I don’t often, if at all, blog about certain subjects. I rarely talk about religion, terrorists or horrific events such as the recent fire in London. One of the main reasons is that some things are just too horrible for me to get into a blame game about, where my opinions and feelings would add nothing to the debate other than to add to the millions of words that somehow feel like they diminish the horrible things we have to learn from and hopefully not repeat.
Today Jeremy Corbyn made a very political statement about the Grenfell fire in London and is being accused by a lot of people of taking advantage of the tragedy. I’m not so sure he was but like all of these type of horrific events you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
The reality for me, while the issues are complex, is that we live in a time where politicians rarely make decisions for our benefit. Money rules all, big business, many believe, really run the world. We live in a time where the power of the few demands that we are losing many of the gains that many people fought and died for, we are forgetting and losing sight of the horrors of our history and that has led to too many of those gains we have in the first place sadly being taken for granted.
Many of our problems, and I know this might be simplistic, in so many ways comes down to us. Far too many of us don’t vote, many of us are incredibly ignorant of what goes on in our country and how decisions are made. Far too many who do go and vote do so without thinking about what they are actually voting for, too many of us are just not interested enough.
When I blog I am more often than not getting something off my chest and expressing an opinion. I totally accept that I am not often correct but I want to learn and the more I learn the more I can make an informed choice. More people need to do that.
That might just be the start of solving our problems, or some of them. We cannot trust the press, or our politicians, but I do think if people know the truth, or as much of it they can find out about, they will get to the right point or place in the end.
It is really easy to blame, and even easier to blame others but when I think about the conversations I have, the ones I hear and the things I see I can’t escape from the fact that if we must abortion blame then we need to start with ourselves.
There is a saying you get what you vote for, you get what you pay for, what goes around comes around. The first two are true and the third isn’t. The point where we are at now is that we can’t trust the politicians to do what’s right, we can’t trust the banks, the businesses, the lawyers or the courts, they are as much prisoners of their own establishment as much as we are prisoners of their decisions.
What we can do though is, we can take an interest, we can learn, we can vote, we can care and when, like Jeremy Corbyn, we are looking for someone to blame, we can start by looking at ourselves and our own indifference. When we get to grips with that then we might start to make the right choices, we might start to make things better.