What happened to “Common Sense?” There has been plenty of drama played out on the world stage recently and when following events one can’t help but raise this question when moving beyond the sensationalistic headlines of the latest atrocity, scandal or politically driven agenda.
We appear to be caught up in a self-perpetuating loop of duality in many important areas of life, but particularly recently in Freedom of Speech and Multiculturalism which demonstrates a complete lack of common sense.
Confusion reigns supreme it seems when one compares the Charlie Hebdo Massacres and the UK’s media and political response and the following news article headline from the Daily Mail On-Line dated 14th January:
“Branded RACIST at five: A little girl who said her friend was ‘brown’. A boy who asked a black child if he was from Africa. How teachers are reporting primary school pupils as bigots in official records”
also reported in other media outlets in the UK.
Whilst there is absolutely no defence of the atrocities committed against Charlie Hebdo employees, does anyone consider how “Freedom of Speech” is defended and protected by all political parties and institutions whilst at the same time children aged five or younger are being reported for innocently stating the obvious because their words are interpreted as racial discrimination?
How does one reconcile these opposing paradigms? It appears the more extreme events are the more common sense flies out of the window.
It is not only major events that hit the headlines that these contradictions abound; another example is the “obesity crisis;” again politicians et al wring their hands about this growing problem whilst cosying up to multi-national food corporations, some of whose own ignorance towards the nutritional value of their ingredients helps fuel this crisis. That does not imply that obese people do not share a responsibility for their own eating habits, but it illustrates the point I’m making.
The most glaring contradiction with ongoing and tragic results of course is “going to war to keep the peace” as did our UK government as allies to the US in Afghanistan and Iraq, for which a heavy and ongoing price is still being paid by people who are innocent and were powerless in the face of events beyond their control.
When one begins to seriously question “who benefits from these policies” it becomes challenging to see how fast we are creating an Orwellian World. Was he the odd ball anarchist he is purported to be or was he actually a seer in disguise?
Is this lack of common sense in politics and society generally the inevitable consequences of an unenlightened society? Or is it the result of vested interests and power taking precedent?
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Morpheus from the Matrix