Goodness me – what a crazy time the past 24 hours has been! I like to think that I can keep quiet and not comment…but I can’t. Frankly, I am appalled at some of the comments I have seen since the terrible event that occurred in Woolwich. Nobody should have their life ended in such a cruel and senseless manner, and I cannot begin to imagine what the family of that man must be feeling now. It was a disgusting attack, carried out by disgusting excuses for the human race.
But…and there is always a but…this was an isolated incident which occurred miles away from where the majority of the outraged people come from. Obviously venting your rage at such a terrible incident is fine – but just because the person killed was a soldier, makes it no more of an important death than many that occur on a daily basis. Directing your anger and vengeance towards a community of people who have absolutely no link with the crime other than their religion does not help.
I am shocked to see that there are people who I know personally calling for a ‘war’ because they haven’t worked out how to channel their feelings! The comments made by some have had me culling these so-called friends…as I cannot share their views; I refuse to. I am proud to live in a country that offers refuge and support to people from war-torn countries. I am proud to live in a country that offers sanctuary to men, women and children who live in fear. I am proud to live in a multi-cultural society. And I am proud that I live in a country which has a support network in place for people less fortunate than I am.
I am not proud of racism in any form. I am not proud that the EDL saw fit to clash with our emergency services. I am not proud that the EDL attacked mosques. I am not proud that people who I thought were decent, open-minded and tolerant individuals think that it is appropriate to promote racist behaviour. What do people expect to achieve? What does a ‘send them all home’ mentality achieve. For me, it would mean that I would lose my diabetic consultant and his senior, the two endocrinology specialists and the surgeon on the weight loss team at the hospital. I would have no lovely man making delightful chargrilled chicken kebabs, and I would lose close friends too! We exist and Britain is GREAT because of the diversity of the nation.
The Muslim Council of Britain called for vigilance and solidarity between “all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim”, and for police to “calm tensions”. It said in a statement, “This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Muslims have long served in this country’s Armed Forces, proudly and with honour. This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonourable, and no cause justifies this murder.”
Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, said: “We must come together, isolate those who believe that extremism and violence are acceptable, and work to ensure that they meet the full force of the law. We must send a clear message to anyone that an attack on a serving soldier going about their daily activities is something that must be utterly condemned.”
It doesn’t sound like the voice of organisations who condone this sort of behaviour!
Islam is the worlds second-largest religion, with 23% of the worlds population as followers. This equates to 1,570,000,000 (at least I think that’s 1.57 billion!) and yet two little disgusting individuals carried out the attack…which, if my maths is correct (and it has been known to be a little dicey!) is 0.0000012739% of the Muslim population. So yeah – let’s send them all ‘home’ wherever the heck ‘home’ is! About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia, 25% in South Asia, 20% in the Middle East, and 15% in sub-Saharan Africa. China, Russia and the Americas also have sizeable minority populations. So when you enlightened people decide to ‘send them all home’…make sure you find out exactly where ‘home’ is.
After the bombings in Boston during the marathon there, I read an article by Patton Oswalt – a writer and comedian – who wrote, “If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. Every once in a while, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness. But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evildoers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago. So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”” And I think that kind of sums up how I feel about the awful things that happen on a daily basis around the globe.
I was also reminded of Westboro Baptist Church – who are known for their incredibly extremist views – as they spread hate at every opportunity, predominately aiming their hatred towards the gay community. In fact their website address uses the Lords name in vain to spread this hateful message. I watched a documentary with Louis Theroux going to visit them and trying to understand their viewpoint. Personally…I like to steer clear of ‘ists’…extremists, evangelists, activists…’ist’ just seems like a step too far!
Whilst I absolutely and wholeheartedly agree that the death of this solider was truly shocking, disgusting and awful, I cannot condone the violence and hatred shown towards people who share the religion of the perpetrators. I do however fully support justice and hope that the Great British justice system steps up and punishes these individuals as they deserve.
Anyway, I don’t know enough about it all – I just, as ever, have my own little opinion…misguided as it may be, it is mine and mine alone!
So, let me cover off the usuals…
I woke up really early – 4.30am ish – to dawn breaking, and then watched the sky turn a blazing blue with sunshine. Of course, by the time we headed to the horses, we had a hail storm and rain! Luckily, horses are fairly hardy creatures and they were just out there having a leg stretch and mooching around, whilst we cleared up the overnight efforts of their work in the stables. We then headed to Asda for today’s supplies and home for me to complete some of my nutrition assignments. I also had a lovely conversation with a very inspiring lady…more news about this in the future – very mysterious! There was a lovely parcel delivered this afternoon, which I shall blog about tomorrow, that has seen me all excited and smiley. My mojo is well and truly on it’s way back…watch out world! Tonight will just be TV and book reading. Oh, and I have decided to write a rota as my life is filling up and I need to organise myself. There’s the horses, the house stuff, my studies and some new work – voluntary stuff, along with my blogging and tweeting and FB’ing…which all take up a lot of time. I also have a glut of upcoming hospital appointments too…oh, and babysitting duties as well! I am still nowhere near where I want to be, but it is nice to see my energy levels rising. I just need to be mindful of taking things at a steady pace so that I don’t undo my hard work. I am determined to be fitter for my holiday in Scotland later on this year, and so I need to schedule in some time for exercise too…I absolutely must do this. So there we go; lots for me to be getting on with – all of it exciting stuff!
Breakfast: Banana and two Benefit bars (HEB).
My food today was lovely! Lunch was delicious – Lentil, Tomato and Bacon (I say bacon, it was tiny lean ham cubes!) soup. I am not great with volumes – this was just for me…and it was lovely and filling…tin of chopped tomatoes, chicken stock cube, handful of red lentils, massive handful of spinach, half a large red onion, chopped, half a red pepper – chopped, pack of ham cubes (I buy them from Aldi) and I think it would have been the equivalent to a slice of ham or a couple of lean pieces of bacon, garlic, chilli flakes, and mixed herbs. I just threw it in the pan, added a bit of water, boiled it until the lentils were soft, and ate it! It was lovely! Dinner was a little twist on the crab pasta salad in this months magazine…expect I forgot to buy pasta and had to use egg noodles instead! A tin of crab meat, noodles, chopped red and spring onion, cucumber, tomato, red pepper, zest and juice of a lime, dill, chilli, paprika, 0% Greek yogurt, extra light mayo…all mixed up. And my snacks were good too.
Exercise: Horses – but not much else really…I am worried that my bum is taking on the shape of my oversized armchair and so need to get it out of there and onto the treadmill!
Thank you for reading my ramblings about judgement…we all get judged in some way, shape or form…and we rarely like it. So I think that it is wise to bear in mind our feelings about judgement before we do exactly that to others.
Love, light and laughter,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx