PRESENTPosted by Cristina 06 Jul, 2017 05:24PM
I asked this question of my husband a couple days ago. I feel I might've been. And this is sad, firstly because snobbery isn't something I ever condoned and secondly because I am SO NOT rich!!!
The question was prompted by two of the recent disasters happening across the world. Grenfel and Pedrógão Grande
. You probably heard of the first but not of the second so I've left you a link.
Every year in Portugal there are a lot of Forest fires, some of natural causes and some set alight by arsonists. The reality is that the Government of the last (EVER) 20 or 30 years has done little to address reasons, prevention and policing of this matter. Moneys get lost, are fraudulently spent and policies are not adequate.
This year in particular, the number of deaths was really high and the number of people who lost everything they had is terrifying.
What you need to know about Portugal is that our welfare system is a poor baby in rags and our support systems are made of straws. People used to live off the land and therefore everyone always had some vegetables and a couple of chickens they could eat so the birth of the welfare system has been slow and filled with gross mistakes.
People are losing their lives, their loved ones, their belongings and their often modest houses they have worked a life to build also often with their own hands. People have lost animals and crops of which they depended to survive. Their houses weren't insured, or many of them at least and those that were well... insurance companies...
In the UK, within 3 weeks people are being re-homed. They were put up in a hotel with food and basic comforts after such a tragic experience.
These offers are being rejected. En masse. I feel, from the bottom of my souls, like shouting WTF PEOPLE?!
Only about 10% of the offers accepted?! What am I missing?
Free rent for a whole year and then reduced rent at state prices in privately rented accommodation and all within the area (according to the realms of possibility)... there is money available for furnishings and donations have exceeded the necessities...
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THESE PEOPLE MUST BE FEELING NOR DO I PRETEND TO.
But, and as you can imagine there needs to be a but, how about the residents of Pedrógão Grande? I am leaving war torn and hunger stricken populations here for the sake of fairness and to distance myself from extremes.
How about those people who have lost children and husbands and wives to terminal illnesses and are now too depressed to work and live their life normally? Are they getting a free years rent in a decent place?
How about the soldiers who have seen and done things no human should have to? Are those?
How about those who have been rejected by their families and ostracised by their friends for their choice in partner, faith, sexual partner and are now suicidal? Will those?
Isn't it time we all counted our blessings and faced our failings as opposed to counting other peoples failings and seeing only ourselves as blessings on the world?
I often hear my own thoughts and feelings and always imagine them coming from a 17th century rich, fat, idiotic court aristocrat who's out of touch with the pleb. Hence the question...
But I am the pleb, I am not an aristocrat and know only too well the struggles of the "lower" class.
What does this make me?
- I like to think, someone with character but then again, am I only seeing myself as a blessing on the world whilst counting the failures of those around me?! -
PRESENTPosted by Cristina 14 Jun, 2017 04:19PM
can't help but have tears in my eyes as I keep reading how people's desperation
unfolded last night in London. As a mother reading how people were throwing
their children out of the window and screaming for someone to save them...
A baby was thrown out of the 9th/10th floor and caught by someone on the
ground - kudos to you sir.
could've been prevented!!!
need to start doing the jobs they are paid to do and stop ticking boxes.
care less if current regulations allow for the use of some materials... as a
surveyor or builder or whatever the fuck you are, you should know that if the
regulations said it was ok to kill a child it still wouldn't be ok, so, why are
you making these decisions which cost people their lives???
I had a
manager like that once. A complete incompetent putz who only cared about
ticking the box and getting his... I told him what I thought, did things
according to my conscience and eventually left the job as the price of my soul
is much, much greater than a poorly paid status job.
about you? What is the price for your soul?
PRESENTPosted by Cristina 14 Jun, 2017 12:30PM
I feel I need to say a few words.
Not the best start to any sentence or any conversation and certainly not in order to open a dialogue; these are words often said before an argument or a RANT and with that being said, here it goes.
My political affiliations in this country mean squat and when I say squat I mean didly squat!!! This is because as an Immigrant I can't vote - not in much that matter to me anyway, but that is an entirely different rant.
I mentioned my lack of political affiliations only out of a desire not to be publicly flogged as I am about to irritate a few people, hopefully not as much as I am irritated by them.
YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BE WRONG!
Let's just put that out there. People are allowed to be wrong and they are allowed to be right, they are even allowed to be one and think they are the other.
I believe in "live and let live" and political, social and scientific discussion which drives progress but... and there is a big BUT as always...
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE MISINFORMED and still be wrong, thinking you are right and believing everyone else is wrong and belittle them for it!!!
This is indeed the misinformation age, one where information right, wrong, opinion based, hate based and purely troll created is readily available everywhere and anywhere anytime and all the time.
It is increasingly difficult to sift through what was meant to inform us and keep us on top of the news, the political landscape and the world in general as most of us don't understand most of it anyway, and the bits we do understand are tainted with our own opinions and those of contradictory experts who arrive at different conclusions with exactly the same evidence available to them.
YOU, however, as a sane human, cannot read the tittle of a newspaper article and come up with an insult nigh instantly and feel you are now clever 'cause you read the paper, when that paper is a sensationalist load of crap with evocative tittles designed to MISinform the feeble and lazy minded such as yourself who wasn't capable of reading the article only to understand the title is not even remotely related and overly misinterpreted out of context.
I will leave you with the example that prompted this - and to which my intro applies. I read someone (a person from my country, I'll just come right out and say it) insulting the PM because of the following example and have an actual discussion on social media about how she should be shot or put in prison for this or something of the sort; This is the second time this matter has crossed my social networking pages, and my temper, in the same amount of weeks.
Theresa May is accused of threatening to use nuclear strikes which would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent man, women and children.
She was asked this question in Parliament and that was her answer more or less verbatim. She offered her quick YES answer and went on to briefly say that the point of a deterrent is for the "enemies" to believe that we could and would use it as a country.
WHAT DID YOU EXPECT HER TO SAY IN A TELEVISED DEBATE?! NO?!
Sure, let's tell the enemies of the "free world / western world", whatever denomination you prefer, that it's ok to nuke us, we wouldn't feel ok with nuking them as they also have innocent people in their country!!! There's a strategy you clever, clever people!!!
That question was either a very stupid one, or a very cleverly put one as she had no possible way of escaping serious backlash whatever her answer and the newspaper titles would either read as they did or "THERESA MAY ENDANGERS COUNTRY, SAYS ITS OK TO NUKE THE UK"...
Let me know what you think about this - not the nuking but the principle behind the post. B good, B well, B happy