Calamity, Charity & Convictions

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted, and you may have wondered if I’ve lost the fuel for my rants. This is not the case. Rather, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the recent influx of absolute insanity on the other side of this blue ball we live on. Between the Libyan uprisings against a masochistic dictator and the collision of nature and Japan, it’s been difficult to articulate such calamity and their effects.
Japan’s recent devastation has been at the forefront of my mind, for many reasons, but mainly because I have friends who live a relatively short distance away from the Fukushima nuclear plant (they are fine and in good spirits if you were wondering). Moreover I also had the privilege to visit Japan and witness its astounding social and geographical climate – a beautiful island full of wonderful surprises and good-natured people. I cannot deny that the devastation was horrendous but the outpouring of charity has been equally immense. However, the ignorance of some around the world, claiming that the tsunami was some sort of cosmic retribution for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor (or a lack of Christian dogma) is not only disgusting, but also laughable at best.  In a world so advanced in its communicative, medical and transportation technologies, a world of multiculturalism and a globalized economy, it is astounding (though not surprising) that the ignorance of the dark ages still lingers in so many.
A perfect example of such ignorance is in the masochistic digressions of a certain dictator, we’ll call Muammar Gaddafi. His insatiable desire for absolute power has corrupted him absolutely, and his lunacy has unduly damaged his country and its people. I could easily dwell on the atrocities this man has reined – his suppression and violence towards the Libyan people – but it’s the bravery and conviction of those same people that deserve the recognition. Their united vigor against such aggressive tyranny is astounding and should be commended. This intangible and unified strength is something we (apathetic) Canadians should learn from, to understand that “people shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people” (Alan Moore).

Accountability in the Age of Entitlement

There’s a disease raging in the western world called apathy. It’s a not a new ailment, but more rampant then ever since it latched onto the boom of 1980’s indulgence, and powered the current ‘age of entitlement’. Self-reliance is a thing of the past now that it’s acceptable to blame the rest of the world for your problems. But who are we to blame for that?
We could blame the divorced parents who fueled their spoiled children with guilt-soaked spending.
We could blame the education system for bending over backwards for the 1% of parents who whine about the consequences of their child’s irresponsibility.
We could blame physical and psychological doctors for offering band-aid solutions to pain and depression.
We could blame the government for making it easy to be self loathing and lazy with its flawed welfare and disability methods.
We could blame the media for encouraging a ‘me’ generation of products.
Or… we could blame ourselves for being so naively pathetic – for failing to see the red flags of deluded excess.
Now, please don’t get me wrong, we should have services to assist those is need, those who are truly unable to help themselves. But for the rest of you relying on medication without therapy because you’re sore or sad, those of you who are too insecure to pursue meaningful education or employment, and those of you making excuses for your self-indulgent spoiled children… STOP IT! No matter what society shapes as ‘acceptable’, you are stillaccountable.