Learning from history
I’ve used one of my pictures of the full moon today. Sometimes I think the loonies have taken over the world. Then I look back at history and realise they have always been in charge. I watched the Second World War in colour last night on YouTube. The depression of the 1930’s led to world war.
This recession seems more like a depression to many people. When and where will it all end? Hitler was certainly crazy and it’s difficult to understand the nationalism and flag waving of Germany at the time. People were scared to oppose him and the tide of change. We see nationalism like that sometimes here and now. The Jubilee earlier this year was a typical example and so was the Olympics to a certain extent. I have a deep dislike and suspicion of flag wavers. I don’t like bullies and people who point the finger at the less fortunate. That film last night showed the Americans make the people of the local towns tour concentration camps and see for themselves the death, the bodies and smell the stench. They saw children’s bodies piled high outside the gas chambers. Will we make the members of Solihull Conservative Club tour the council estates of West Bromwich when this recession is over, so they can see the emaciated bodies of malnourished children?
It is interesting to look at the bombing of oil facilities during World War II and ask why the British and Americans bombed cities. Bombing oil facilities was strategic, bombing cities and killing innocent people and children appears to have been motivated by hate for the Germans. Yet when the American soldiers went into those cities, they reassured the people and gave the children chocolate and chewing gum. It’s easy to be cruel when you can do it from a distance. I’m sure George Osborne won’t be going out and seeing for himself the affects of welfare cuts very soon. He was booed at the Olympics and he threw about 12 billions at that waste of space…
On a lighter note, I’ve been writing a Christmas story. It’s an amusing story, but also a love story set at Christmas. I think it’s finished. I scanned through it again yesterday looking for errors after spotting a missing apostrophe. Now I have to find a way of checking if it will download from a WordPress site. If you want to have a go at writing a story check out my blogs on writing fiction each Wednesday.
Whether I am writing fiction or non fiction, I hope that I make people stop and think for a moment and maybe understand a little better. My story is about loneliness at Christmas, but touches on a few other things. We all want a little influence and writing can give you influence. If you can get anyone to read what you write. You can even get influence though social media these days, tweeting your thoughts and updating your Facebook Timeline. I see a lot of interactive humour on Facebook. Twitter isn’t so funny although this tweet would be funny if the issue wasn’t so serious “Ed Miliband to wage war on George Osborne over benefit cuts”. I don’t think we will see Ed Miliband on the council estates of West Bromwich any time soon either; they are better out of sight, out of mind…
Will the council be opening food banks on the said council estates or awarding contracts for more traffic calming? The council officers don’t live on those estates and most councillors have a job, expenses as a councillor and a nice house somewhere nowhere near a council estate.
I had an email about some committee jobs this week, £13,000 a year for 4 days a month. I would have probably gone for it, but I’m getting a bit old for working full days now…
That’s the lot for today, but there is more on a zillion ideas. Please comment, if you have a point of view. We have to resist the temptation to become flag waving little Englanders.
- George Osborne’s psychological warfare (think-left.org)