Last night I watched the news about is apparently being done to children in Syria in helpless grief and rage. How can we stop this, if it is true? A kid who refused to join and had a hand and foot chopped off really got to me. It has been with me all night.
We humans are creating our own disaster movie, and I can find myself hating those religious nuts who blind themselves and others by the most pernicious falsity in the world – that of so-called Heaven – while they create real hell on hearth. No genuine spiritual leader has taken these concepts seriously. Even the Buddhist have a realistic way of thinking about reincarnation, if you follow the great 11th century sage Milarepa’s advice:
“If you want to know about your past lives, look to your present condition,; if you want to know about your future lives, look to your present actions.”
But are we in Britain in a position to judge anyone (let alone bomb them) when our own attitudes to children are so atrocious? And worse – so normalised?
A couple of days ago a disgraceful article by The Telegraph’s so-called education correspondent saying that the smartphone do a way with all the problems of the ‘traditional boarding school experience’. As if an iPhone could be a substitute for parents!
Is there another country in the world where we could print such stuff in a major public newspaper – a shaper of opinion – one of the so-called heavyweight papers?
I was delighted that the Guardian contacted me and gave me a chance to respond to this garbage, but it still raises some major questions for me that I would recommend for the editor to think about:
Isn’t there some procedure for sorting out advertising from journalism?
Isn’t an education correspondent of a major newspaper supposed to be a gatekeeper of standards?
How can we highlight this sacrifice of children for the sake of protected (massive tax breaks to the public schools) privatised interests?
It is much worse than letting Starbucks and Amazons get away with it, because there our elected governments make the timid corporation tax laws and they just work round them. The public schools are charities because of endowments made for some poor scholars hundreds of years ago.
Today, they should have to prove that they are for the common good today.
Write to Jezza Corbyn and to your MP?