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RESPECT CREATES A BETTER COMMUNITY

 

There is a lot of hypocrisy gong on in the mainstream media and from politicians in the wake of the white supremacist terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to play the blame game about irresponsible social media without taken responsibility for their own contributions.

Mainstream media has moved so far right that it is not funny, with the West Australian newspaper becoming the mouthpiece for the Liberal/National Federal government and right-wing  columns by  Andrew Bolt, Paul Murray, Gemma Tognini and others.

Federal politicians have been engaging in fear mongering about Muslims and refugees, while the ultimate hypocrites must be Sunrise which puts Pauline Hanson on a weekly panel to sprout her racist nonsense, but suddenly attack her for those views after the Christchurch massacre.

There is no doubt though that social media has created a terribly negative community conversation that spreads hatred, ignorance, racism, innuendo, conspiracy and name-calling and where all respect for people with a different view point has disappeared, and that also happens on a local level here in Fremantle.

I want to believe that Australia is better than that! I want to believe that we are still the fair-go and tolerant multicultural country, where every law abiding person from all over the world can make a new home and where we welcome those who need a safe haven away from war, violence and abuse.

But we all need to be more aware of what we are writing on social media and try not to engage so dismissively and angrily when we don’t agree with posts of others, and the mainstream media needs to start to be more considerate and respectful as well and understand how damaging sensationalist reporting can be to individuals. The Jesse Hogan story of the Fremantle Dockers is such a case. This young man does have a mental health issue and he does not need to be humiliated in the media for that. Leave him alone and let him heal!

We should all take a lesson from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What empathy and compassion, what dignity, strength and integrity, and what outstanding leadership!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SHOWS RESPECT FOR CHRISTCHURCH VICTIMS OF TERRORISM

Posted in city of fremantle, community, crime, islam, terrorism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2019

 

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The Australian flag is flown half mast today on the Fremantle Townhall to show our community’s respect for the victims of yesterday’s mindless violent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 49 decent law-abiding citizens young and old were gunned down and died and many others injured.

I feel very shocked and have a sense of deep sorrow, but also anger that these terrorist attacks keep happening. I cried last night for the victims, as I have cried in the past for all the other victims of terrorism.

Hate and racism have no place in our society and violence never is the solution.

Roel Loopers

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THERE IS HOPE BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD!

Posted in environment, fremantle, future, humanity, people by freoview on December 21, 2016

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Christmas is a time of reflection and hope and with so much madness going on in the world we need to remain hopeful that we will be able to turn the destruction of the earth and oceans around and that there will be a good future for the next generations.

Humans do have the ability to stand up in adversity and make necessary changes. We have survived natural disasters and wars all over the planet many times and we can do it again if sanity prevails and if our political leaders become true leaders instead of being power hungry egos only interested in winning the next election.

It is shocking to see the destruction of Aleppo and other places of war and the plight of all these innocent people. It violates my heart to see the idiocy of terrorism and attacks on families because some fanatical criminals believe the god they believe in is better than the gods of other people.

But I remain confident about the future because my own experience with people of all different cultures and religions all over the world has shown that the vast majority of people are good and caring people who are willing to embrace and support fellow humans in need.

We cannot give up hope during the tsunami of madness that is happening and that has made 2016 such a challenging year. We cannot blame all Muslims for the actions of a small group of sadistic criminals, as we do not blame all Catholics for those priests who have abused children. Hatred will not solve anything and neither does blaming all for the crimes of some.

We need to learn the lessons of the past and become more responsible in looking after our planet because the environmental destruction is relentless above and below ground. We are suffocating our oceans while destroying our forests, because we want more and more and more, and that is not sustainable.

Innovation technology will help us to become smarter but our relentless consumerism needs to be curtailed because the environment is suffering because of it.

We need more tolerance and less judgment in our world and more acceptance of diversity. Culture, religion and the colour of someone’s skin are not reasons to reject people and we need to assess every individual on its own merits. There are bad apples in every family, in every country, in every race, religion and culture, but we must keep in mind that most people are good and caring.

I love life because I love people. I love the irreverence, the intelligence, the quirkiness and the true warmth of people and I love it that we are all so different but also so much the same. A big black fella in Fitzroy Crossing summed it all up perfectly for me one night when he looked at me and said “Isn’t it amazing brother that we both have red blood and brown shit.”

Have a very Happy Christmas. Smile at and say G’day to a stranger. Believe in yourself and all of us that we can and will create a better future for all where the poor are less poor and the rich a bit less rich. True equality will only happen if we look after each other better.

Roel Loopers

ALLONS ENFANTS DE LA PATRIE!

Posted in france, fremantle, roundhouse, violence, western australia by freoview on July 15, 2016

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The very thoughtful Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides raised the French flag this morning in solidarity with the people of France, after the horrendous terrorist attack in the city of Nice where at least 80 people got killed.

Let there be no doubt that these sick sadists who kill innocent people do not defend the honour of their god Allah but in fact insult the Islam religion. The millions of peaceful Muslims around the world are as much in horror about these attacks as the rest of us. Violence never brings solutions but only creates more hatred and more wars.

My heart bleeds for the people of France and the families and loved ones of those who died and got injured.

Roel Loopers

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4,000 US SAILORS IN FREMANTLE FOR THE WEEKEND

Posted in fremantle, us navy, western australia by freoview on June 26, 2015

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Welcome to the 4,000+ sailors of the US Navy USS Preble, USS Bonhomme Richard and the USS Green Bay who arrived in Fremantle port yesterday and will be staying for about four days.

