I get it I really do, we need to help others around us with the privileges that we have. The advantages through being born in rich areas that live in peace and have sleepy suburbs, and because of this we should give all our pennies and concern to the rest of the world:
“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven”
This is a philosophy that has holds us in our society. We give and we will be rewarded in heaven. Admittedly with the advancement of atheism, the acknowledgement turns to the short term happiness and a feeling of self-worth. However, just as a voter feels hard done by by a party that they use their valuable vote for, and that party does not follow through, I feel this same disappointment. I see no difference in Africa, I see no difference in India, all I see is that on Comic relief they show how much good our money could do one year only for the next for it to be in the same situation. One school is built, few families are saved, but more importantly more money is needed along but it can only be achieved with a lot more emotional investment and it does not take much for a person with a little bit of intelligence and a good sense of making a film to know how to manipulate the world into putty in their hands. The video that is freshest, and is actually the inspiration for this blog piece is of course Kony 2012…
The reactions have been right to the information that people have been given, and i want to make it clear that I do not condone in any way the suffering that happens as mentioned in this video or otherwise. The aim of this post is to try to get people to think for themselves, be skeptical. When I sat down to educate myself of the newest viral that had sparked outrage around the social media world I could not help but feel manipulated. His cute blonde son helps tell the story of how “bad men” hurt others, and it is clear that I am not the only one who feels this way:
Yes we see it on a personal level, but if we saw the facts in front of us I am sure it would not sparka viral wildfire like it has done.
To show exactly how we, as the public can be manipulated, I will use this example:
This is the experiment where, upon given the right information, the public would want to ban water (or dihydrogen monoxide) as we are only given the negatives of what it can do.
As for the Kony video it does not take much research into the youtube comments to find people calling for war. I am sure if you look at what people were saying before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you will find similar comments in the press of how we must go to war as a retaliation. We must get Saddam out as he is a monster, it is our duty as the West. Now it seems as though Iraq was an oil field and the war was a process of the West asserting its influence over the East.
We all are clever, we can all deduce what we wish and what we want out of a situation, but before we just hear what a cute blonde child has to say, it would be nice if we could question why we are being told this by a child and not an adult. Whether we are watching something telling us dihydrogen monoxide is dangerous, or whether we are reading between the lines and seeing that we are really reading about water.