Bye bye United Kingdom, interesting times

I realized this yesterday and commented on some fb posts but didn’t really hit me until now: Britain is no more, it’s dead. I never expected to see this in my lifetime.

There’s only England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland (Northern and Republic) and of course, Gibraltar (and others but less important). This was decided in the Brexit referendum yesterday which ostensibly was about UK exit from the EU but, as sometimes happens with  big decisions, the repercussions are bigger than the intended results. Now it’s just a matter of time for the official death certificate but (Great) Britain / United Kingdom died yesterday.

Scotland will leave the UK, join the EU and prosper. If the Irish can overcome their differences they could do well also (a bit harder for sure) but England will suffer and Wales will suffer the most. If Gibraltar leaves as well (I’ve no idea, it’s a quite UK nationalistic society from what little I know) the no-more-united Kingdom will lose a major strategic foothold which will be eaten up by Spain before the end of this decade.

This to me is a much bigger event than the UK leaving the EU.

Will we be ruled by fear? 

Once again fear and hate propaganda won. We’ve seen too often how the extreme (and not so extreme) right uses fear of the unknown as a tool to manipulate the population.

The simple question is: How can we counter this tactic? I very much doubt that there is a simple answer though but it’s probably the most important answer or solution that we need, unless we want to see the 1930s repeated all over Europe and more.

It’s not going to be easy because the fear mongers are pandering to one of our most basic survival instincts, fear. Their task has been relatively easy, ours is not. But together we can do it if only because this is what humanity and human society is and always has been about: To overcome our base instincts and become something more, intelligent beings in a rational society.

This is a cry for help. To all that want our world to be governed by information over ignorance, of rationality rather than stupidity, of thought over basic instincts. We must work together and find a way to counter this menace otherwise we’re royally fucked. Continue reading “Will we be ruled by fear? “

Why it makes no sense to talk about “helping them at home”

Why not help them at home?

It makes no sense to talk about “helping them at home” because:
1) they don’t have a home anymore and
2) if they somehow manage to build a new home the odds are it will get bombed again. If not by their countrymen or neighbors, then by us, Nato and ‘friends’.

Please stop being stupid and scared, it’s not going to make the world better, it will make it worse, also in your home.