TRAGEDY

In light of recent events that have transpired in the world, from terrorists attacks to shootings, only one word can catagorise such a mass of devastation: tragedy.

One of the many questions that have been asked is the simple why. Why did this happen? Why would anyone do such a thing? Why does this still happen?

Terrorists attacks have occurred for a long time and a word that gets thrown up with the rest is religion. These acts of terror are masked behind religion as a scapegoat and this then gives people a scapegoat to blame. These people are not religious because to be part of something such as religion is to connect with people for a hope in the greater good.

If the majority of people cannot use religion to blame then the next scapegoat ready to be hung are migrants. In the EU referendum in which a meager 52% of the British population voted to leave, one of the main factors besides the £350 million plan towards the NHS (which has now been dropped in haste) was taking back our country and control of our boarders! To reiterate the King of words, Mr. Donald Trump, let’s make Britain great again! However, at this precise moment in time, our political security is hanging on the balance of survival and it has been reported that incidents of racism and racial attacks have increased since the result. This result which has shocked many, could be described as an opening of a closet in which certain people feel that this result has determined some kind ofacceptance of spreading hate.

In 1945, after the horror and devastation of World War 2, Britain opened its arms to refugees that had been treated in a way that could only be described as inhumane. However, according to an article by Anne Karpf in the Guardian, “rabid intolerance has a strong British pedigree”, this is not to say that everything we’ve ever know is a lie, but one must take off their rose tinted spectacles and see an ugly side of our culture that we daren’t admit. Theresa May, our newly appointed Prime Minister, mentioned in her bid for the position the desire for EU citizens to remain living in our country and to myself this seems like common decency rather than an action deserving gratitude. But is this what our country has come to? Most of these people that have come seeking refuge in our country are migrants, they are people that have fled from their country because countries such as ours feel that violence and attack is the only option left to retreat to. Have we not seen from the Chilcot report that our answers to these problems are not just unlawful but morally wrong.

Tragedy is universal and so is suffering.

Below I have inserted one of my favourite poems by Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me –

See more at: http://hmd.org.uk/resources/poetry/first-they-came-pastor-martin-niemoller#sthash.pIDTZovy.dpuf

Emily Simms: 10:58

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