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Are we fiddling while Rome burns?

B3B3 Posts: 24,450
I feel a bit ashamed of being concerned ( I don't obsess) about my garden when I  see the atrocities that are happening in the world. I understand the idea that you can only control your little patch of the world but it still seems wrong.
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • We are but small potatoes, and it's basically all we can control.
    If we can feed ourselves, even a bit, we are leaving food for those who can't, for whatever reason.
    And it's good for my mental health, leaving resources for those who need them
  • Life has to go on. But I know how you feel, I felt stupid being livid with Tesco when they let me down with online shopping last Friday. For days the people of Ukraine has been mulling around in my head as I potter about. I'm so angry....  

    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 
  • AstroAstro Posts: 386
    Yes I know what you mean. I think we are all inclined to concern ourselves with things that could seem trivial and cause feelings of guilt.

    But these things still need taking care of, if more pressing things come into our lives we may prioritise differently. And while caring matters  it likely doesn't help to become too down about things we have little influence upon.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I know what you mean, this morning after I'd typed that all was well with my world in the RTBC thread I immediately thought of the people across in Ukraine and told myself not to be so ruddy smug.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,450
    Last week, there were people wondering what colour to paint their walls and now they're refugees.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,710
    there's always war, famine, poverty, death etc. We just have to get on as best we can.
  • And help where we can... there are lots of appeals from reputable bodies such as UNICEF, for funds to support people in Ukraine and elsewhere.  Salves the conscience a little.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Penny_ForthemPenny_Forthem Posts: 302
    edited February 2022
    Judging by the queues as we passed, the great British public is more concerned about its MaccieDs
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,438
    At least we can try not to be oblivious, even if we can't actually do much
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,818
    OH and I are pensioners, well beyond fighting age.   All we can do is refuse to buy anything Russia, offer help to charities etc collecting to provide food, shelter and succour to refugees and wounded.  

    I rather suspect Putin and co have been surprised by the united stand of the EU and western world, committing to sanctions and beefing up NATO in member states.   I don't think they expected that or the determination if Ukrainians not to be "re-absorbed" into Soviet states.   It's going to be a long stalemate but, in the end, it has served to galvanise the EU into unity in the face of aggression.   Oops, Putin.   

    I just hope everyone holds steady and stands up to  the bully.   We've been her before with pre and post communist Russia seeking access to a southern port that is ice free in winter................
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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