Protecting the Victim, or Attacking the Aggressor?

In the Somerset culling zone the other night I was aware of the disparate and passionate groups. The locals’ gazing at intruders from pub and house windows; the farmers struggling to survive; the straights breaking usual rules of behaviour to protest; the sabs’ approaching things their own way; then at the bottom of the heap is the badger.

It was the most beautiful clear night. Stars were shining over a still, timeless, rural landscape that was occasionally shattered by silenced gun shots going poppoppop. This would be followed by the screaming of injured badgers, dogs barking, and the whistle blowing and noise making of protesters trying to help.

I thought Britain is already divided and at war. All these brave passionate people, pulling each other to pieces over a small, special animal.

Divide and Rule is an archaic technique to control enemies; to take away their power.

There is so much media highlighted injustice in the world today; balanced with inane news feed of B list celebrities and their fluctuating weight and drama queen behaviour.

It is impossible to take it all in. It is easier to focus on a little and try to do something in that small sphere. 

So we all focus on a little; the tiny piece of injustice where we might just help, might just make a difference.

It keeps us sane, but as we fight our separate impassioned battles, the root cause of the situation remains stable; growing plumper and more powerful.



About charlottejane2002

Author of 'P is for Prostitution', 'The Bloody Sacrifice' and co-editor of 'A Contemporary Western Book of the Dead' which are all published by Mandrake of Oxford. Italian publisher Roberto Migliussi has recently released 'The Sky is a Gateway, Not a Ceiling', a book of Charlotte's collected essays printed alongside images of his own art work. Charlotte is also an artist who creates spiritually directed art works from road kill and found objects. She has had her written work printed in anthologies and various magazines and on line publications and has given presentations at many events and institutions including Edinburgh University and Brooklyn's 'Museum of Morbid Anatomy'. Her art work has been exhibited widely including at London's Chelsea Gallery and The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, and is soon to be shown in New York.
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