I reblogged this post What is wrong with all of you: because it echoes what I’ve been writing myself over the past couple of years, and was immediately taken to task (even though I didn’t write it), by someone who is a full-time carer and stuck at home.
But here’s the thing – it’s not aimed at them, or at me, as I am stuck at home too, through illness. It’s aimed at people who are capable of organising, or participating in, protests, but don’t.
As for me, writing is what I do – it’s ALL I can do – it’s up to others to do anything more physical. Yes, I know other wheelies do take part, but were I to do so, I’d be putting my life on the line, and I don’t have a martyr complex. Life sucks, but it’s all I’ve got.
I’ve been writing about the Tories, both in government and since before the 2010 election, when their plans for the chronically sick and disabled were on the Conservative website for all to see (I linked to the page – shortly afterwards it was taken down – luckily I’d posted a few of the salient points). This is the post, from December 17, 2009.
But, eventually, I mostly gave up on the political stuff because there’s only so much futility I can stand** and, out in the real world, away from blogs and Twitter, apathy rules with a leaden hand (with a few honourable exceptions).
**And because the last couple of years have been dominated by my own health problems, which might yet kill me. What physical and mental resources I have (both are fragile), I need.
Mostly the attitude seems to be, “It doesn’t affect me – let someone else deal with it”. Unfortunately, far too many of those people it does affect are not able to deal with it. Maybe you can?
If you are able-bodied you need to bear one thing in mind – you are us – in potentia. You are one illness, one redundancy, one accident, away from joining our ranks, or those of the unemployed. And we need your help. By helping us now you help your future self, and your future family.
Why is that so hard to understand?