada, the most recent omission of Veterans has been to their support, with the Department of the Veteran Affairs, by Stephen Harper.
“Veterans and the workers who serve them say it will be impossible for eight Client Service Agents to make up for the work of the 89 front line workers in Veterans Affairs offices slated for closure. In a statement this afternoon, Minister Fantino confirmed for the first time that Veterans Affairs offices in Corner Brook, Charlottetown, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Windsor, Brandon, Saskatoon and Kelowna will shut their doors to veterans and their families on January 31, 2014. The Minister said that once offices close, one Veterans Affairs Client Service Agent will be placed in a Service Canada office in each of the communities affected. “This government is betraying the more than 17,000 veterans who rely on these offices for front line services,” said Yvan Thauvette, National President of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees.” (Canadians Veteran Advocacy)
These people were there to help us, and our country. Are we saying that we will not be there to support them, in their equal time of need? Will we just turn our backs to them; even though we owe them our lives? “Front line services” is similar to the term one would use to describe a soldier. Will you not fight, for those who gave everything up for you, when they only ask of your help to survive? Let’s not look at the people who survived war as casualties of it.
Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, doctors, lawyers, nurses, are all people who fight for our consequences. We forget about them, and we do not appreciate their thought and good deeds and how they’ve contributed to our person. We battle against them. We sue them. We attack them. We forget about them. This could be as simple as our parents, as well. We yell at them. We tell them they do not understand, but then we do not wish to explain at all what the problem is. We cut ourselves away from them; maybe sometimes we have good reason for these things, but many times we just do not wish to explain.
It seems hopeless. How can we be all these things, and still be our ideal?
But yet, it’s not hopeless….
These are only some of the worst situations we see in the world, but I think the ideal still exists through thoughtful actions and ideas. So, I want to give you another option. Maybe something that is closer to the real truth. Maybe you are one of these things, but maybe it’s more likely that you are both, yet again. There are some ways in which you measure up to your ideal self, but there are some ways that you have not yet fulfilled it, either in body or soul. I think that it is first important to define who you feel you’d like to be, and to then identify who you really are. This way you can see the difference between the two. Once you identify the difference, you can start to look closer at it, and become more aware of it, and maybe someday change it. Also, if you can identify the part of the ideal you have become, then you can make sure not to compromise it, and keep a balance in your life that way. So, if this is the case, what is the problem, or difference? Why do we still continue to create all of this hurt in our world? Can we blame it on the people? When the Puritans left Europe to move to America, they defined a similar ideal to the one I described below, one that is based on the idea of love. They defined the problem, though, as that of the people who wished to stop them from spreading their specific message. They believed that moving to America would solve this problem. Maybe in some cases it was the people, but let’s look a bit at their history shall we, their use of slavery, their segregation, and their destruction of other people, when first coming to America. They ended up doing the exact same thing that they were running away from Europe for. They destroyed someone else’s right to spread their message. They ignored the other and defined them based on their idea of the image. That does not seem like love at all? So what is the real problem? I believe that both in self, and the world around us, the problem is separation based on ignorance of others. Since we don’t know much about the other, we either run away from them, we become them, or we attack them. We never get to know them. That is the problem. The goal of this blog will be to create awareness for how we have created this separation based on ignorance of others. I am not asking you to give up all that you relate with in your life, if you choose to do that, that is admirable, but there may be no need to give up one part of yourself for another. Possibly, you will just get to know people past their consequences, and find other ways to help them. You may fight to make others aware of how they are creating something out of an image that does not exist. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can give someone is another voice. Those who are more fortunate in consequences might be willing to help once they hear the message. Also, I’m going to introduce this idea a little bit at a time in smaller areas. I don’t want to overwhelm you again; I don’t want you to forget your connection to your ideal. The case is to be aware of how we are separating, so we at least do not hurt the ones we separate from by making them into something else, because of our ignorance towards them. For if we know we are hurting someone, we are spreading nothing but hate, lack of love, and I want to be the optimist and believe that we are not hateful people. If there are those that still wish to commit these acts after the ignorance is erased, then it is time to choose to separate or fight the hate. Make sure that if you choose to fight, you always choose to destroy the hateful idea, over the body fueling it, every time. Unfortunately, the person has to become a casualty of the hateful idea at times, to protect our own consequences, or others. Do not make this your first resort. Make sure when you separate, you do not only separate yourself from the body spreading this idea, but remember to separate yourself from becoming such an idea in the future. The method which they have chosen to follow is hate. Do not choose to follow, or you will be choosing the same hurtful path.
I will be taking a bit of a break from writing during the school period, but I’ll be writing pieces (possibly with a friend) beginning in May to help us all become more aware, as well as planning to do little acts to change, and make others aware. My sister and I are particularly excited for the summer, as we plan to join this with a charity event which we completely support. The event is called G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. (The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen), it is run, and operated by Misha Collins, from the show Supernatural. You are given a list of a hundred or so different tasks to complete in a group of 15, over a short period of time. You document them and send them in by video, or picture. These tasks range from hugging a veteran, to creating a jumbo maxi pad dinosaur, to helping an adopted child connect with their long lost mother, to putting pumpkins on your feet and racing down the street. It mixes a little bit of all the ideals we talk about in this idea of love, with a crazy amount of hilarity. They’ve broken the Guinness World Record three times in a row for Most People Creating Random Acts of Kindness. They plan to step up the event in August, so I strongly urge you to participate, if not with us, than by yourself, or with your own group of friends.
Here is a picture from last year that I absolutely love, along with a video explaining the event.
Homemade vehicle capable of destruction and mayhem. (YES! Hahaha!)
If there is something you want me to discuss, a video you want me to post and share, an event you’d like to share, or anything, feel free to send it my way with an explanation, and I shall try my best to do it justice. We may not be able to create a difference, but maybe we can create something that will outlast the difference. We create therefore, we ALL live.
By: Carolyn G
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G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. “GISHWHES.” 2013. Web. 30 November 2013
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Toronto Sun. “A revolting campaign: White poppy movement is pure rubbish, and you might be subsidizing it.” Brian Lilley. Canoe Sun Media. 7 November 2013. Web. 30 November 2013