Sunday soapbox

Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.

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7 Responses to Sunday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    Most of the problems in life are because of two reasons: we act without thinking or we keep thinking without acting.

    Platitudinous pap – just an empty slogan, words used by those of wealth and privilege to tell the poor that is their own fault and due to their inadequacies they are that way as they continue prey upon them

  2. homepaddock says:

    I’ll accept platitudinous, but I read it as an encouragement to anyone rather than an attack on a particular group.

  3. TraceyS says:

    The second part of that quote, “…we keep thinking without acting”, has a similar message to:

    “All that it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” (Burke).

    Who would blame the girl for not being able to overcome her problems? It is those around her who notice things are not right and do nothing about it who perpetuate the problems she faces.

    In the movie is it not the Aunt and Mother whose actions and/or inactions create the situation for Lilya? Would things have turned out the same for her if she’d not been abandoned, or if she were abandoned and someone took action to help her?

  4. Andrei says:

    You know Ele, I responded the way I did, perhaps because of some scars on my own soul – but in particular, not for my own wounds but for those of another who I encountered morning, as I do from time to time when she is overwhelmed by her pain and takes it to exactly the right place, even though there is no magic wand there that can be waved.

    Not much I or anybody else can do (I can’t tell the story and it is not entirely unique, the video is a clue though)

    Anway we don’t get to choose where and when we are born, nor who our parents are – we get dealt a hand at birth and we have got to play it as best we can.

    And when those who struck lucky in the lottery of life sneer at those who didn’t it pushes my buttons

    That latest saga that has our elite chatterers doing what they do best is, of course, a youtube video of a drunk nine year old boy.

    And this will lead to primping, preening, and posturing in Parliament, no doubt, and quite likely to new laws and restrictions which will achieve nothing – not a thing of value and maybe do more harm than good because the answer to these issues do not lie in laws and enforcers of laws but these are the only things the born to rule types understand – alas.

    But take it as read that most the problems that people encounter in life are not a result of those two reasons, there are not pithy fortune cookie solutions to them and that sometimes the options in solving them are all bad.

  5. homepaddock says:

    Thanks for taking the time to explain why you reacted so strongly. I use the quotes on these posts to add a bit of interest, make people think or spark a conversation, it’s never to sneer.

    I am very aware not everyone has the luck to be born to parents who love each other and their children; who nurture and encourage them, establish boundaries and consequences for breaching them; instil values and provide guidance . . . the lack of those basic necessities are where many, maybe most, problems start.

  6. Andrei says:

    “All that it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”

    True Tracey – and the pages of history record many who have confronted evil and paid the ultimate price.

    But how many times do you suppose you have observed something that is wicked, evil and wrong and not even noticed it?

    If you had been lived as a nice gentile middle class lady in Mobile 200 years ago, you would have had a black woman slave to do your washing and cook your meals and when you were out in the street you would have seen men used as beasts of burden being driven with whips and you wouldn’t have batted an eyelid.

    What wrong things might your eyes be closed to today?

  7. TraceyS says:

    But remember, Andrei, the same master who used men as beasts and provided the domestic slaves at home would also have encountered that nice, gentile middle-class woman in her bedroom at night. Ignorance of another’s pain, turning of a blind-eye, is often because a person is too afraid to confront their own pain first. But we must. As with so many things, it is easier if someone else goes first.

    In answer to your last question, many things. But not as many as some eyes might miss.

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