Seriously! It's time to get out of the UN.I have no idea what this person means by "to take me by some unknown group and give to some unknown person is theft and a violation of my rights," but it sounds to me as though this person has been living a paranoid, isolationist lifestyle. It's easy to want to withdraw from the rest of the world, or to think of the Internet as nothing more than a selfish luxury, when you've lived in the land of milk and honey.
Humans have right to life and liberty.Any rights given by a government depends on where you were born.My rights are not enjoyed by the majority of the world's population.To take from me by some unknown group and give to some unknown person is theft and a violation of my rights. People NEED food and shelter and they need to find it.Parents NEED to provide for their children. Families need to care for their own.Communities need to work and care for their own with cooperation and respect.Communities need a method to communicae with their members preferably by oral and written language.Anyone who wants donate time, money or other resources to less fortunate are free to do so. That's what charities are all about.I donate a significant amount to charities of my choosing. Hey UN stop stealing from me. You are a band of theives.
Sadly, this is not true for the rest of humanity. We have a very hard time as Americans thinking about anyone else as other human beings unless it affords us the chance to play savior. Oh, sure, in 2003 the Iraqis oppressed, imprisoned, brutalized, raped and tortured by Saddam Hussein were our fellow human beings to whom we had a moral obligation, but what were they to us on 10 September 2001? They were little more than an abused wife in the neighborhood. She ought to leave him, maybe somebody should do something, but as long as she's beaten inside the house and everyone can continue behaving as though they're ignorant, they can continue to hide behind the "It's none of my business" shield of cowardice.
|We can no longer credibly deny we know about their abuse.|
The Internet is the most powerful tool yet, because through the Internet those abused wives can in fact reach out from within their volatile homes. They cannot make their selfish neighbors care or act, but through the web they can at least take away the "I didn't see anything/I don't know anything" excuse for inaction. If you've lived in security and stability, you have no idea how valuable it can be just to have contact with a sympathetic person on the outside.
I post a lot of frivolous stuff on this blog, so don't think I'm going all holier-than-thou. I'm acutely aware that across the globe there are millions of people whose idea of luxury time doesn't include such activities as reviewing comic books. My power to affect change as an individual is limited, but as a member of society I--and you--have the power to add our voice to the collective.
For instance, recently Uganda sought to make being gay a capital offense. Word spread throughout the Internet, resulting in numerous viral petitions and efforts to pressure the Ugandan government to reject the legislation. Pressure was placed on leaders here in the United States and elsewhere to speak out and condemn the effort. Ultimately, the legislation was not voted on by the Ugandan parliament and while it could be reintroduced it later, Ugandan law would require it to be presented as new legislation and not simply pick up where it left off. Hopefully the message sent in May by the international community that putting LGBT Ugandans to death for simply being LGBT Ugandans is unacceptable. I was proud to have signed several petitions, and for having circulated awareness of the issue via Twitter and Facebook. People who might otherwise have never even known about this issue were not only made aware, but given the chance to act in some way to change it.
Simply put, if all the Internet means to you are Al Gore punchlines and LOL Cats, then you have had it so good for so long you don't even realize it. You're living in a bubble and while it may feel like something you've earned or are entitled to, I can promise you that if you lived elsewhere you would come to despise that bubble and everyone in it. The Internet is the most meaningful tool for attempting to pierce that bubble that we have yet seen, and that ultimately is a good thing. If we're to continue withholding our support for our fellow man, let us do it in full acknowledgement that's what we're choosing to do. Let us no longer say we didn't see nothin', don't know nothin' and it ain't none of our business. Let us at least have the guts to say, "I know about it and I'm too selfish and too cowardly to speak up anyway." That is literally the least we can do.