As a writer, I spend a lot of time trawling the internet, reading newspaper sites and trying my best to discern the true stories from the false.
At the moment, I’m reading a lot about the American Election (One of the side effects of being Facebook friends with a lot of Americans) and one thing that has hit me recently is how unbalanced their society is. There is no peace – everyone appears to be at war with everyone else.
You have the minorities fighting the establishment to be heard and to be allowed to live their lives without being persecuted.
You have women fighting against men for the right to earn the same amount of money and to be able to walk down the street without being assaulted by words or hands.
You have the Sick fighting against the Insurance companies to be able to get well.
You have the Third Party Groups fighting against the Political System to be able to even sit in the halls of power and represent their supporters.
You have the Poor fighting to keep a roof over their heads while the Rich don’t seem to care about anything than their money and those in the middle are fighting to stay out of poverty and to join the Rich…
There is no balance, just fighting.
…I know I’ve generalised, but it’s more like a summary of what I’ve seen…
To be honest, I see this pattern all over the western world. Its as if we’ve forgotten that peace is possible. We need to bring the balance back. There needs to be peace in order to understand what we are fighting for; when you fight for too long, you forget how to live peacefully.