Priceless blog post. As a human??? (human has to mean that we are innately humane in all our interactions) civilization, how much do we know, or even care about current events that increasingly plague us and scream at us to change literally everything we have believed about ourselves and our world? So, are we going to get serious about what we need to change, beginning with a very bad attitude, or are we going to forge ahead, condemning millions, more likely billions, to death with us in the benighted “west” somewhere in between there, dying too, blindly, stupidly, never able to make the connection between the lifestyle we feel entitled to and how it kills others. Consumerism is a weapon of mass destruction. It created single-handedly the global refugee crisis we so wish we didn’t have to deal with. Well, it’s here. Read this post. Well written and it makes the point clearly and succinctly.
I WONDER how people 100 years from now will regard this generation? One of the largest problems of our day, and one that we see precious little media coverage about is the subject of refugees. All of our war mongering and the mismanagement of the planet have created a historically unprecedented flood of refugees and not only is no one talking about them (relatively speaking, compared to the coverage of other more sound-bite worthy topics) but more importantly precious few souls are doing anything about them.
This simple story about a boat captain instrumental in saving refugees points out the problem. It seems a strange world in which someone who acts to alleviate the suffering of others should, themselves, be put at risk for having done so. 20 years in prison is no “slight inconvenience” for having done a humane act, and yet that’s the world we live in.
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