Imagine there’s no countries…

it  isn’t hard to do.

Nothing to kill or die for…
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Social media is overrun with memes, blogs and posts encouraging, and sometimes threatening us to take care of or own. Hey refugees, we’d love to help you out (not really) but what about the poor souls that reside in our countries?  We need to help them first.

Somehow I doubt that when Jesus said “love thy neighbour” he took out a map, or drew one in the sand and said, “and by neighbour I mean, from here to here.”

I’m not a religious person. Call me an ex-Catholic, but the teachings of Jesus…the Christian ideals…are a pretty good blueprint for living a life of happiness, respect and tolerance.

I care about my immediate neighbours. Charlie and Betty, nice folks who have often given me wine and desserts. I care about people in Wasaga Beach who rely on the food bank to feed themselves and their families. I care about Canadians from Vancouver to Halifax.

But…

do the borders drawn a century and a half ago mean I should favour those closer to me, geographically speaking? Many would say yes. You’re not wrong. Or right. It’s your opinion and you have every right to express it. You also should have the decency to respect opposing views.

Which brings us back to the free for all, no education or understanding required world of Facebook and Twitter. Reading takes time and effort. Fuck, just find a meme or blog that backs your views and voila,  you’re a pundit. You know the score, what the hell is wrong those who don’t get it?

Um, you don’t get it.

I’ve read dozens of pieces about Syria and ISIS and if you graded me on my understanding of the situation I’d achieve a level of, maybe, C minus. Which is several grades above the meme generators but they yell a lot louder.

Over the years I’ve donated to Red Cross relief efforts in New Orleans and Haiti. Those people were thousands of miles away but I felt the need to contribute what I could afford.

I imagined no countries or borders. I saw people devastated by a tragedy, and my heart told me I had to do something to show that I cared about them.

About johnnymaraca

host of Johnny Maraca's Rock & Roll Riot, the rockingest show on the radio. 60 years of rockin' rhythm and blues, from the late '40s pioneers like Louis Jordan to Elvis, Chuck Berry, CCR, Stray Cats, Ramones and tons more. Friday and Saturday nights at 7 on 97.7 the Beach, listen live at http://977thebeach.ca, and WRSG in Middlebourne, West Virginia, Tuesdays 6-8 pm.
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