I remember being trapped in a London mainline station, when the IRA ran their terror campaign of letterbox bombings, and the fear that permeated the people in this massive building from the possibility of a small mailbox blowing up. When I consider the atrocities perpetrated by these cowardly actions, not only have they been horrendous in their impact on the many but achieved with just a handful of people.
The London bombings of 7th July 2005 made us realise we were unsafe in our normal day to day pursuits and this fear has become endemic around the world as similar barbaric acts are repeatedly carried out just as indiscriminately. Here we get to the core of what acts of terrorism are all about. Not only do they create fear but of far more sinister application, to my mind, is the overall feeling of helplessness that is achieved, as the few gain some means of control over the many.
We are helpless because we cannot fight back as the perpetrators function in secret. They don’t wear distinguishing uniforms, they hide amongst us, look like us, act like us and suddenly kill us without warning, creating large scale trauma in the process.
This odious behaviour is now crippling our way of life as its effects permeate all areas of our lives. Travelling becomes both frightening and arduous as the huge escalation in security procedures and methods, the dramatic increase in police powers and invasions of our privacy by surveillance systematically, violate our freedom of movement and interaction with each other.
When this understanding hit me the realisation came that our global media follow a similar pattern in how they operate. They too are directed by a few to manipulate the many with the express purpose of creating an environment of helplessness. The news is constantly dominated by disaster, be it terrorism, climate change, debt or personal tragedy and more.
Natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes can be overwhelming, as the force of nature shows its teeth in all its untameable power and we know we are quite helpless against this fury. Media editors know this too and so all major disasters are placed front and centre, aided by the intensity of round the clock reporting of each new calamity that occurs.
So too are we made to feel helpless by the carefully regulated global supply of money and the emphasis upon our indebtedness to staggering amounts of debt the average human being, including this writer, are incapable of comprehending. Indeed, the nurturing of debt has become so vast now that the experts are claiming it can never be repaid, throwing new pressures upon the already downtrodden shoulders of our helplessness!
Charlie Hebdo . . . Global Stock Markets are collapsing . . . North Korea Uses Bomb Test . . . Arab Shiites caught in Iranian-Saudi Strife . . . Truck bomb kills 65. The media barrage is endless and constant.
My personal hobby horse, regular readers will know, is the treatment of the Greek people last year, as they tried to seek justice for the irresponsible actions of their corrupt politicians and the inhuman manner in which they were battered into submission by the Troika. This inhumanity was fully reported by global media, with little being done to highlight the effects of theses barbaric actions on the population at large, nor the corrupt banking practices that were at the core of this calamity.
Here we see the true extent of the helplessness terrorism by the media can achieve, as it broadcast to the whole world how unelected bureaucrats can ‘invade’ a country and bring its people to their knees, totally unprotected by the democratic process as the power of the country’s elected rulers is simply overridden. Media terrorism does not hold the guilty accountable but rather, its primary job is to support them.
There are those who would argue that the media also report achievements and I would agree but I would also argue that the proportion of ‘good’ news to ‘bad’ news is grossly distorted and always has been. If we take the recent horrendous flooding across the globe, coverage of the misery has been endless. However, one newspaper has taken a different and positive slant with the flooding in Northern England. As far as I am aware, only the Guardian has reported in detail upon the huge army of Muslim and Sikh volunteers who, for days now, have been providing care parcels and hot food to the desperate suffers of this disaster.
The story has not been picked up by the other media and so the healing properties of not only overcoming and positively dealing with adversity but also unifying sectors of Society that all too often are set against each other, is strategically played down. (Read the first paragraph and weep . . . it says it all about how media terrorism keeps us in conflict with each other.) http://tinyurl.com/jv864je
Left to our own devices, people of all walks of Life can get on with each other and live amicably together. The powerful recognise this and how their power could be taken from them if we ever unite. That day is coming, with the internet, and that is why they are intensifying their efforts to keep us in constant separation, setting us against each other by race, colour, creed and gender.
My philosophy on Life is: “It is not what happens that is important but how you deal with it” . . . every time! In this manner we learn and empower our lives. This Guardian article demonstrates how effectively ‘what happens’ is pushed at us to weaken us and ‘how we deal with’ is kept quiet, or not globally recognised.
So how do we fight such insurmountable odds and power?
Let the manipulators sow the seeds of their own self-destruction! We have seen it with Religion, where the gross manipulation – that we are all born ‘sinners’ and our only salvation is through the church – has finally run its course. We have evolved beyond the ignorance of 2000 years ago and the church has lost the power it once wielded over us.
The same is true of politics. The growing abuses of democracy are being spotlighted with increasing regularity and so the present political system no longer has credibility. Out of this growing awareness a new regime will be born and we will start all over again.
Of pressing urgency now, I would suggest, is that we focus our attention upon the media and not allow it to continue to exert its influence in the way it has in the past. By intensify our efforts to share with each other how WE see things, we will create greater awareness which will fuel the destruction of the current media machine, in similar fashion to religion and politics. We do not want a repeat of the last general election where a party gained overall power with the votes of just 24% of the electorate!
Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds change. That is the universal law of evolution and we need to become aware of it, understand it, encourage it and recognise the changes it brings about when they happen.
What those changes will be I have no idea but I do know that that universal law is at work now and we must be ready for change and unite in seeing it through.
This will be the theme of my writing in 2016. I hope it resonates with you.
Until the next time.
Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes