It’s In Our Nature. But Why?

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  • 30 people killed in a suicide attack at a market in the northern Nigerian city of Yola,
  • 43 People Killed and at least 239 others injured when a pair of suicide bombings struck southern Beirut.
  • Bomb kills all 224 people on board a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month.
  • 147 killed  in an attack on Garissa University, in the north-east of Kenya, by the Somali militant group al-Shabab. April 2015.

The list could go on and on and on. These too were disasters caused entirely by monstrous militants or ISIS terrorists.

But how many people changed their Facebook profile picture to the flags of Nigeria, Kenya or Russia. How many trending Twitter hashtags were there for #PrayForNigeria/Kenya/Russia? How many of your followers or Facebook friends focused all their prayers on good thoughts and love toward the people of Beirut during it’s time of need just one day before the Paris incident? Or any of the other countless disasters which have hit our world in the past year.

The simple fact of the matter is, we feel more sensitive and give more sympathy towards any terrorist bombing or outright genocides that happen on our doorstep than to that of people living three thousand miles away. And what’s our excuse? ‘Oh, well, it happens all the time over there so we’re all used to it’… Are you kidding me.

Don’t even get me started on the countless people who completely disregard religion and God for most of their lives and then break in to #PrayFor tweets whenever shit gets crazy. It’s almost as if we as humans feel like we can completely shun the idea of religion and then ‘find’ it whenever we feel we messed up the most. It disgusting.

I’m an atheist and therefore didn’t pray for anyone in the Paris attacks, because I don’t believe that I, as a non-believer of God could do anything for those poor innocent souls. Nor can anyone actually help in any way by changing their Facebook profile to a French flag.

This type of thing has happened so many times in the past few years that I can’t actually be bothered to list every single incident. But i’ve brought it down to the ‘snowball effect’; once enough people have seen enough posts, or news stories, or #hashtags, they join in, regardless of whether or not they actually know anything about what has happened, because they need to be seen by their peers to be doing something to contribute to the ‘united front’ against terrorism. It makes them more liked by their Facebook friends. Or GETS them more LIKES, as is probably the case for most people.

One thing I can’t stand is when people actually believe their lie. They actually begin to believe that they care for these people; that they care for those effected by terrorists around the world. But did they care even just a little for all of those other people killed in recent months? Have they taken ANY notice of more than TWO MILLION innocent souls taken by these evil creatures over the past decade? (Yes, I referred to them as ‘creatures’, these things are NOT human). For anyone who can commit such atrocities is not a civilised being.

If we absolutely must stop everything we’re doing to #Pray for a disaster, then how can we, as some of the most privileged people on the planet, really pick and choose which ones we back? How can we stand by and just let the killings of 147 innocent students at a university go over our heads, and then in the next breath completely devote our entire social media presence and  news rooms to a single disaster? However horrible it may be. We can’t, is the simple and honest answer the that. If you’re going to ignore some attacks, the ignore all of them. Otherwise we need to start caring for our world as a species; and stop simply sticking to our own.

Think about it. Please.

Until next time…

Bye.

I Haven’t Been Everywhere, But It’s On My list

Travel. It seems complicated; it’s not. It seems expensive; it is, unfortunately. Yep, travel does cost a lot of money; you can’t just arrive at an airport and hitch a ride to the nearest world-wonder. But it is one of those elusive excitements that everyone at one point in their lives has aspired to achieve. You see, last year I became part of the little community that is YouTube. Set up a channel with my sister, said some weird things and have henceforth uploaded the outcome every Wednesday. During our time on YouTube- which has been amazing, by the way – we have met and discovered some pretty inspiring people. They might not be aware, but these people have had an incredible effect on my life; one in particular, and i’ll tell you why.

Allow me to introduce you to Corey Jones aka Radventurouscorey (follow the link and subscribe to his YouTube channel). Now I’ve mentioned him in various different videos; I #ff (follow Friday) him occasionally on Twitter and try to make everyone subscribe to his channel as much as I can. That’s all very well and good, I’m sure he knows that he is a great guy; but I really want him to realise quite how much of inspirational person he really is. It’s easy for me to sit and type this out; and say he’s a good guy, but I want you, anyone reading this to go to his channel, watch his videos and tell me that you don’t leave your screens with the genuine want and need to ‘Get out in the world [and] do something creative’. The places he goes, his genuine love for adventure make you feel better; makes your day that little bit brighter. It’s a beautiful thing. Thank You, Corey. You really are Rad.

Travel is one of those things that I’ve always wanted to say I’ve done. I’m visiting America (Orlando and Miami) this year and hopefully I find as much adventure on my travels there as I possibly can. I want to visit Australia, Egypt, Canada; I want to Ski in Austria and dive in the Great Barrier Reef. All of these things cost money but that’s OK; I’ll just have to save for a bit, then I’ll be off. I don’t really feel the need to stay in five star accommodation when I go on my merry travels, a hostel here and cheap hotel there; perhaps even a roof of open air and stars (OK, that one was a bit cheesy). But you get my point, right? It’s not about the money, it’s about the adventure; the good times with even greater people and inspirational destinations.

I mentioned Corey earlier on in the post. He is one of many YouTubers who I would suggest you go and check out, if you haven’t already. Here are some more, quickly before I continue in my traveling day-dream…

1. Tal : The Traveling Clatt

I discovered Tal through Corey a little while ago and am now utterly addicted to his channel.

2. Armin : The Greatest Cookie 

Where do I even start. This guy just buzzes enthusiasm and good vibes. He vlogs, does videos similar to mine AND plays music. What’s not to love?

3. Ben : Mr Ben Brown

I’ve mentioned him in my ‘Top YouTubers” post, and many many others, I think. An all-round great guy. Definitely check him out.

4. Dan : Dan the Director

Very talented film-maker and again, great guy. I found him through Mr Ben Brown and just love his lust for life.

5. Louis : Fun For Louis

The Tarzan of YouTube. Need I say more?

Now, let me conclude my day-dream.

Do you ever look out of your bedroom window and just wonder what else is out there? What else the world has on offer? Because I do. I have that dream of putting on a rucksack, getting on the next flight from Gatwick and jetting off to start my own adventures and from that, my own stories. It seems crazy only to those who don’t have the same ambition for travel. That’s OK, I don’t judge people who are content with stagnating and not exploring the world (well, maybe a little) I just want a little more for my life, that’s all. I want to look back at my life one day and think, “Yeah, not bad”.

So that’s the plan, I guess. I want to make some money, then travel. Then make some money, then travel. I tried an office job once which wasn’t in any way connected to the field i’m interested in; it lasted all of two weeks and was boring as hell. I don’t want to live for that lifestyle.

Life is to be lived, not endured. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

Until next time…

 

Bye!