I feel so so lucky. Lucky because of many things. The fact I can take this time to travel with no plan just going anywhere that I feel is so much fun. But more so today and everyday these past weeks I have felt extremely lucky to be born in England.
We have so much as do most countries in the western world. How dare we moan about our situation. I forget who it was but I remember watching a comedy show and one of the things this bloke said “That England have the poshest poor people in the world. I mean they have sky TV (Cable TV) for goodness sake!” And although we all laughed at the moment he cheekily tells this joke, it is actually true.
There are people in England that claim benefits because they are too nervous to work, so they claim their benefits for anxiety and never have to go out side there free home. A cab driver in Wales told me that people can claim incapacity benefit (note: alcoholism is a recognized illness), so 'we the people" have to pay not only for them to live out there entire lives but also to be totally trolleyed while there doing it. Hopefully this illustrates how well we are looked after.What is going on?
Imagine running for your life on a daily basis because you want peace and fairness, dodging bullets, bombs and watching your loved ones blown to pieces. Now these people have a good right to moan a tad, don't you think? When I was a youngster my Nan would always say when I refused to eat a certain thing on my plate, what about the people in Africa that don't have any food? I didn't truly understand how much reality comes with that comment. Now I think about the young lady I met in Uganda who was found literally living on a huge pile of rubbish, sifting through it for anything to help her survive a bit longer and she was not the only one. The list goes on and on, there is so much hurt in the world, some people were just unlucky and born into a difficult life I guess.
I'm just saying I am grateful that we as a country are in a position to help those that need it. Its not fair to say everyone is taking the piss out of the system because there are people that literally cannot go to work and of course need that kind of help.
The same is true on a global level. We must reconsider our values and extend that helping hand to all nations who, through years of western colonialism, have remained in poverty while there precious resources have been exported yet none of the profits have been ploughed back to build functioning civil societies. For many years western governments have propped up hard line dictators and regimes in the Middle East to secure vital oil supplies, but the now the chickens are coming home to roost.
There is always hope and change is always possible.
Thank God we were born in a country that can provide as much care to our people as we do. For instance, the NHS … how can any one moan about free health care? But people do. We are lucky! Enough bitching and moaning people!
After watching all this going on in the world with Japan and New Zealand going through such turmoil, and hearing the stories of Paul’s experience when he was with the rebels in Libya, it just puts things into perspective.
Check out these amazing photos of the uprising in Lybia. Taken by my good friend Paul Conroy.