Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You Don't Have to Care About the Middle East



It's the same story again and again and again: Two groups with a long history of bad blood are killing each other in a country in the Middle East (or close to that region) and the US government backs one of the groups. It has happened in Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and many other places. In every case the US government picks a side for some reason and, predictably, most of the conservatives (and a lot of liberals, too) get in line to support the government's actions. 



I must be one of those fake Americans


Why do "patriotic" individuals, or people who love their country, feel the need to defend the actions of their government? They even defend government actions that occurred before they were born! I used to do it, but I don't know why I did. The great thing, though, is that you don't have to do it anymore! You don't have to be invested in every little thing that the government does. You don't have to support the violent conflicts it engages in. You are not required to pick a side. You don't have to care about the Middle East! 

It is quite a liberating experience to finally understand that the government is its own entity with its own selfish motives. You are not the government. You are responsible for your own actions and you do not have to defend the evil and destructive things that the government does. The government will always do what is good for government, which is mostly trampling on the rights of individuals, consolidating power, and making war (or all three of those at the same time). 

I do not support the actions of my government and, for the same reasons, I do not support the actions of any other government. I don't support Israel. I don't support Hamas. As far as I am concerned, they are both illegitimate organizations giving unlawful orders to individuals who would be better off without any rulers. The same principles can be applied wherever there is a conflict between warring factions, in the Middle East or elsewhere. While I choose to not get involved in foreign wars, I will say that I do care about the people affected by all of those violent clashes. I mourn for those who die and for those who are left behind. It is deeply saddening to learn about the horrors of war. I support the individual in making peaceful choices and I oppose any central authority that takes choices away from the individual.

Instead of using your time and energy to support and defend government actions (which are always done whether you want them done or not), free yourself and do things that will be good for you and the people you care about. Maximize your efforts and engage in activities that will make a positive impact in the lives of others. Do not spend your life sustaining the operations of a faceless government that only values you as far as it can exploit you. You do not have time to care about such things. Instead, care about yourself and other individuals, because that is where you will do the most good.

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