It is the age old question which will have a variety of answers. “Money is the root of all evil.” “Money can’t buy you happiness.” But if money is what makes us so unhappy then why we end up muttering under our breath “If I won the lottery….”
This weekend saw the opening of the 50 shades of Grey movie in the cinema with mixed reviews pouring onto the internet. Pretty much every person that I know went to see apart from me. I’ve read the books and considered seeing it because Jamie Dornan, a local lad, was starring in it. But I decided against it in the end because I refuse to give any of my hard earned money to EL James. A woman who has not only glamourised domestic abuse but dismisses those who challenge her sad individuals who can’t appreciate a good book.
Thirty years ago, my country was classed as war-torn. Soldiers marched the streets, bombs exploded, and people lived in fear. You could be pulled from a busy street and shot for being the wrong religion. Schools were targeted and places of worship were blown up. But I didn’t grow up in Syria or Iraq. It was Northern Ireland. Within the last thirty years, the entire country has done a u-turn and is finally at peace with itself. Today anyone can walk the streets freely, without fearing for their safety. We hosted the MTV awards, pop stars make music videos in our fields, and it provides the back drop for “Game of Thrones” TV series. Now it is the place to be. Religious extremism was the back bone of Northern Irish society, making it no different from other countries like Iraq or any other nation where religion is the excuse for killing.
I was so excited to hear that you are taking such a pro-active approach to fix “Broken Britain”, especially seeing as you want to make children spend time with their absent parents. I wish you could hear the sarcasm in voice because that is by far the stupidest idea I have ever heard. Let me explain the harsh simple truth behind this problem- most of these “absent parents” are absent for a reason, because their kids don’t want to see them. For most people it has nothing to do with denying access, sure it happens, but if you ask most of these children why they don’t see the other parent, it boils down to not wanting to see them. And now you want to force children like my daughter to spend “quality time” with someone they hate. Nice one.
Recently I have found myself in a bit of a writers slump, not because I didn’t have anything to write about, I just didn’t want to bitch about things. Money has been a bit tight, my ex-partner is an asshole, and I’m trying to get a small business up and running. It just didn’t seem worthy of writing about. I did consider writing a few bits about it all after reading a recent international magazine, lets just say, if that is what columnists are writing about (and getting paid for) I am really undervalued and should be loaded if that is what the “professionals” are getting paid to do. But that’s not what this blog post is about. No. Today I saw something and just had to write about it, even though I have no great input into what happened.
Let me set the scene for you. It’s 1am, I’m in my pj’s, sitting in my kitchen. I had just finished reading a report about sales targets when I decided to have a quick ciggie before bed. When I sit at night like this I like to have a quick look on Facebook on my phone. So, there I was, flicking through my newsfeed and puffing away, when on my screen appeared the story of the airliner being shot down. Horror shot through me. If I’m totally honest, my first though was “I’m never flying again” and was quickly replaced with “why?”
It had been reported that a Malaysia Airlines aircraft had been shot down by a missile while flying over Ukraine and 295 people had died. Blame has been passed around by the political parties of the world. Why? I’m not into politics myself, I have the social skills of a wooden spoon at the best of times, so understanding politics is not my strong point. And even if I did understand it, would I want to? You see, I still view the world in a very child like way. Bad people should be punished, don’t be rude, etc. So the mass killing of people to make a point is pointless to me. The way that politicians act these days is just like a bunch of screaming toddlers that all want the shiny toy that they can’t have and they will smash the shit out of it so that no-one else can have it either. Well boys, tough tits. That shiny toy is peoples lives, country, job, family. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m tired of having these “powerful people” who are supposed to be looking after us fuck everything up. I get it, you want to be the top dog and show the world you are the greatest. Do you know how else wanted to be like that? Hitler.
So, if you want to be the best and go down in history as the dogs balls instead of a ball bag, try these ideas out-
Cure every known disease in the world
Clean up the planet by going green
Make sure every person gets an education
Improve on everything that is good in this world
I’m not prefect, no-one is. But at the very least we could all try and be a little bit less of an asshole everyday to each other. And who knows, maybe by being just a little bit nicer to each other, we could bring about world peace. Or at the very least, we won’t keep seeing the news filled with tragedies and have to keep asking “why?”
The subject of feminist issues has been in the press the last while for a number of reasons. Changes to the law on birth control and abortion are two of the big ones that have dominated our news feeds recently as everyone goes head first into battle for a war that cannot be won. For me it’s a sticky issue because I consider myself a feminist but I’m anti-abortion.