Monthly Archives: October 2013

Enduring Love

Dear World,

When was the last time you looked at the world and considered:

“God’s Love may take the form of wrath. It can show itself to us as a calamity. This is the difficult lesson it has taken me a lifetime to learn.” -Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

During extraneous periods of pain we often become the victims of those who conspire to attack your faith. Your faith may not rely with a God: It may rely on many, the balance of power, or even the stock markets. As terrible as it sounds, faith can be made quantifiable. Looking at this quote by Ian McEwan he uses God as being outside of the box. Politically, our suspended belief in Society has been an ever-lasting spiral into the condemned. Yet, how many of us have looked outside the box and rediscovered your faith?

I believe today is a prime day to do that. This link will take you to National Eradicating Poverty day: despite the government shutdown and unrest overseas, the UN has reduced poverty by half.

Big TNC’s such as Coca-Cola bring a little humour and stupidity back into the world:

I hope this improves your day that little bit more, because I believe that faith can be found outside the box, what the world focuses on in the media, and what is right in front of us.

Until next time World,

All the Best,

BTB

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World Politics and Feminism!

Dear World,

As always, I was keeping one ear to the ground and I heard a stampede. I am shocked and horrified that people can be so disrespectful towards women. To build on this I also discovered this gem. To summarize the first article: he (Matt Forney) believes that women should be insecure because men do all the “real jobs.” The other article refers to both Men and Women in Japan seeing matrimony and child-making as “game over.”  

This is insane! I believe the feminists are wrong, the anti-feminists are wrong, and not having sex isn’t the answer to everything! Why is everyone resulting to the extremes? You, Matt Forney, you will find that a large majority of men do not have “real jobs” they are as much of a part as the Service industry as Women! Japan, I understand the pressure to always be optimal, exponential, and successful. I hope that there will be a day when your bosses do not “relinquish you” when you commit your life to another person. 

I have neglected to add a quote until this point because I cannot stress how significant taking a step down from both extremes is. I believe in fifty years sexism will be as taboo as racism. It will probably still exist but instead rely on your humanity to consolidate your image of a person. Often I can be shy and stutter– I thought my stammer was gone until I arrived in college. Yet I am still here, tripping over my two feet being confident that I can do better. Feminists, take a hike. This one is on me today, your role in World Politics can be admiral. I’m sure if Hillary Clinton is elected it will be a “huge step for women-kind.” I should let you know that I will rely on my qualitative reasoning and claim myself as an a-sexualist: who will never judge someone on their gender. 

“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” – Frances Wright

 

Sorry World, 

Until next time,

BTB

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Let’s make it Right.

“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.” – Will Rogers

Hello World,

Today is currently ending on the East Coast. To those in the West, enjoy the next few hours. In 1964 the 31st President Herbert Clark Hoover died. He was in office at the beginning of the Great Depression, he was also a millionaire, he also owned six silver mines. Hoover lost favour with the public because he did not want the people to rely on the state. 

Some may say he made the right decision and others may say he didn’t recognize the rights of others. I am not referring to the rights that are listed in the constitution, I am referring to the Universal Human Rights he denied many Americans dignity and security as they lost their jobs, their savings, and their homes. Yet is this still the case in the World today?

I believe you as well as many others will agree that we have many unattended issues that rot in a locked box in a filing cabinet in a toilet stall in the basement of an abandoned building with a sign on the door saying “beware of the leopard.” For intentions sake I did not recount the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy verbatim. I would like to believe as the Improbability Drive makes more improbable things happen we see more rights being protected positively. 

 

Good night world. 

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How many want in and how many want out.

“A simple way to take a measure out of a country is to look how many people want in… and how many want out.” Tony Blair

Dear World,

Today my mind chanced upon illegal immigration. As an immigrant myself I am always faced with stereotypes and hard hitting facts that “hit home.”

So I took a look at “home” and how it deals with illegal immigration and I came across this picture:

From The Guardian, depicting how England is combating illegal immigration

From The Guardian: How England is combating illegal immigration

This is my home country’s method of dealing with illegal immigration. Sending vans around London with pictures of handcuffs,  statistics of recent arrests, and fine print at the bottom offering support if you turn yourself in for deportation.

I am disgusted with the Tory approach to illegal immigration: there is always a plethora of reasons why people end up in the UK. Whether it is for safety, security, or opportunity that is not available in their “home country.” Home is where the heart is: if your home is Sierra Leone and you were a child soldier or a Jew in Nazi Germany it is understandable why you cannot stay in your home. Yet when people look at immigration today, they believe that immigrants take away jobs. Instead of threatening to send them home, society should offer them a shoulder to integrate with society efficiently.

Despite Tony Blair’s history, he is correct to assert that if there is an influx of people into a country it is powerful and influential. If people are leaving, then it suggests they cannot support their citizens.

I am hesitant to see the next steps that the English take with regards to immigration. Will they favour the BNP’s viewpoint, or will they open their gates again?

All the best,

BTB

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Change is one of my favourite words

“Change is one of my favourite words.” – Carol Vorderman

Dear World,

May you continue to change everyday. Keep surprising us and proving people wrong. Carol Vorderman’s (famously known for the British Show “Countdown”) could not be more correct when she asserts the importance of change. Naturally referring to the nerve-wracking word “Globalization” we have seen an exponential shift into the future. Travel is cheaper, productivity is cheaper, you don’t see people yelling down the phone when making a long distance phone call.

Change has always been the word of choice, the Verbum Electionis. I will simply state that I am not a Latin scholar. But I would change Carpe Diem to Carpe Optionem. 

But what does Change really mean for World Politics? Setting aside globalization (which is the driving force in Politics that everyone is familiar with.) Do we have a more sinister side to change? The Haitian’s are suing the UN due to the introduction of Cholera. Thousands have died and this is all due to our lack of foresight. We cannot predict change. It is volatile and uncanny; however, it is something to be anticipated and approached with caution.

All the best,

BTB

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But who can remember pain?

“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.” – The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

The sad truth is that forgiving is not as easy as forgetting. Often we see that many cannot forgive, let alone forget. When we look at 9/11 it was a scar on history that served as a symbol marring many cultures, creating horrendous stereotypes, and allowing discrimination to grow out of control. Many have chosen to move forward from this, but not all have the voice to speak up about it.

If there is any validity to what Atwood states then we have to look to 1945. Do you remember what happened? Neither do I. If it wasn’t for my World Politics teacher, I wouldn’t have even considered how time lets us forget how cruel society can be. If we look back to 9/11 in fifty years will there still be people who view the Middle East as the land of terrorists?

It already seems like we have taken the steps in the right direction and for today there is truth to Margaret Atwoods quote. Tomorrow may be different.

From BTB.

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