Anyone else feeling stalled?
I could rattle off a long list of things that stall me, currently: parenting proactively, absorbing mid-life, accepting the realities of aging parents….the state of broadcast today…..I could continue…
What is truly stalling me, once again, takes me back to my childhood and my grandparents. My grandfather (Jedo, Yugoslav) was rather obsessed with documentaries about WWII. (for the record he also loved All Star Wrestling.) I loved him more than anyone in the world for the first 18 years of my life — and he was a bit of a tough nut — so if there was something to “do” with him, I did it. I learned a lot about “The War” sitting with Jedo. He was an historian about Hitler. He would tell me tales of “that time” — he lived it. He was a soldier. He felt every story and had bullet scars to prove it.
We would talk of genocide – when I was too young to even know what that was – and I’m glad that he didn’t edit or sugar-coat. Why? Because of him, and his lack of kid-a-fying, I’m now writing this with the question: What are we doing, or more importantly NOT doing?
This is not about Donald Trump. This is not about politics at all — this is about watching as horrific events happen in our world. This is about Syria. This is about Alepo.
Have you seen the before and after photos? They keep me awake at night with an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. This city reminds me of Vancouver in the “before” and then in the after it’s war-torn-fill-in-the-blank. It’s horror.
As North Americans — democratic society rooted in public safety — should we not be questioning our world leaders? Why isn’t it a world-wide priority to end the suffering of our fellow humans. Hospitals being bombed to bits? Innocent civilians pounded by ISIS — it reminds me of the programs I watched wiz by in black and white while sitting safely in Jedo’s lap.
Are we debating whether to “let” these refugees into our land? Are you kidding me? What if it were you? What if this was a world your child lived in and no one did anything? I often wondered “where the rest of the world was?” when Hitler was sending millions upon millions to camps and gas chambers.
Now that I’ve given it context, and opinion, it should be noted that I have done NOTHING. I am ashamed of that. What I need is for a trusted leader to give me a call to action. Someone to tell me a tangible way we can help.
Like so many I don’t trust the “give us your money and we will help people” ad on Facebook, sorry. This isn’t something that should be left to sort itself out, or to allow to continue even longer than it already has.
This shouldn’t be allowed to stall…..
Any advice as to how to actually help — is welcome.