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… 😉