is it okay?

August 15, 2009

dearest readers,

we, as the north american society, like to think that our moral code is sacred and inviolable.

but to me it seems that the way we’ve presented ourselves (or been presented by some of our media groups) to the international community shows that the ideals we champion will always come second to capitalism and politics.

it’s all good and well that we attempt to share our concepts of ethics with other countries. perhaps intervention is called for in certain human rights cases. but in my opinion, it becomes a little hypocritical when we pick and choose who to press our morals upon.

i can understand the bad rap given the china vs. tibet independency case. that could be perceived as justifiable given our propensity for liberty and democracy as western states, even though a lot of political back-sass got into the beijing olympics commentary in north america (which certainly raised my eyebrows, seeing as i thought the olympics were supposed to be at least an attempt at showing good sportsmanship between countries instead of letting politics pervade into things). but i cannot understand how our beloved media’s knickers can be in such a twist about supposedly ‘underage’ chinese gymnasts every gorram 4 years, while in japan (one of america’s most important trade partners and democratic buddy-buddy, coincidentally) there are ‘variety shows’ containing actual underage ‘idols’ as young as 11 years old performing sexually suggestive skits on national television – and keep in mind, this already is considered as consumable entertainment material in the land of the rising sun: what, then, would the really unacceptable things detail?

of course, the u.n. has addressed the issue of child pornography in japan (and going into specifics about that one is a whole other can of worms that i don’t particularly want to open in this post), but i still don’t see how we can be so blatantly selective about which country gets the full american intervention, and which one we let slide. you barely hear about child pornography in japan (only in 2008 – ONE YEAR AGO – did japan finally ban possession of child pornography due to international pressure) in the mainstream media here in north america. why is that? do we somewhat value the sanctity of a child’s innocence less than the rigid rules of the olympics? or have we allowed something insiduous disease what our society accepts as unconditionally right and wrong for the sake of politics and profit?

and while i’m already on this topic, who is to say that our moral code should even be accepted as universal? who is to say that it even is the “right one”? as much as i agree that yes, human beings should not be oppressed in any part of the world, how can we say for sure that our idea of what oppression and freedom are is shared by everyone else? and let’s face it, the war on terror sure as hell wasn’t about democracy, not even the good ol’ fashioned american kind. those people weren’t ‘free’ by any political standards to begin with, but rushed, forced elections are no true sign of political liberty.

i want to make one thing clear, though. i can see how the average person will jump in patriotic defense of north america’s unconditional ethics, because on an individual basis, most of us do treasure and uphold these morals unquestionably. in writing this post, it definitely isn’t my intention to support or even suggest revolution. the only thing i am saying is that much of everything which we find is being spoon-fed, pre-chewed and all, to us must be taken with a grain of salt. we should always take a second look and a second thought. there may be other, rather less honourable, factors at play.

whatever you do in life, don’t let the media think ‘critically’ for you.

yours truly and truly yours,

chanelle

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