A Sad Concept – Us and Them

A Sad Concept - Us and Them
A Sad Concept – Us and Them

 

‘Us’ and ‘Them’

‘Us’ and ‘Them’.

From earliest times, humans formed

communities which offered them security and prosperity.

For cave dwellers, team work

may have been the difference

between life and death.

So, the concept of ‘Us’ was born

but with it came the idea of ‘Them’.

‘Them’, the ones who are not ‘Us’.

Today, we still recognise ‘Us’ and ‘Them’.

How many wars have been waged

across the globe and throughout time,

between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’?

In a world where difference

is eyed with suspicion,

will we ever be able to welcome

all members of ‘Them’

into the group we call ‘Us’?

What do you think?

4 Comments

  1. Chris

    I suppose if Us were a closed group then Them would not be welcome but if Us is an open group who welcome Them to integrate with Us then it’s only Us and Them until Them become Us.

    1. Dawnknox

      Yes. If only it were simply ‘Us’.

  2. Colin Payn

    Whilst I would agree that ‘them’ and ‘us’ based on nation, race, religion, colour or gender may be softened over time, although the Brexit result leaves me wondering, there are other ‘them’ and ‘us’ situations I would defend as critical.

    Wars are fought for power and spoils, the First World War is a case in point, the power struggle in the Balkans led to a settlement where the victors imposed impossible economic demands, ‘spoils’, that led directly to the rise of Hitler.

    The Roman Empire, the Spanish Conquests, the British Empire, wherever you touch them it was about power and money.

    But the ordinary citizen in conquering or conquered country didn’t benefit from the great wealth, so ‘them’ and ‘us’ was easy to see, and people were prosecuted, transported and hung for opposing the system. Kings, emperors, Popes maintained or lost their positions through murder, greed and generating hate against minorities that could be easily distinguished.

    In the UK individual large companies and industries, like coal and the print, found that the only bulwark against the unrestrained greed of the owners was the rise of trade unionism.

    So, where does that leave us today?

    Well I am quite clear who are still ‘them’ and equally clear that their support by papers like the Times, the Sun and the Daily Mail, all owned by men who don’t pay a penny in tax in the UK but seek to tell us how to run our lives, and what to think, have nothing to do with the well being of ‘us’.

    I do not think ‘they’ will ever want to join ‘us’, so they must be defeated, that is the way to make the World a safer and happier place.

    Colin

    1. Dawnknox

      Yes, I suppose there will always be ‘Them’s who don’t want to be ‘Us’. It’s just a shame that humanity is so fragmented and often on the basis of things like religion which should actually unite us.

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