My Friend Leitrim, World Peace and Michael Jackson

19 May

One of the people i most admire is my very lovely friend, Leitrim. You may’ve guessed he is an Irish man, and not just because that’s what it says on his birth certificate. He is (deservedly, i might add) very proud of his country, and he has a very strong sense of its’ culture and history.

He is a philosopher, poet, author and one of the most passionate activists i have the pleasure of calling friend. I respect him very much and love him even more.

One of the things we disagree on (sort of) is how peace is ever likely to be achieved in this confusing world of ours.

Leitrim recognises the importance of understanding past conflict in order to find conflict resolution. I do too, but i also think that, at some point somewhere, a line must be drawn if there is any hope of moving forward.

He often gets into trouble because he can seem aggressive toward English people, as he feels the effects of the oppression and violence toward his country very deeply.

I can’t and i won’t even pretend to fully understand the conflict between England and Northern Ireland, or The Palestinians and Israelis, or any other longstanding conflicts in history. I am not that educated; i catch the news a couple of times a week and try to stay abreast of issues concerning peace, because i feel it’s my obligation, as a peace-loving citizen of the earth. But that’s about as far as it goes.

But i do understand eternal and universal laws, and one of them is this;

Hatred perpetuates hatred. Only Love can dispel hate.

So many times, in interviews from the frontlines of various wars i’ve seen  (by AMAZINGLY brave reporters who we should all thank for ensuring this shit gets out there), people have said “We will kill them because they killed our fathers…”.

Where does it stop, this tit for tat?

In the next news report, you might see the same person weeping with terrible grief, because now their children or other family members have been killed,  again in retaliation.

When Leitrim and i discuss this, i tell him i think he is perpetuating the hatred, by continuing to hold colonialism against the new generation, our own generation. I didn’t and wouldn’t do anything to hurt anyone.

He tells me that it’s still going on (which it is; Iraq, Afghanistan).

I admit (sadly and shamefully), yeah it is, but not in MY name. And i remind him that the biggest protest in British history was against the war in Iraq.

We remember that we’re both on the same side; the side of Peace, Love and Understanding. We talk about how ‘they’ (the government, the faceless nameless corporations, the arms dealers, the oil sellers, the Bilderberg group, the capitalist bastards,  and others whose agenda is money, power and  a New World Order) want us to be divided, want us to be in fear. Fear is the best method of controlling the masses, of keeping us in poverty, in conflict, in work, paying taxes so we can go bomb poor people, or sell arms to people who will.

I tell Leitrim that i think he is unknowingly buying into their gobshite and perpetuating their hate and fear by holding the new generation of English people responsible. But that’s only cos I’m a nobber who must have the last word.

Leitrim smiles cos he knows that i know this, and we have another drink. Or something like that.

The point I’m trying to make is it has to stop somewhere, and ‘they’ aren’t going to do it for us, or make it easy, because it’s not in their interests. We have to stand up and refuse to let hate, ignorance and intolerance dominate our lives and our society, we must refuse pass hate on to another set of children.

We can celebrate our differences and our similarities. We don’t have to fight. I don’t care about countries, borders, lines someone drew on a map once. Nationality, race, colour, creed, class, lifestyle is generally irrelevant. We are all earthlings. We are all one.

One of the biggest problems facing world peace is that they’ve got us believing it can’t be done. I don’t matter. What one person thinks won’t make a difference.

That’s what they want you to think. It makes it easier for them to swagger around the world, killing who they want, taking what they want.

It’s bullshit.

I’m starting with the man in the mirror,

I’m asking him to change his ways.

No message could’ve been any clearer;

If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change!

Who would’ve thought I’d be quoting MJ?! :s

Theres literally millions of us. There’s probably only a few hundred thousand of them. What you think and do does matter, because united, we are powerful and nothing can stop us.

Stay awake, stay thinking.

I don’t care that i sound naive, or idealistic, or ignorant, or stupid. If someone can show me another way to stop the senseless killings, I’d listen, with open eyes and an open mind.

But no-one has yet.

Martin Luther King had a pretty awesome dream, and so do i.

A world where no mother has to watch her child starve to death, a world where every child has an education, a home, a community, and never has to worry about their town, their families, their friends, being blown to smithereens. A world where war and poverty are shameful and redundant relics from the past, a nightmare we’re all better off forgetting.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time, by one of the most prolific philosophers of recent times (stick with it, it’s lengthy but worth it!):

The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think that it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question – is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us. They say ‘Hey! Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride.’ And we…kill those people. Ha ha ha. ‘Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride. SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and family. This just has to be real.’ It’s just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter because: it’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings, and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourselves off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here’s what you can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defence each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, for ever, in peace.


2 Responses to “My Friend Leitrim, World Peace and Michael Jackson”

  1. roughseasinthemed May 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I thought it only took one generation, eg mine, has no grief or anst against Germany for WW2. Resentment is bitter and dangerous. Other peoples’ conflicts are not ours, our role is to leave that behind. Love that cartoon though!

    • fringewalk May 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      Couldn’t agree more! Just wish the rest of the world did!

      What about football? When we play Germany, it always seems to be more important, even if it’s a friendly match. Least its channelled constructively.

      But i do think racism and xenaphobia are still rampant in our society. tends to be more focused on the muslim population these days 😦

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