Feeling sick & being fearless

After a few days spent in a cocoon with happy family celebrations I emerge again to the world and I feel sick at what I see. Last week there was the horrible news coming out of Aleppo in Syria of the already horrible situation becoming worse than ever! With winter approaching, the need for help only becomes larger. UNHCR accepts donations for help, if you are so inclined (click on image for link):


I have been supporting SOS Children’s Villages for over 20 years now and I received a request for help for Syria in my e-mail in Dutch (again, click on the image for more info in Dutch):


Or go to the following SOS Children’s Village emergency relief pages, should you feel the urge to learn more and maybe donate:

This morning the news is filled with even more horror. There was a terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, with so far 12 reported dead and 48 injured. Awful, awful! I know what happens next too, the far right stands up and proclaims whole groups of people responsible who have nothing to do with this and the mistrust of everything that is ‘different’ grows. Meanwhile in Zürich reports this morning that 3 were hurt in a gun attack near a Muslim prayer center; apparently shots were fired at people who were praying. Of course, this last bit of news is just a footnote because attacks on Muslims are deemed less shocking, I presume. There is the sickening news of a Russian ambassador shot dead at close range in Turkey and horrifically Donald Trump has been confirmed by the Electoral College to be the next US president… Of course, that last bit of news was completely expected. I understand the Electoral College was also founded to stop demagogues from gaining power, but I guess Donald Trump is not viewed as a demagogue…

Yes, I am feeling sick about the news yet again. I have never been as terrified at what is happening in the world as I am now, in 2016. David Bowie died in January and it all went downhill from there… I still very much agree with Paul Bettany’s tweet in June:


Richard Armitage posted his yearly Christmas message yesterday morning on Facebook, addressing the news and fears of this past year. Screenshots here, just in case:

I don’t want to go into a lengthy analysis of this message. The one thing I really can not agree with is the congratulating part in this bit: “there were “Wins” (and I respect and congratulate those who made those choices)”. Doesn’t quite gel with the being fearless part of the message for me. If you are fearless you also need to be able to speak out against choices that go against everything you feel is right and congratulating such choices doesn’t fit. Other than that I totally agree with Richard that “there is a literal and symbolic shift happening in our world” and I like the sentiment of trying to be fearless. He says there is “a narrative of fear out there, which we must resist, or accept isolation and division.”  and I couldn’t agree more.

As much as I want to crawl back under a stone, especially after the heartwarming weekend I have just had, I guess sticking my head in the sand is not helpful. I can subscribe to trying to be fearless, lending a helping hand and I add a personal hope that the humanity Richard mentions will show itself from it’s best side and not from the horrific side we are witnessing now. I so very fervently hope 2017 will be a better year!


12 thoughts on “Feeling sick & being fearless

  1. I join you in pinning our hopes on 2017. This year has truly been horrific. And as much uplift as there is, from seeing something we enjoy looking at, or from reading rousing words, it just is drowned out by all that is bad.

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  2. I feel the same and the people left out in the cold really need our help more than ever. I also think similarly to you that giving up now is not an option. We can’t do big things as individuals maybe but all the small things are equally needed today and without these small gestures somebody will go without even a blanket or a bowl of soup. Remembering our humanity and lending the helping hand is more important than ever when the noise of political waffle threatens to drown out the weak cries for help. It’s hard not to feel frustrated and defeated but since most politicians these days do little more than talk and many in damaging ways being normal and acting with common sense and humanity is what we need to hold on to. Thanks for all the useful links

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  3. I think I’m going to start by becoming shrewish over the fact that I still can’t keeping the f****** floor clean for more than a day … everything feels like it’s falling apart starting with the house. I’m not afraid per se but I also don’t know what to do. I’ve also become resistant to the way particular panaceas are disseminated to us (a la the Armitage as well this time, apparently. Ugh.) Just plain discouraged.

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    • There are no simple solutions but I like that Richard tries…
      You know, I am not really afraid either, not for terror attacks in any case, there’s nothing I can do about those. I am more afraid of the hatred that gets spewed against asylum seekers, refugees, muslims in general in reaction to these terror attacks and whether I will be able to stand up to that. That is something I can do, stand up to hatred spewed in my vicinity, and I wonder if I am able to in the long run.
      I’m not even going to begin addressing keeping the floor (or anything!) clean in my house… that is a battle I will never be able to win… 😉

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  4. ‘ Hold on to the good and try to do my own small bit’, that is exactly what I will try to do, now and in 2017. As an antidote against the feeling of helplessness I get from all that is happenings at the moment.

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  5. You´re right: No simple solutions 😦 Das schlimme ist, es scheint gar keine Lösungen zu geben. Jetzt werden die Menschen aus Aleppo nach Idlib gefahren wo der Krieg schon wieder auf sie wartet oder sie einholen wird……. bei mir kommt grade so insgesamt keine Weihnachtsstimmung auf :-((((

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