Our world has become so much about how much worse other people are making things, and finding ways to promote our own ideology while putting down another person or group for their beliefs. While I find it important to highlight abuses, I want us to take a second and remember that the Pirate fight, is a fight for love.
I have found myself being drawn into it myself, my social media feeds spew negativity from my various social acquaintances and it’s very easy to get drawn into these negative emotions. You find people who line their pockets with cash, and they try to change the law to allow themselves to not only make what they do acceptable, but enable it as well. We blame these people for what is wrong with our world, but the truth is that these people are not evil.
There is no (well minded) person on Earth, in my belief, that is out to do wrong: simply to do wrong. It comes from generations of beliefs being passed down, and comes from those who themselves believe that by carrying out their beliefs they are actually making the world a better place. I cannot hate another person for wanting to do what’s right, I can only love them for their effort and attempt to guide public opinion in another direction.
We are pirates because we believe in the true social good. This blog post doesn’t belong to me, this blog post belongs to all the people who have inspired me and educated me. Everything from my mannerisms to my poor punctation skills all were influenced by other people. I am an accumulation of my past, and I pass that on to others in the future (hopefully not my poor punctuation, but that too probably).
When we say we want the right to privacy, we are not asking for privacy so we can then break the law or to protect people who wish to harm others. We demand a right to privacy because we feel that all people are entitled to the basic right of security of their persons, and we (through our enhanced knowledge we gained through the internet) have seen the dangers of a society which deprives people of that right. We want privacy because we love, and we recognize that while we might (and a big might at that) all be safer if there was 100% transparency in every detail of every persons life and if we all walked around naked, sharing every fleeting thought that crosses our mind… but that we must trust each other enough to know that it is not in any persons nature to want to harm another person for no reason.
We recognize that we must put our faith in those around us, because they are the ones who make our democracy work. They provide the services that we rely on to live, and have services provided to us which make our job easier. The people around us all have a general purpose of making the world a better place. While some people do what they need to do to survive or to provide short term gains for themselves, there is no well minded person who wishes to have the world be a worse place when they leave it.
Christians have done horrible things in their past, and I believe that most religious organizations have been corrupted into doing the wrong thing, but these organizations are not doing wrong simply because they are evil but because of a series of events that have happened in the past which have given these organizations the warped view that their path is the nobel path.
Instead of finding our differences within the Christians though, what we must show is that we have far more similarities than we do differences. The Pirate movement is a near living embodiment of the desires of Jesus Christ had he been living in modern times. Do you think Jesus would want every person to have a minimum income? I think he would have.
I am tired of hating, we have too much hate. I used to smile more often than anyone else, but I have allowed my strong emotions towards the goals of our ideology and the wrong doings of others to polarize me. I still smile, and I still like giving random people high fives, but I need to do more of that. I want the Pirate Party to not only protect civil liberties, and share in the way that we all have been taught from our parents (and as they were taught by their parents), but let us bring our love to the world too.
Make a post about something beautiful, tell the world what is making you happy. Why get your joy and entertainment from putting other people down? When we speak hate, we are not making the world a better place and from an ideological standpoint, people are tuning us out from it. People want to hear good news, people want to hear about love.
It’s not about being a hippy, you can love and be well dressed and have a job. It’s a mindset you must have. Next time you are going to post something about a person or organization that is doing something wrong, I would like you to find something that they do good and post that instead or at the very least post the good thing along side the negative:
“X, I know you guys are doing Y because you feel it is good for society, but I feel that it will cause Z”
I love the Pirate Party, and because I am a bit socially awkward — I find it hard to make friends. You guys have been my best friends, and you make my life better. Thank you.