There is a lot of bad stuff going on in the world at the moment.
The events in New York over the last few days serve to highlight an unrelenting trend of terrorists killing civilians in our streets. An
unprecedented number of terrorist attacks have taken place in the UK as well – hundreds have died, hundreds more have been injured and the security
services are stretched to their limits as numerous would-be terrorist atrocities are foiled seemingly on a daily basis.
In the United States alone there have been 1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days. 2017 has seen the worst mass shooting event in US history when on 1st
October, Stephen Paddock, fired hundreds of rounds of semi-automatic ammunition into a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and
injuring hundreds more before blowing the antidepressants out of his own messed up brain with a revolver.
In equally depressing news, notorious Hollywood pervert, Harvey Weinstein sits atop an increasing mountain of human detritus as an endless stream of
celebrities and politicians are discovered to have been abusing their power for decades to leverage sex with the weak or to profit from corruption.
Harvey, it appears, was just the tip of the whole sh*tty iceberg – the details of his salacious depravity cultivating courage amongst the victims of
others to speak out about their abuse at the hands of the elite - the hashtag #metoo going viral as more victims stand up to join the derogated
Weinstein follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Savile in demonstrating how those in power or with money are able destroy lives and then buy silence.
Despite the growing number of victims’ voices and the public admissions of “impropriety” or “indiscretions” by those accused – it is
noteworthy that no arrests have been made and nobody has handed themselves over to the police.
For some reason, society (like all those who knew of Weinstein’s crimes but turned a blind eye) acquiesces these crimes: “Don’t worry Harv,
check yourself into rehab and get yourself fixed you sick f*ck”.
So accustomed have the downtrodden, the deprived and the under-privileged grown to the absence of any real justice, that it would appear that we have
become too tired and too weak to demand it anymore. Our collective voice has faded and grown hoarse with all the p*ssing and whinging we have done
over the years to highlight our suffering and to underline our status as victims.
The prison population of the UK has doubled in the last 25 years as the problems that come with an increasingly poor population and a growing
disparity between the richest and the poorest in society are essentially ethnically cleansed away by incarceration. I guarantee you won’t find many
of those born into privilege in the jails that are full to bursting.
Our society, maligned, broken, defeated, lays down on the bloodstained ground and quietly resigns itself to its impending death – be that at the
hands of radical Islam, “the powers that be” or North Korean Nukes or – as is likely – a combination of all three.
How did we get here?
How did we end up like this?
I am reminded of the 2009 post-apocalyptic film “The Road” starring Viggo Mortensen and based on the beautifully crafted 2006 Cormac McCarthy
novel of the same name. The action of the film sees Mortensen and his son travelling across a United States that has been desolated by some
undescribed disaster or event. The starving survivors hunt each other in cannibalistic packs – starvation and despair thrive in the absence of the
The take away point of the movie for me was that we are all just one disaster away from shrugging off our humanity and reverting to the animal, primal
state that we evolved from.
We convince ourselves that we are civilised. We wrap ourselves up in a blanket of lies and derive an artificial comfort from the ‘unimpeachable’
truth that our evolution has liberated us from suffering. Then some c*nt blows himself up or opens fire on a defenceless crowd or rapes a child and
in that moment the blanket is torn away leaving us cold, weak and crying out for our mothers like injured babies.
It has not always been this way.
I think I have identified the problem.
Take Harvey Weinstein as an example. The problem is not the answer to the question “Has Harvey Weinstein done anything wrong?” – the problem is
the very fact that I can ask the question in the first place.
Any reasonable, sane, moderate human being would look on what Harvey Weinstein is accused to have done in disgust. If I asked you “Has Harvey
Weinstein done anything wrong?” the answer in the majority of cases would be a resounding and unequivocal “yes – of course he has”.
But then, has he?
What is it Weinstein is accused to have done? At one end of the spectrum, he has probably strongly suggested that he could make certain doors open for
aspiring young actresses if they were to get naked or perform sex acts on him – the Hollywood casting couch experience if you will.
At the other end of the spectrum, he has been accused of forcing himself onto vulnerable women and raping them – coercing them to have sexual
intercourse without their consent.
We would all condemn these actions and rightly so, but what as a society have we been prepared to let go? What unpalatable aspects of our society do
we wilfully turn a blind eye to each and every day?
Harvey Weinstein tells women that they will be successful if they sleep with him – BAD.
Society shows women that they will be successful if they strip to their underwear and pose provocatively in newspapers and magazines – OK?
Harvey Weinstein forces himself onto women and makes them have sex with him – BAD.
Society allows the poor and the damaged to fall into prostitution and women, who probably don’t want to have sex with men, do so because they are
offered money – OK?
Harvey Weinstein promises fame and fortune to those who visit him in his hotel room and say nothing? – WRONG
The destitute and the have nots are promised a better life if they go with people traffickers to work in the sex industry of more affluent countries
Harvey Weinstein grabs a woman by the p*ssy – WRONG.
A man elected to the highest office in the whole of western civilisation talk about how it is ok to grab women by the p*ssy – OK?
It is a dangerous thing to vilify Harvey Weinstein for his sordid crimes when we, as a collective, are also arguably guilty of terrible things on a
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