For hundereds of years WE, that's all of in the west not just the yanks, have been living the good life.
Did any of us ever stop and ask "Where does it all come from?"
Maybe a very small minority but the rest of us just buried our heads in the sand and said, "Who cares, let the good times roll."
The fact is that we took and took from the world and didn't stop to count the cost and well, now it's time to pay the piper.
Hard work and grit might have made our nations but it was blood and corruption that payed our way through.
How many millions have been oppressed, exploited, maimed, tortured and killed so that we can live like we do? Countless millions, probably even
billions. I probably picked a hard way to bring this up but I know I have your attention so listen.
We ARE ALL guilty.
Sucks doesn't it, we all asked for this through ignorance, apathy and shallow, lazy, selfish and materialistic thinking.
So, I don't feel sorry and I don't feel respect in this case. I feel ashamed.
At home here we do remember certain rituals like ANZAC day to commemorate our war dead. They were young men decieved into fighting the wars of
manipulators and profiteers, I feel sorry for them and respect their service. They really didn't have a choice or a chance.
This is the difference, we HAVE a choice AND a chance but decided to just let things keep rolling along and not pay any attention to the corruption
and scandal that was maintaining us. We turned an opportunity for self examination and improvement into a quest for empty vengance. This same quest is
being perpetuated in the unholy name of profit. This is the real disaster.
Now I am not saying lets all wear a tea-towel on our heads and go convert to Islam. Rather we should start making more of the rights we have to ensure
that those fat scumbag crooks at the top are accountable for what they do. The governments we CHOOSE and PAY FOR are doing most of their dirty little
tricks behind our backs with no though for the consequences and it is high time we started really using our power as citizens of a democracy to induce
a bit of bloody change in this world.
Dammit, I am only one person but I will find a way to fights these [snip] alone if I have to because I have a family, friends and hopes for the future
too and those hopes don't include living in a fallout shelter and scavenging through rubble for tinned food for the rest of my life.
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