Photos taken in New Zealand
Studying photojournalism reading the news is second nature to me (at least it should be. I admit I don’t do it thoroughly or often enough).
This morning I read an article in the Guardian about North Korea seemingly preparing their fourth nuclear test, and I also watched this video. I watched a North Korean soldier, blind with rage, aggressively shouting at the camera that he’s ready for war.
Yesterday I read a 19 pages long article in GEO about the food industry. It talks about children in Ivory Coast labouring for the chocolate we eat, the wretched lives of animals and their painful deaths (which we will never know about, but that is represented on the price tag), huge areas of rainforests and mangrove forests in South America and South East Asia being cut down (to make space for soy and palm oil plants to be cultivated).
Two days ago I came across a petition on facebook calling for H&M to pay their workers a decent loan. It made me think about people labouring for my clothes, living in poverty, dying or getting sick from toxic chemicals that they get in contact with during their work (e.g. on cotton plantations).
And a day before that my boyfriend told me that our neighbours got robbed. (I always thought our place was reasonably safe).
Well, all this might sound pretty pessimistic and depressing. That’s what it made me feel like: WTF? (sorry, but that’s the best and shortest way I can think of to express my feelings). It makes me feel sad, scared, angry.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to spread bad emotions - it’s just something I feel strongly about.
A lot of the time we live in this beautiful world of blogs and Pinterest, where everything seems to be inspiring, creative, entertaining. And that’s great. But there’s still a world out there, a real world that we live in. And what happens in that outside world affects all of us.
I don’t want this world to be blown up by nuclear bombs, or our great diverse nature to be destroyed.
God gave us this beautiful earth to live on that provides everything we need and that cares for us by giving us a place to live, and food to eat.
We have so much power, we basically reign over earth now. But instead of caring for it, we destroy it.
There are times where I feel so overwhelmed by all that CRAZY bad stuff happening in this world, and I wonder how can people even become like this?
Why are there people in this world that want war instead of peace? More cheap clothes at the expense of other people’s lives?
The examples I mentioned are just a fraction of what I feel like is going wrong. I bet you could list at least 10 more. I definitely could.
I haven’t found a perfect way to deal with all the craziness in the world yet.
I can only guess that if we start with ourselves we can make a change little by little. Be a bit more aware, be a bit more organic, be a bit more caring every day.
Now, I realise this post totally breaks the blogging rule of ‘only blogging about positive stuff’.
But really, that’s just a rule of the blogging world - as I said before, we all live in a real world, and that world doesn’t care about blogs’ rules.
If this is the platform I’ve created for myself on the internet, then I want to use this little space to talk about the things that really matter and that I care about.
I hope you care, too. :)
P.S. This reminds me of a tale:
One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’