Yes, what happens elsewhere matters.
Opposition to oppression knows no political affiliation and no border limits.
It can be hard to relate to movements outside of our realm of experience, but we shouldn’t have to experience oppression directly in order to identify it and call it out.
We can simply look at other parts of the world, pat ourselves on the back that we got it better and say it couldn’t happen here, because it could. It is incredible how years of fighting for ones rights, changing rules and regulation for better ones, can disappeared as easily as placing our trust in the wrong country leader. Privilege is being able to say “I don’t need to get involved because the problem doesn’t personally affect me.”
“Those who live life for one another learn that love is the bond of perfect unity.” – Fools Crow, Lakota Sioux.
If we do not talk about these issues, we will get nowhere.
We can’t turn our backs on the millions of people in the developing world whose progress in life is stymied by poverty, preventable disease, corruption, sexism, and sectarian hatred. They need our activism more than ever.
When looking outside our little world, we realise that issues are isn’t just about the third world and some problems are world wide such as the rise in racism. Canada has seen it rise in racist attacks and threats and so has Australia. The “get out of MY country” mentality is growing everywhere, and the worst part is it comes from Caucasians who aren’t even the native people of that country in the first place! More than ever we need to come together as one people of earth and squash this colonialism ideals.
The divide and conquer rule in politics and war, is the policy of gaining and maintaining control over a population or specific group by encouraging dissent between them. We need to win the battle of ideas with those who seek a more insular world, and we need to respect their aspirations and fears in the process.
It discourages me to see how much we regress instead of growing healthy.
It would be a game changer if we all saw ourselves as citizens of the world and members of the human family and recognised that this is true for every other person on the planet
We also have the advantage of social media.
Some international issues that might be of interests:
- In the Australia, a woman is fighting for fighting for revenge-porn law after being victimised
- Bangladesh reduces the marital age to zero.
- In Brazil, looting, rape and murder break out on the streets after military police go on strike.
- In Indonesia, women are subjected to lashing for sex outside of marriage.
- ISIS – Women sold in slavery
- Russia just decriminalized domestic violence
- In the USA, Asians are being targeted for hate crimes.
“I’m craving more soul, I’m craving more socially, just people that are aware of what’s going on the world.” – John Legend