RIOTS – BUT WHAT’S BENEATH THE SURFACE?
BY JO MOON©
The UK is devastated by riots heading in all directions. The question is, ‘why are they happening?’, ‘What is all the discontent about?, and ‘What is the message behind it all?’
It is very easy to overlook the underlying forces that have provoked such widespread violence and upheaval when the country and particularly London is under disarray. I’m sure if my house or business had just been burnt down I would be more concerned about my personal property and my own safety. I may not have the inclination to look at the situation in any further depth.
However, we need to look at what is happening from a more in depth angle since it is a mass outcry against something that is not working in this country. It is about a system, a consumerist culture, a way of life that does not give people what they really need in life. When people are so badly affected by things they either lash out in some way or become mentally or physically unwell. We cannot contain our deepest emotional reactions to life for a lifetime. They will emerge in some way. We also live in a society that does not actively encourage constructive emotional expression and healing from past childhood wounds and trauma. And most of us have had these to some degree.
Imagine if one of the young people who was out rioting in London had this history: Imagine his name is Sam. His mum and dad split up when he was very young. His dad was an alcoholic but for some reason he was forced to live with him as his mother was admitted to a psychiatric unit. His dad beat him, neglected him and didn’t feed him properly. From the age of 12 he was out on the streets trying to find a gang to join, some way of belonging to like minded souls. He found a group but they said the way to get things was to steal, lie or fight. Sam thought they must be right as he had never got much from his dad or mum. They didn’t appear to love him or care for him in any way. He was on his own in the world. Sam joined the gang and went along with their antics. It was fun and exciting and got him away from the violence and neglect he experienced on a daily basis back at ‘home’. Some of the gang got caught and were arrested. Sam managed to escape all this. He got cleverer and cleverer as he grew older, finding more and more ways of getting what he wanted through lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. It was better than being beaten up at home by a drunken man. This meant he could do the beating, he was in control, he could fight the enemy.
Sam discovered that the more he fought and stole and was on the run constantly he didn’t even think about his dad. He never went back there. He lived on the streets now. It was cold and humiliating sometimes. He was constantly on the search for food. He became like his father and took to drinking heavily to warm himself somehow and to obliterate his past. Sam numbed himself sufficiently to be able to survive. He managed to get a few nights at hostels but they weren’t always the best of places. Buildings had never been a source of warmth and love for him so he didn’t even want a proper home. He didn’t really know what he wanted.
One day his street mates and others planned to do something really big. This time they were going to set fire to the whole of London. ‘London Bridge is falling down! London Bridge is falling down!’ they cried out. ‘What the fuck!’ they cried out, ‘What’s this place done for us? No jobs, no work, no money to do nothing – its all too fucking expensive!’And they planned to take over the streets one night and do it all in. And that’s how it all began….
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Of course, that isn’t precisely how it happened. And this isn’t factual information gained on specific research. But on some level it is all true. There are thousands of young people who live all over the country, who experience homelessness, addictions, abuse at home, dysfunctional family life, poverty on all levels and no real help, healing, love or care from people willing to try to understand and help these people. There is mass abuse going on all the time in family and other situations. How are young people expected to react to this without having the necessary help they need? Some receive help and many don’t. Many live in isolation and in situations which are not even known about by anyone else.
In addition to family problems we are living in a country saturated by electromagnetic stress from phone masts, pylons, mobile phones, Tetra (from police phones and masts), and many other sources. We are living in a world of junk, fast food which does not contain whole-food ingredients, therefore is lacking in vital nutrition. It is far too easy to pick up a frozen meal or takeaway and just heat it up or eat it on the street. Lack of nutrition can lead to symptoms of mental and physical ill health.
We live in the crisis of a credit crunch, where everything is increasing in cost and if you don’t have a job it is difficult to afford to live. London is a particularly expensive place. Yet the media constantly makes people think they need things in order to be happy – we live in a consumerist society so if you don’t have something or seemingly as much as everyone else you may feel inadequate and resentful – if you are already feeling angry with the world and how it has treated you all your life then the credit crunch and the effects of a consumerist society could tip things over the edge. However, if we weren’t made to feel that having ‘things’ was so important this wouldn’t be such an issue.
We are largely cut off from nature so it is easier to be influenced by the consumerist world around us – it may be all we see and experience on a daily basis.
These are the facts and issues that may make one young person seek to rebel against the seemingly harsh, cruel and unfair world that he has been brought up in where there appears to be no escape, no respite and no love.
When have you ever felt like smashing something, throwing something, hitting someone, tearing something up, destroying something? Increase this feeling and motivation 100 fold and what do you get?
Now why would a group of young people want to riot in the streets of London and major UK cities?
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(picture from photo bucket)
I am not declaring that rioting is acceptable or to be revered. I am simply saying, look at the reasoning behind it and lets do something to change the situation for the better. By arresting these young people it will not alter anything. The real cause of the riots will not have been resolved on any level. There is a far greater issue at stake here and it needs to be looked at carefully!
We are about to enter 2012 and things cannot remain as they are. If we don’t change as a human race in the way we live our lives we will be forced to change through more natural and unnatural disasters and catastrophes.
It is about a whole raising of our consciousness and that is really the only way we can evolve as a human species.
These riotous acts are messages about the world in which we live. Locking up the apparent source of the problem will not solve anything. Too many things in life are locked away and hidden. We need to examine them very carefully, find new solutions and then maybe these problems will diminish.