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The World in Need of Nerves of Steel

Man, how in the world did the world end up the way it is right now? I am not just talking about what's happening in the Middle East, in Europe, in America...but also right here on our home ground. While America and Europe have long been recognized some of the world's most peaceful democracies (of course, there are underlying problems hidden, there is no country in this world that does not) but the discourse has never been this upfront before. Not as far as I can remember.

I have, in fact, failed to bookmark many news artifacts, newsflashes, breaking news, twitter updates, ICYMIs and Facebook reports because...I lost it. No, I did not lose the articles, I meant my marbles. 

An open discussion forum was bamboozled by people throwing their flip-flops and flares on stage towards our former Prime Minister and although people were, eventually, caught and arrested for their participation in the chaos, it still bears the question of how they became so emboldened.

Sure, we had the occasional whacko come up with coconuts in hands and waving bamboo sticks in the air claiming the preposterous idea being able to locate missing flights and we've had our politicians internationally stripped bare (and still standing tall, mind you) about reported misdeeds, but Malaysians can easily be placed into a few categories:-
  1. The IDAF anymore group. Generally perceived as a group of people who have, more or less, given up on everything Malaysian and have a laser beam focus on working towards a better future
  2. The politically-active
  3. The privileged I-will-kill-your-family-and-and-the-next-few-generations-if-anyone-challenges-my-right-as-the-privileged
  4. The I Care But. These are the ones who mind their own businesses, go about their daily lives but have a layer of frothing lava waiting to burgeon the moment they are pushed too far. 
  5. The crazies. They live for the excitement for any kind of commotion. Malaysia is too peaceful and there are too many easy push-overs. Push them. 
  6. The giver-upper. They generally DGAF and don't have the time, money and resources to actually GAF. Genuinely. 
  7. The Migrator. They care about what happens to the country and fellow Malaysians but...let's migrate first. We'll care from afar. 
  8. The WTF. These are people who truly, genuinely and earnestly do not know WTF is going on in Malaysia, the world and the Universe in general
Credit: Virginia Kent (Flickr)

I believe that I am not the only one to be befuddled with the sheer number of rape cases, especially incest, being brought up on a daily basis here, and although North Korea's rhetoric and online spat with America is, at the moment, soothed by NK's retraction of their threat to send a missile over the skies, sea or land near (or ON or AT - I mean, who knows with that guy?!) Guam, it seems that a different kind of Civil War could be brewing under the surface of America's democracy. The Anne Frank Center also says that Trump's American is looking more and more like pre-WWII Germany, and it's frightening that there are more than 152 million people who are dislodged in this world, the number being larger than the population of Russia. 
the Southern Poverty Law Center reported...more than nine hundred active (and growing) hate groups in the United States - The NewYorker
115 million people lack basic health services, 94 million lack water and sanitation services, and 34 million lack access to education. - One.org
You know what? Maybe what we need is a little bit of this....

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Been around the world and I, I, I
I can't find my baby
I don't know when, I don't know why
Why he's gone away
And I don't know where he can be, my baby
But I'm gonna find him
(kindly replace 'baby' with 'peace of mind')
All Around the World - Lisa Stanfield)


Love,
Marsha

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