You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Gandhi
Enough is enough.
Today I really struggle to believe the extent of the capabilities of the human. Divided we stand, as individuals, accountable for our actions and with emotion, but as a group this identity is lost and we become a mob of heartlessness and destruction.
You hear on the news about civil unrest and rioting in countries that you might have visited, but you never expect it to be on your doorstep.
But this is something that we face in the South of England today. Since the weekend the rioting has been getting worse, and last night fire crews in London were called to over two thousand incidents of fires across the capital. Two thousand separate fires threatening the safety and livelihood of innocent people. Sixteen thousand policemen will patrol the streets tonight; sixteen thousand men and women innocently doing their job and serving their country, yet at the same time putting themselves in imminent danger of harm.
And it’s scary. It’s people rioting; pushing against the errors and flaws of the government, sparked by the shooting of a suspected drug dealer. The two incidents seem to have very little synergy, yet the death of a drug dealer has set it all off. A drug dealer who was shot by the police, but not in cold blood; do these rioters not take the time to think about the fact that if someone fires a bullet, this might happen? One of the policemen had a bullet embedded in his walkie talkie. That’s hardly the behaviour of an innocent bystander, shot for no reason. Where there is smoke there are flames; the irony of the phrase not completely lost on me this morning as I watch London burn.
Why do these mindless thugs not realise that they are only hurting themselves, and other innocent people? Torch shops, break glass, ruin communities and when the situation is calmed, what’s left? Borough upon borough of destruction. Where will you get your shopping from then?
I do find it annoying however the way that the government are choosing to deal with the situation. There have been suggestions of dealing with the issues with water cannons, a method that is implemented in other countries, or getting the army out onto the streets. We have a world class army that are trained for these sorts of situations, and the Minister for Law so saying that ‘we do not use that sort of tactic in the UK’. Potentially why we are in this position at the moment really.
As I watch the trouble spreading from area to area across the capital, it just makes me think. What happened to the country that these people were once so proud of? And to peoples humanity? When you see the little old man on the news whose shop has been burnt to the ground, why do you not feel compassion? My dad always taught me there was a time and a place for grievance. Whatever the issue, there truly is never an excuse for senseless vandalism and unprovoked violence.
camila-batmanghelidjh’s opinion – really interesting post.