reply to post by blupblup
The only TV I watch is CBBC, and the occasional documentary. The world is a nicer place all round from that perspective, and I have to say, if TV is
programming, I like the world that the BBC are trying to create for our kids. They care about each other, watch each others backs and support each
other in changing the world for the better. But that is a whole other story for another time.
Yes our governments lie to us. And yes, clearly, there is collusion in all shapes and forms, and criminality that we don't want to think about,
heinous and horrible crimes are committed against children in every corner of the world. I was reading yesterday about Joseph Kony, head of the
Lord's Resistance Army of Uganda, and about the staggering number of children that are abducted each year by guerilla groups to serve as sex slaves,
human shields and combatants. Now if you think that the current scandals hitting the UK are bad and that no one seemingly cares for those child
victims, multiply that by thousands in terms of the indifference of those caught up in conflicts in Africa. No one even, ever, wants to discuss
Africa. But yes, as you say, these are our
children that are suffering and we should insist that any vulnerable person is receiving the care
and protection that they deserve.
I do believe that people in high places are getting away with crimes, but they are getting away with them because they can afford expensive legal
advice, not because they belong to a fraternity that has international tenticles reaching into every crevice in the world. We do live in a hostile
world, but it will only get more hostile if we turn in on ourselves and distrust every stranger that crosses our paths for fear that they could be one
of 'them'. We are bombarded with sensationalism, and we become desensitised. And most will be turning over to 'Enders or Corrie, 'cos it is all
a bit too much to take in and digest, and when they are told who is responsible they will get up and beat their chests and bay for their blood.
Anything rather than accept responsibility for the deterioration of the society around them.
We need governance because most people want to be told what to do. We need it because the vast majority of people only care about themselves and
their corner of the world, and will take, take, take until there is nothing left. Children have suffered in care homes because no one has bothered to
listen to them BUT over the years since these scandals occurred things have changed, and safe guards have been put in place, and slowly but surely the
truth has and will come out. I agree that it is too little too late, and that those children deserve justice, and I hope that they receive it. But I
also hope that all children, everywhere in the world receive the same protection as they do here in the UK. Because despite many things, we are an
incredibly proactive nation and we do have a great deal to be proud of.
That said, I personally feel, that given the current social and economic climate, that we have to be very careful that we do not fall into the trap of
believing that only those children in care are in danger. Never before, due to changes in recent years, have those children been so protected, and
those caring for them so accountable, however, the truth remains, that the vast majority of sexual abuse occurs within the home, and is committed by
someone that the child knows and trusts. Therefore, if we wish to end suffering, we need to take a more active role in our own communities, and to
look and listen to what is going on around us, in the immediate vicinity.
I also personally feel that much of what is being presented in the media and the way it is being presented, is about viewing figures and making money,
not about a clear and present danger. We are too easily distracted, and with such a highly emotive subject, the media, especially the commercial
media, are pushing our buttons left right and centre, and we are in spasms in response. Yes, clearly, there is a culture of paedophilia that needs
addressing, but as individuals we can only do so much, and for me, that means ensuring that all bodies are held accountable for their actions, and,
inactions. We must leave the authorities to do their job to a certain extent, they need the space to do that.
I am as inflamed as the next person at the idea of children suffering, and of people getting away, sometimes literally, with murder but I have me and
my own, my friends and my community to take care of, and know my limitations. And while I love unravelling a good conspiracy, I also know my
limitations, and when to butt out. Which is what I will be doing from now on. Not everything or all things are connected, and following that train
of thought will only increase my sense of powerlessness. And that helps no one.