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Not my business. Or is it?

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Why is it that one cares what happens in another country?

At least, that is, if you have a vague idea of what is actually happening in other countries. And then, the more you know, the more you ‘pick sides’.

Why is that? What happens in America or Germany or China has nothing to do with me. Unless of course atrocities are being perpetrated against human beings and animals. But just generally, their politics have nothing to do with me, because the citizens of the country get to choose what they want, and then they have to live with it, not me. Like the saying goes ‘not my monkeys, not my circus’.

‘We’, in other countries, look and listen, and form opinions, because like everybody else, we have certain moral standards and principles – some of course, more so than others. We talk about what is happening in other countries, of course. But why should we care?

Does anybody even know what is going on in South Africa? And if you do, do you care? Or do you just shrug and say – fortunately not my problem? I have a very good idea of what is going on in the US – more than what I actually want to know, because I’ve been distancing myself from all media, especially news broadcasts and Facebook.

Against all my resolve, I’ve been a bit drawn in by the election, but I’m not going to explain all my thoughts and feelings around it, only that I’ve leaned a bit to one side more than the other, because I care about humanity and the moral code of humanity. It seems to me what with all the human trafficking and sexual perversion going on in the world (and the covering up of it), all the drug trading and abuse, all the materialism and capitalism, the instant gratification, there is precious little space left over for the good, solid principles upon which our forefathers built their lives.

And that worries me. A lot.

Until next time, maybe delve a bit deeper than the surface, put your roiling emotions to one side for a few moments – make sure you are going to get what you really want… 😉

About zelmare

Hallo to you from the southern most part of the African continent - South Africa!! To put my life in a nutshell : I raised 3 absolutely fabulous kids (I'm sure you will hear a lot about them, since I am a very proud mama), I became a doting grandmother two years ago and recently bought a house in the Western Cape, and in doing so, realized a dream I've had for many, many years. I love traveling, which I don't do often enough. I love living a simple life - cooking, gardening, knitting and of course, blogging. There is still a lot I want to do and see in my lifetime, but time will tell how much of that I can actually accomplish. I am looking forward to meeting a lot of lovely new friends and interesting people here on WordPress! :)

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  1. We live in a globalised world so I think it’s definitely my business what happens in other countries. We trade not just goods but also ideas. The rise of populism seen in the UK is not unrelated to what’s happening in America. If there is a no deal Brexit that will directly impact the Republic of Ireland where I reside. Our regulations follow the European Union’s, which has resulted in better environmental policies as well as other foreign input. Some of my clothes, the ingredients in headache tablets, parts for our cars, etc. all come from China. I don’t want to be part of a chain of exploitation so it’s important that I know the people manufacturing these things are paid properly. I order hand crafted wooden toys from Germany and my campervan originated there. Aside from economics, there are a myriad of ways we’re all connected. I do have an idea of what’s happening where you live because of my South African friends who are expatriates like myself and also through documentaries and the the news. In the past Nelson Mandela often quoted MLK and said the civil rights movement in the US inspired himself and other anti-apartheid leaders. Congress banned trade and investment in South Africa in the 80’s to put pressure on the white minority leaders to end apartheid. Our elected officials matter. As for the US, their president is often referred to as a “world leader.” Whoever is elected this month will wield a lot of power and their foreign policies will impact people all over the world. Sometimes it’s the difference between war and peace. Look how Israel is backing Trump. I don’t want to be overwhelmed by the news and feel powerless, but I sill want to keep informed about current affairs. That’s my 2 cents worth anyway. 😉

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    • YES! Thank you for voicing an opinion and taking the time to reply to my question posed above!!!! 🙂 I see that my post has attracted a whole lot of views, but no likes and comments. That implies one of 2 things to me – apathy, or people don’t agree with what I said, but are too afraid to reply. Of course what happens in one country has some kind of effect in other countries, and sometimes even worldwide. I am also conscious of what I buy and where it comes from – I do not support China in general because they have very little respect for the world’s resources, and if theirs are gone and used up, they move on and poach and destroy somewhere else (Africa is high on their agenda) In South Africa right now, white farmers are seriously targeted, tortured and murdered (on a daily basis), and I don’t see anybody anywhere supporting them, and because it doesn’t affect anybody else, it is easy to shrug and say ‘not my problem’. I understand that choosing a party and president to manage and lead your country is huge, believe me! We sit with a government that live by the rules of fraud, theft, nepotism and lies and they disregards laws, so we are pretty much ….(fill in whichever word you prefer.) But looking from the outside, I feel that if that is the best that can come out of America, I would be very worried if I was American – either way.

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  2. YES! Thank you for voicing an opinion and taking the time to reply to my question posed above!!!! 🙂
    I see that my post has attracted a whole lot of views, but no likes and comments. That implies one of 2 things to me – apathy, or people don’t agree with what I said, but are too afraid to reply.
    Of course what happens in one country has some kind of effect in other countries, and sometimes even worldwide. I am also conscious of what I buy and where it comes from – I do not support China in general because they have very little respect for the world’s resources, and if theirs are gone and used up, they move on and poach and destroy somewhere else (Africa is high on their agenda)
    In South Africa right now, white farmers are seriously targeted, tortured and murdered (on a daily basis), and I don’t see anybody anywhere supporting them, and because it doesn’t affect anybody else, it is easy to shrug and say ‘not my problem’.
    I understand that choosing a party and president to manage and lead your country is huge, believe me! We sit with a government that live by the rules of fraud, theft, nepotism and lies and they disregards laws, so we are pretty much ….(fill in whichever word you prefer.) But looking from the outside, I feel that if that is the best that can come out of America, I would be very worried if I was American – either way.

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  3. I am very worried about the world in general… and with America being such a big driving force in world movements… this is a huge election. For everyone. Tha being said, it is an enormous concern to me that so many people are ok with full term abortions, pedophilia, and other very big issues that the democrats endorse. My heart is breaking!

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  4. I think it is important to know what is happening in other countries, mainly the US because what happens there ultimately affects us all. Especially here because our government sucks up to the US so much. They say jump and our PM says how high. It is horrible, we hate it. We have been dragged into wars that had nothing to do with us, but the US asked for help and our pollies just said sure how many do you need. Trying to avoid conflict around the world would be great. Anyway, my two cents worth as I hope that Trump is gone because I think he is dangerous.

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    • I just think politicians have too much power, and citizens have too lottle say in important matters, like war. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply!

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      • I hear you and couldn’t agree more. The politicians here are so corrupt, but there is nothing we can do to stop them. Doesn’t help that too many stupid people are allowed to vote. People who have no idea what is going on. In Australia voting is compulsory for every citizen over the age of 18.

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