I was on the phone to my baby sister the other day
She’s just turned 7 and is now asking all the questions of the world
Over the phone she tells me she found old toy guns in a box
Old toys belonging to my childhood..
She asks me, What if, as I get older I start playing with real guns
What if I start shooting real bullets..
Amused yet surprised by the philosophy in the mind of a little girl I reply
“Would you want me to play with real guns and start shooting people?”
She snaps back in shock and forbids me not to,
And explains how the Police would put me in prison for the rest of my life..
I tell her,
“What if the people I’m shooting are the baddies?”
She says, “No! You should just call the police, they can arrest them!”
I go quiet..
Observing the obedience and trust she has in the law and in the system of justice.
I ask her,
“What if the police can’t stop the baddies, what if they can’t help me?”
Then she goes quiet..
After some time thinking she tells me,
“If you do do it, Then I want you to run far far away so they don’t catch you”.
It’s amazing how a child warns an adult of self destruction..
Something we ‘adults’ fail to realize in the world and society we have built.
I’m sat here with an open book about bank regulation, along with pages of notes that i’ve been writing and looking at a laptop screen that’s too bright for my eyes in the morning..
Everyday is becoming a production target, working to meet deadlines and finishing the day with a satisfied output. We are utilized by corporate giants and government bodies to meet certain objectives to ‘fit’ into the programme that society has built for our lives.
I like how capitalism and freedom fit together like two lenses to create this vision of hopes and dreams, where a man can ascend to a life of lavish wealth and achieve self actualisation through hard work and ambition. Yet something’s missing…
I live in a digital generation, where energy is reused and the fashion is minimal. The problems of hunger and illness have been replaced with problems in paying off debts and how to overcome broken hearts in short lived relationships. The more I read about our society, the more I feel that we have narrowed our world, closing the blinds on what life really offers. We have become single units with an expiry date…
It pains me to know that my fathers’ fathers were more in tune to the notes that life composed for us. They were fishermen, artisans and warriors. Boundaries were set by how far they could travel before they were too old to return home to see their grandchildren. A world with no borders…
Living off the fruits that the universe created through astrological exothermic reaction, or maybe through an omniscient narrator, they were in the golden ages…
Danger was always present, from beasts of the wild and from marching armies of foreign land. But the people were so fine-tuned to the riches of life and to the beauty of the world they inhabited, that any threat to it’s harmony would bring out courageous warriors in them. For they truly loved their lives, and would die uncompromisingly for it to be passed on to their children.
They were physically beyond our typical desktop worker, and where as we go to a supermarket for food, they would set out with their sons in the hunt for their meal. Everything revolved around the values of family and in this day, even nucleus families struggle to maintain connection through the vast channels of globalisation. We watch YouTube videos trying to learn how to defend ourselves, and go to fitness programmes trying to combat obesity. We learn to cook by watching TV shows and printing recipes off websites. Our employers give us paid holidays where we fly out to man made resorts that offer high street shopping, clubs and pools by a beach. Why has the world become a shelf of products?
I’m sat here thinking about my forefathers, how they were young men already married with children, and far more established than I am. I wonder whether they were sat wondering how their childrens’ children would live…
I need to get back to my notes on bank regulation. I think im gonna eat.