Art not Arms

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” Mohandas Gandhi

Peace. Paz. Paix. Pace. Frieden etc etc

If only everybody felt that way.

How can a handful of oil-hungry hooligans convince us that war, destruction and mass murder are in our best interests?

How come cash is always available for military intervention at the drop of a hat but then vanishes when it comes to constructive investment in public services and industry?

What if our government invested the same volume of money – it spends on weapons and human desecration – on our welfare, education and health system?

The next generation is being sold very short indeed and it’s up to the individual whether s/he will stand by and watch this happen. How can an apolitical stance be an option today? Society is being chipped away at a very grass roots level through policies that seek to segregate and fragment communities, rather than fortify them. The power and priority of the individual is increasingly taking precedence over the wellbeing of communities as a whole, and to the detriment of the country. So isn’t it time this process was halted and called into question before it’s too late? Before we make enemies out of family, friends and neighbours? Before we have to pay privately for education and medical treatment? Before pensions and disability benefits are scrapped for good? Apathy won’t change anything. It just allows those in power to overstep the boundaries of legality, abusing our so-called democratic rights as evolved 21st Century civilians: every move we make observed, every word scrutinised or silenced and boxed up for posterity in a sound-proof memory vault.

We have to vote, speak out and employ Art as a very close ally.

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