It’s disturbing and distressing to discover that most of us have been unaware of the catalogue of evil being perpetrated by those whom we have mistakenly believed to be pillars of the society in which we live.
I feel I have been sleepwalking all my life and only began waking up when I went to live in Cyprus in 1988 where I witnessed the kind of injustice that is all too common in so many places towards migrant workers. I was able to help a little, but only after we, my late husband and I, had been victims of some pretty crooked dealing as greenhorn would-be ex-pat residents in our first year there.
At the end of that first year, I returned as a widow; bringing the body of my husband for burial with his family in Sussex, but returned permanently to UK in 1997, having completed the house we’d started together in Cyprus, and still believing that I had returned to the safety of the country of my birth. Only then did I start to have my eyes opened to the scale of corruption and sheer evil that was at work among those who were governing the country.
I admit to feeling ashamed at my ignorance and can only plead that my sheltered life had kept me out of, and away from all the horror of reality – but as a widow, although still cushioned financially, I became involved in and with groups dedicated to helping those less fortunate. My eyes were opened – and have remained so ever since.
I still think the internet has enabled many, including me, to see a small light at the end of a very long dark tunnel, but as many have discovered, the tentacles of the rich and powerful are far-reaching and affect every area of society. I hope the net will eventually prove too powerful a weapon of communication against the pernicious evil that rules us, but it won’t be anytime soon. We must hope that the increasing awareness, and the ability of the younger generations to use internet technology with such consummate skill will enable more and more to repudiate the current stranglehold of the ruling Establishment. Meantime, thank heaven for forums and blogs where we can let off steam.