The Lie.


Did it all happen so fast?

I don’t believe this.

It probably seemed fast to those who did not see it coming.  It probably looked like it happened overnight.  There is so much going on in the world right now that speaks to what will happen and yet people refuse to see.  They don’t want to interrupt their TV show, or put down their credit card, or stop talking about their next cruise.

When you are comfortable, other people’s pain and discomfort is an inconvenience and we are seduced by our conveniences.  We define our lives by them.

Children dying on the other side of the world don’t matter anywhere near as much as our children.  Their poverty makes them less human, of lesser value.  Homeless people’s need to relieve themselves is disgusting.  They aren’t humiliated to have to sit in their own filth on a cold street and beg.

We believe we are safe.   We have friends and family, look at our social pages and how many likes we have?  Facebook tells us our popularity is climbing.  We don’t see that our own apathy is the very weapon that will lull us into not knowing.

 I don’t believe that all the Germans hated the Jewish people.  I do believe that more of them were afraid to speak out or stand up to defend them because people who can dehumanize any other human being to the point of not caring or seeing they are in pain, are never going to find their compassion when doing so might jeopardize their own lives.  People look away from anyone who is not themselves.  Even when they were friends and family just moments before.

Seeing is a daily practice.  You have to see, in order to feel.  You have to feel in order to care.  You have to care in order to be able to do something meaningful.

I thought I looked and saw many things until I went out in the woods one day with my husband and his training as soldier and someone who can live in the bush taught me to see more.  I have learned that the more I develop all my senses, the more I see.  The more I learn, the more I see.  The more I am open to life, the more I see.  The more I develop spiritually, the more I see.

We have to see the ghettos, the deportations and the sealed cattle cars.  We have to see the people who are our leaders and controlling the world.  We have to see what is happening all around us and just because we are blindly unaware that there is any plan does not mean that one does not exist.

Going to church is pointless if all we do is worship.  Becoming enlightened is pointless if all we do is take drugs to allow us to see other worlds or spend all our time meditating.  Being filled with love is pointless if all we do is sit and enjoy it for ourselves or preach that love heals all and there is no evil.

It happened in a blink of an eye in terms of time.  It took mere “nano seconds” on the clock of mankind’s history for the Holocaust to occur but the damage and the scar is permanent.  It cannot happen again only if we woke up, only if we are awake.

Evil does not need to wait for the night to slip into the dark.  It can sit beside you and feed off your elite sense of satisfaction with your own blessed life, IF you will not see.

2 thoughts on “The Lie.

  1. I respectfully disagree on a few points…

    The world is both the same and different than when the Holocaust took place. Americans didn’t know (or enough Americans didn’t know) the extent of what was happening when it did. Information wasn’t instantly transmitted like today; you still needed physical telegraph or phone wire. And while we are much more aware of events—both local and not—than in previous times, we must also acknowledge there is far more to addressing or resolving issues than simply being aware of them.
    Yes, I acknowledge that children are still dying on the other side of the world. But a lot fewer of them are dying than even a few years ago. Improvements in nutrition, maternal mortality, infant mortality, education (especially for girls), disease eradication, access to contraceptives, basic sanitation, etc, etc—has saved & continues to save the lives of and increasing number of children every year. As I write this, scores of American volunteers rush to assist Nepal in the aftermath of that country’s recent earthquake—people do care.
    The point I really want to make, is that issues are a lot more complex than simply being aware of them. And we easily become overwhelmed and apathetic if we keep trying to expand our awareness of suffering in the world. Everything is too much for even a large group of people to solve; most of the time all we can do is our own small part, on a few issues we can constructively focus on.
    And with all due respect, but if I did have kids, they would definitely be more important to me than anybody else’s kids; that comes with being a parent.



    • Thank you so much for your comments and thoughts. I am sure that many will agree with your observations and share your experience.

      I am not American and was not intending to direct my comments to Americans. I am a Canadian living in Australia, who has traveled quite a bit of the world. I was speaking more of a global responsibility and certainly am not interested in suggesting blame be laid as much as wanting to open a discussion about learning from history, having honest discussion about it, and moving forward with the intent and belief that we can make things better.

      I want people to feel empowered.

      My other blogs speak to exactly the points you raise regarding the enormity of the problems facing us and that we err in thinking we cannot make a difference, because we don’t have to solve it all, we just have to work within our own sphere of influence. Being aware is just the beginning. You have to be aware to even know where to begin.

      I was thinking more of the people who make a practice out of not being aware. They don’t want to know what is happening in the world or their community. They don’t care who gets elected. They don’t worry about others rights, health or safety.

      Of course there are people in the world who care and who do incredible work, without wanting or seeking recognition and the Americans have been a big part of that.

      The only thing I would disagree with you on is how much suffering there is in the world today. There is more poverty, more disease, more abuse, more war. Much much more. We don’t even realize how affluent we are in comparison to the majority of the world.

      The World Economic Forum stated:

      Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.

      The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.

      The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.

      Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.

      The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.

      In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.

      That just deals with poverty, then you look at disease, human trafficking and sex slavery, drugs, gangs, wars ….

      And one final comment, as a parent you actually learn compassion for all children. It is because you have a child that you understand the pain of losing a child. When people make comments like it is no big deal for Muslims to have their children blown to bits because they don’t love their children in the same way we love ours, that is not a parent loving their child. It is cold indifference to the suffering of other human beings.

      We have so much ability to fix the way things are, but it requires that we all step up to the plate, and do our bit, and be willing to grow an learn.

      I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your comments, and the added focus they have provided to the discussion.


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