I started writing this a couple of weeks ago: Men all over the planet are fighting and killing each other for power. In Yemen, for instance – they are pounding each other for power, with especially the Saudis using American weapons for this killing. We make a lot of money selling weapons to the Saudis and many others. Why do we do that? Does it make any sense at all? Let them make their own weapons – or let them use rocks and sticks. Why do we think it is okay to support this behavior?
More to the point – why do we women allow this to go on? Are we crazy? Are we so beaten down by our dreary cultures that we don’t have the energy to stand up?
This is so wasteful. Look at Lebanon – piles of rubble from an explosion caused by leaders not paying attention to a bad situation at their waterfront. Look at Syria – piles of rubble caused because folks stood up against a dictator – who would rather see his country destroyed than find a way to share power. As though he is the only person in that country who can be the leader. Especially in Syria – destroying big apartment buildings that cost millions of dollars. Now all the rubble is likely to end up in the landfill, and if re-building ever happens, and if there are ever people who want to live there, the country will have to spend its resources on new materials to do that.
And of course chaos there has spread, so now the Kurds and the Turks and Isis are all working against each other – to gain what, exactly?
All this while we are in the middle of our energy and global warming crises! What is wrong with us women that we tolerate that behavior? I know we are smarter than this, more conservative, in the sense that we understand the monetary wastefulness of all this destruction, let alone what it does to our children, to our families, to our lives. And for what? Block after block after block of destruction. People depressed, scared, injured, unable to function.
Our money, our energy, our lives would be so much better spent on books, on playgrounds, on health care, on creating beautiful lives for each other.
Why don’t we just stand up and say STOP? Why don’t we just quit tolerating this insane behavior. This wasting of human lives and bodies, wasting of our ability to move forward on saving the planet from its own destruction, and on turning around the wasting and stunting of our children’s lives.
Think about it, women and sane men. What if we all just stood up and said STOP? And held firm, just quit tolerating this insane behavior. The world would indeed change.
Look now at Israel and Palestine. Were women just born to stand around and be devastated, holding the dead bodies of our children? Is that what we came here for? Or did we come here to stand and not move an inch further, not allowing one more inch of territory to become chaotic? Are we ready to stand?