The neutral would have felt there was a sense of injustice against Croatia in the football last night. I certainly did, though I do have a Balkan bias. In fact it got me more angry than I have about much for a long time. You know that sense of righteous anger when you know you have witnessed some huge injustice but you can’t really do anything about it? That is what I was feeling. I vented on facebook and twitter a bit, and waited for the likes, comments and re-tweets to help me feel justified in my anger.
And then it hit me – why do I feel so angry about a game of football when there are so many other injustices going on in the world that are infinitely more serious than a bad refereeing decision or two.
Here are my top 5 issues (with links) that I would rather not watch or read about:
- That the Syrian Civil War has been going for over three years
- That real people, including children, are trafficked for slavery and sexual exploitation
- That it’s likely that more than one child on my street has been abused recently
- That while you have been reading this blog about 6 children have died because they were hungry
- That this very World Cup that many of us are so excited about is the showcase event for one of the world’s most powerful, corrupt and down right evil bunch of humans – FIFA
Of course the list could go on. They’re just headline grabbers. Behind all of these are individual humans, suffering horrifically.
It’s just a bit overwhelming really. What to do?
And getting angry about football….really?