Outrage for others. Part 4

We are but sheep… 

Like sheep to the slaughter we go… Oh yes, we are all but sheep and follow the crowd. Unless you take a deep look into any topic and read both sides of the story, you are ill-informed. Reading up on a topic is one thing. Understanding and reading with an open mind is the key. One can read the history of slavery with today’s mindset but what about reading it from the mindset of the past? How did the slaves live? Where did they get taken from, and how were they treated as the white boss whipped them in the fields? Back then, like today, we stand by and watch shit happen. Governments pull the rug out from under us, the ones that fight back can only fight for so long. The rest sit back and behave like sheep. Tax money being pissed away appears in the news, billions to trillions of taxpayers’ money are pissed away and the sheep stay as sheep. What can we do? 

Would you do that? 

Seriously, how was that an acceptable thing to do? Everyone knew this was wrong, yet it was accepted until it wasn’t. Why can we not see things like this today? Why can’t we as a society teach people to not hate? Because in certain households it is perfectly acceptable to hate.  

Would you go and round up the Jewish family next door and kill them? No, you wouldn’t. You may if they maimed or killed one of your family. You wouldn’t if they didn’t cause harm to you in any way. So why go kill a black man and shoot him in the back? Because you know you may just get away with it… Oh and you are a racist asshole, that’s why!  

In their shoes. 

Question yourself about the topics and put yourself in the shoes of others. Instead of looking down on a homeless man, ask yourself the question of how they got there? Ask yourself how you could end up on the street and how you would wish to be treated?  

Ask yourself what it is like to be whipped while cotton picking. Or today work as a slave in a mine in Africa. That is happening today as we drive around in our electric cars and talk on our mobile phones. Ask yourself how your clothes got on your back. All ethically sourced certified and traceable products eventually lead to higher prices. These are prices that no one wants.  

General labour. 

There is a difference between the labourers of today and the labourers of yesterday. Yesterday does not have to be a year ago or 10 years ago. It is going on today…  

Forced labour is going on as you read this. Child labour is going on as I type this. There is a difference between labour and forced labour. Labourers, no matter how young or old in Indonesia for example, work so they can put food on the table. I have watched children rummage through garbage in Jakarta. They collect cans and recyclables to take home to be able to put food on the table. There was no whip to be seen, they did it to be able to eat. That is out of necessity because no one has been outraged enough to help put a stop to it. This is where we come in as not so innocent bystanders. We choose to participate in the outrage rather than to do something about it.  

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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