Now Is Not The Time To Be A Bystander

I have writer’s block. I don’t know what to say or how to say it, all I know is that say it I must. So I’m here writing something that relatively few people will read in a desperate attempt to make me feel like I am somehow helping. That’s what writing is, unless you are one of the lucky few who rise to the top and hence gain a greater voice.

Every time I try to write this it sounds too simplistic. But to some extent I can’t help that, so I will just say it. Now is the time when we all must draw the line, and refuse to be bystanders to the horrors that are engulfing our globe. Rather than being the “haves and have nots” we will be “those who speak out” and “those who are complicit”. Be one who speaks.

Daesh are using women and children as sex slaves. Trump has been given the keys to the White House despite the majority of Americans voting for another candidate and Hillary winning the popular vote. Our voting system is broken, it no longer maintains democracy. Putin is becoming dangerously bold and France is on the verge of going to the far right. Everywhere we look, horrors are taking place. It is no longer the time when we can say — sit back and see how things go — — We can see where things are going and it is time we put an end to it.

“But how can I help?” you say. I know. I feel it too. The helpless despair. But there are things we can do. My family does not have a lot of money, but we have donated £25 to help the Syrians — as much as we can afford. When we can afford more we will donate more. You donate what you can — £5-£100 and more, they can use it. Donate elsewhere, sign the petitions that roll past your eyes on social media, fact check the memes you see circulating around. Most importantly, call out racism and misogyny when you see it. No matter what. Even if you lose friends over it — if those friends are supporting the destruction of other human beings then they are not the friends you should be cultivating. It is only by the majority of good hearted people refusing to accept these things as the norm, will we have any hope at all. And you can do that whether you’ve got money to donate or not. You can write a blog, tweet etc. Speak to the man sitting homeless on the street corner, give him the time of day. Have a voice, help sway public mass consciousness into a kinder frame of thought. Now is not the time to be a bystander. That time has passed and we are now in an active state of global crisis. We must be just as active in return. Now is the time to stand and make yourself counted among the many who are trying to stop this wave of fascism. Lately World War II, and the actions of the Nazis, have been much on my mind. The experiments they carried out on live humans, little children. The mass rape, the torture. How is it that today’s headlines read so similarly? Does no one else see what we are drifting into? Now is the time to say this far and no further.

“First they came for the Muslims, and we said “Not this time motherfucker.”


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