Brendan Cox: “2016 can be a wake-up call”
Well let me begin to analyze the main parts of his speech.
Jo loved Christmas, the games, the traditions, the coming together of friends and family and above all the excitement of our kids.
Mr. Cox tells me here what a good human character stands for. And this character was his wife – a brilliant visionary woman called, Jo Cox. A woman that lost her life while fighting with her soul and heart and head to better our humanity.
The beginning of the speech also shows me what unites us. That is Family. On the one hand our little family with brothers and sisters and kids and wives. And on the other hand our bigger family that is society.
“Society!” Did I just say? A society that has lost sense of its humanity. A society that is totally alienated and money-oriented. Like it is money that created us! And not we and our virtue that created money.
A society that is about to lose its essence. For human essence is in seeing the world as a family and the family as part of the world. But our society is turning a blind eye to the things that matter.
Our society is forgetting the bloodshed of the past in order to repeat it in the present.
Therefore, the reason of why I loved Mr. Cox’s speech is this human unity that he shows in it. His little family that is connected to the society. That is our bigger family. And our bigger family that affected the happiness of his family. For it was one among “US” that took his wife away so soon and so brutally. And again it was one among the little family of Brendan Cox that was working to make our bigger family a better family.
Here I wanted to make the point that we are connected to one another so intricately. That the saying of Buddha that goes “all is one,” makes perfect sense to me. For we share “being on earth” together and nothingness in the underworld as well. How can one deny the fate of humanity? Unless one is not aware of being a human among other humans.
So Brendan Cox goes on and says,
“2016 has been an awful year for our family, and it’s been a divisive one for the wider world.
A year in which fascism, xenophobia, extremism and terrorism made us divided and felt threatened, from America, to Europe, to the Middle East and beyond.”
What I like of Mr. Cox in here again is that he in showing his pain, he also manifest the pain of an entire humanity. For hatred, that killed his wife, the magnificent Jo Cox, is in the same time killing and dividing an entire humanity.
Einstein once said, “love is the answer.” No doubt that love and unity is where we must stick at. But, however, the question here is how to defeat a neo-fascism that wants the world under its clutches?
A neo-fascism that cries for blood and violence. As we cry for love, unity and understanding.
Although, here is something that Brendan Cox leaves unsaid either unwittingly or on purpose?
Question, “Who gave birth to these neo-fascist movements? To these violent groups that are cropping up every now and then all across Europe and America?
Answer, “the ones who gave birth to them are the ones who pretend to be the bearers of today standards – the Big Media. For whenever that an immigrant happens to do something bad in Europe or USA, they make a mountain out of a mole hill. They create an entire movie out of something that needs merely a description and leaving the authorities and laws do their job. They begin exaggerating and exaggerating and exaggerating until the blood-level in the people goes beyond all tolerance. And at that moment they begin to act on a mission – xenophobia and violence to save the nation.”
Therefore, the today chauvinists are the pupils of the today bearers of standards. And they are but the greedy bears of the big media. And they want money while they suck the blood of the poor and the wretched immigrants that are fought in all sides.
For Big Media wants to sell stories. And to hate the immigrants is what sells. So they are the ones who hate and the ones who again pretend to be saving society from hatred. Isn’t that just too ridiculous?
And I understand why Brand Cox, if he is the writer of his speech, leaves Big Media out of the picture that matters to be mentioned. Because Big Media is the one giving him fame. Big media is making his voice being heard. The same big media that is using police and security power to silence my voice by force.
Mr. Cox went on saying,
“And these trends could strengthen – they could gain momentum they could consolidate and they could threaten the fundamental freedoms, and democracy that our grandparents fought for.”
We know that that is true. Evil can strengthen and trump good. You remember the beautiful past. The evil force and power of the Nazis and Fascists. And before them, you remember the English killing the French and vice versa. And at that time the French revenging to the Germans and vice versa. And the English setting the Germans against the French and the French against the Germans and so on. This is then, our brilliant European history that is a nausea. But that we don’t want to be repeated.
And so Brendan Cox says, “But that isn’t how it has to be.”
And I agree.
“Just as it has become apparent that tolerance and tolerant societies are only as strong as their defenders – there is nothing inevitable about the rise of hatred.
Instead of being a turning point for the worse, 2016 could be a wake-up call that brings us back together.
A wake-up call for all those of us who thought that the values that feel so much part of our society; of tolerance, of fair play – were in some way sacrosanct and didn’t need defending.”
Here again, I want to point out his brilliant idea of tolerance and defending values and of coming together.
We are tolerant in what we think that is not destructive to our common good. And we come together because of our common good and fate as humans. And therefore we must defend our dwelling place from evil wild animals.
But what is evil? An American philosopher said that evil is just the selfish thought of a man. For instance it might be good for you to rob someone and leave him without nothing. But this would not be good for the other.
That’s why good is to live in a society that is for all of us. For violence against people and to rob people’s rights can’t be good. Therefore, good means to live in a world that belongs to all of us. A world that is peaceful and fair.
Mr. Cox goes on to express his beautiful message and says,
“A wake up call that this isn’t someone else’s problem.
And a wake-up call, that we all have our part to play.”
Hold on a second! This world is ours. And our great values belong to all of us. Therefore great values need the participation of all humans. And each human to be responsible for his/her actions and take part in the action of making the world a better place.
So thumbs up for these beautiful words of this beautiful speech that need applause and respect
Three more points that I want to make in here come from these passages of his speech.
“In a speech a few weeks before she was killed, my wife quoted Edmund Burke who said that, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.
That has never been more true that at this Christmas.
…After all that’s happened this year, she would hope that all of us make a resolution to do something in 2017 to bring our communities back together. To reach out to somebody that might disagree with us. Now is not a moment to shout louder into our echo chambers. It’s a moment to reach out.
If 2016 was a wakeup call, I hope 2017 might be the year in which we realise that we’ve got more in common than that which divides us.”
The first point is that evil can trump good in a world where goodness doesn’t exist. And even Hegel once suggested that evil creates itself in being. And therefore good must be created in order to overcome evil in the ever-changing reality of being and nothingness. So let’s do something in 2017 like Brendan said. And do something for the better like I would love to see the world act.
Secondly, this idea “to reach out to somebody that might disagree with us.” That is very true.
Suppose that a man thinks that violence and hatred is “good.” So what shall we do? Ignore him and leave him spread his ignorant ideas? Or stop, speak to him and explain to him that our humanity and our great values are not based in violence and hatred but in our common good of doing and thinking.
Thirdly is the idea of what we have in common. Once Jean Paul Sartre said that we didn’t find values written in the skies. We created values. Therefore, I want to say that what we have in common are our great values that we have created. Like our common good, our human freedom, our democracy, our love for honesty, our humanity based in tolerance and understanding etc.
And this is the reason of why I said that Brendan Cox’s Christmas message is a million times more worthy than a million filthy queens or corrupted politicians. Because he pointed out the great values of humanity. He highlighted what we stand for. He didn’t praise the army for hours like our Prime Minister did. Nor is he part of a royal family that implies wars, evil power and privilege.
Peace and good let it be upon thee planet earth!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from me!
When I heard the speech of Brendan Cox I was moved. But I wasn’t moved of the way he spoke. Rather I was moved of the meaning of the words. So let us for the first time in our human history love more reason than emotions.
And these are my three tweets straight after I heard the speech of the Brendan Cox