Linked with Pablo Ouziel – Spain.
Published on Online Journal, by Pablo Ouziel, May 14, 2008.
In the chaotic West it is often difficult to gain the attention of the public, but one must be committed to trying due to the severity of our current existential crisis.
We are psychotic as a society, we have become so dumb and manipulable that we are truly being led towards digging our own graves and smiling while working. We cannot go on like this. We cannot pretend that we are a decent society with good intentions any longer. We are not! The West as a civilization is corrupt and decrepit; we are not the bearers of morality in the eyes of the other peoples. We are not an exemplary civilization which people admire and adulate. We are too arrogant and ignorant to realize, that we are seen by the others as the enemy, because we are.
As a collective of people, the West believes itself to be the holder of the truth, the one which understands what is good for the world. This West doesn’t exist however, it is a figment of our imagination, a division which has been indoctrinated to make us feel we are superior …
… In the industrialized information society we only have two ways of offering to help. Either we come with the barrel of the gun backed by fake diplomacy, destroying countries to borrow their resources or we send our NGOs to help and then our companies follow for the reconstruction, building factories and offices for our companies, resorts for the rich, and retirement homes for the old. Either way, the locals always end up working for us. I have seen it with my own eyes, I do not need the television to tell me.
Once in Laos, I saw a group of fat rich and ugly European NGO directors getting drunk inside a posh restaurant, discussing the future development of that country. In the meantime, the local chauffer waited outside for hours in his impeccable white uniform with white gloves, in an impeccably clean white luxury 4×4. That pretty much defines, through my own experience, the way we like to go around the world helping. It is sad but it is very true.
I understand why the Myanmar government is rejecting our help. This doesn’t mean that I agree with dictatorships, it just means that we should look at our own belly before observing that of our neighbor’s. People in Haiti or Gaza a few weeks ago, or today would welcome the help we are willing to offer Myanmar. Give it to them, after all there are so many to help in the world, that we shouldn’t be making politicized media events out of the misery of others. (full text).