We had a few of them visiting the Roundhouse and it is amazing how young these warriors look. One of them who serves with the Marine Corps was very impressed with Australia and the outgoing friendliness of the people here, so keep it up Freo and make those boys and girls feel welcome here.

Roel Loopers

DOES OUR SOCIETY STILL HAVE VALUES?

Posted in fremantle, roel loopers, values by freoview on May 18, 2015

Overcast weather always makes me a bit morose, emotional and contemplative, so I went back to some of my old writing in what once was meant to become a book. 50,000 words later the book has not eventuated, and probably never will, but I want to share these thoughts with you and see what reaction it creates.

What precisely are our values and morals, and do they mean the same for us? Are values for individuals, groups, communities? I believe we often do things to please others so that they like us, but that is then conditional liking/loving. Only if we do what they expect of us are we judged as being nice, good, likeable. I see that as a large part of the problem. Instead of sticking to our own values (if we know what they are) we adopt the ones other people set for us, be that politicians, friends or colleagues .

 Society likes sameness but feels challenged to accept individuality. Individuals are judged as not being normal. They are strange, unpredictable, scary even. Once people can place one into certain drawers it is fine. It makes them feel safe. I believe that is also why people don’t stand up and speak out about social injustices, etc. It would make them stand out from the norm, the crowd. It is much easier to hide in a crowd by being one of them.

 The result is that we all lose, because to move forward and improve society needs individuals who are brave enough to be different, and who might be abused for daring to be different. By not generating difference we create mediocrity and a lazy, complacent, greedy and selfish society where dog eats dog, where not many care about others. Combine that with ignorance and we have a breeding ground for one-eyed, narrow-minded bigots, zealots, extremists, fundamentalists and fascists. This is where the real danger lies. Add to that governments that want to take our liberties away by pretending that it is in our best interest-homeland security- and for our own safety.

 An American presidents once said something along the lines that it is dangerous and possibly counter productive to give away liberties for perceived temporary security. But that is what governments all over the world have been doing. All that on the back of thousands of decent, non violent muslims who now have to live with racism and rejection, often in the western countries where they were born. (Once governments create a common enemy people will live in fear and will embrace radical changes to their liberty).

 Moral values and obligations to others don’t seem to exist. We don’t respect religions other than our own. The other religions are the common enemy. They are wrong, not we, and the God we believe in is better than their God anyway.

 Governments love this us and them thinking as it gives them more power to control all of us and it allows them to keep taking away liberties from us. I keep asking myself on what values this is based.

 Instead of a WE society we live in a ME society. Me, me, me, it’s always only about me. I believe the basic values are respect for other people and their beliefs, and a desire to care for and share with our fellow human beings, and being an active and positive part of the community and the exciting global village we live in. Now that must make me positively mad in the eyes of many. No wonder some call me Loopy. ; > )

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE WELCOMES US SAILORS

Posted in navy, usa by freoview on April 26, 2015

Fremantle has got 20% more people living here for six days with the US Navy boosting our 30,000 residents by 6,000. The navy personnel is on a well-earned R&R after months of deployment in the Middle East fighting the Islamic State.

The Nimitz Class supercarrier Carl Vincon is in Gage Road and the sailors are being ferried to Victoria Quay by the Perth Diving Academy, while the USS Bunker Hill and USS Gridley are at berth at C Shed.

Roel Loopers

BLACKHAWKS OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in blackhawks, fremantle, sas by freoview on March 5, 2015

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The SAS Blackhawks Sikorsky helicopters have been flying over Fremantle for a few days now and what a frightening and intimidating sound it is to hear them flying over. One can understand the trauma the noise would cause in warn-torn countries and we can count ourselves lucky to live in Australia.

These three flew over Bathers Beach at sunset yesterday.

Roel Loopers

INTOLERANCE IS NOT SUPERIORITY

Posted in fremantle, terrorism by freoview on January 10, 2015

I have been wondering for a long time what it is that makes so many people believe they are superior to others. My thoughts have been going there for years. Why are people racist, why do people believe their god, their culture, their skin tone is superior? And it does not stop there because it happens in schools and in the workplace and on our roads. People become bullies because they believe they are superior to others, they kill because they believe their religion and their god are superior and that they should punish those inferiors who dare to believe in a different god and who have a different culture

The West Australian reports today about an increase in road accidents involving cyclists, who end up badly hurt under trucks and four-wheel drives, mainly because motorists believe they are superior to other road users. It’s not often ones sees a car give way to pedestrians when rounding a corner, although that is a requirement.

Religious zealots around the world believe they have a god-given right to kill people and kids believe it is okay to defame and humiliate other children on social media, because society is becoming more righteous and selfish. The ME society is more about ego than about sharing and tolerance. Lack of respect for others makes people feel superior and hence they don’t care about the consequences of their actions. Killing an ‘infidel’ or a cyclist is no big deal for those whose arrogance is disproportionate to their intelligence. Inconsiderate speeding hoons terrorise our roads daily while religious terrorists go on rampages to prove points their prophets have never made.

What we don’t seem to understand is that we are all just ripples in the big pond of life and that our self-importance is basically silly. Life is like a market with many stalls and there would not be a market if there were only one single stall, run by someone with a big over-inflated ego. It is a very simple message really, but one that many people don’t seem to get.

Share and care, show empathy instead of judgment, show love not hate, embrace and don’t reject. Have enough confidence to respect other gods and cultures because it won’t diminish the importance of your god and your belief. Your car does not make you the owner of the roads or superior to cyclists, so slow down, give way, take care, and show that you care!

The world is a grandiose place of immense beauty and there is enough of it for all of us to share, no matter what we look like or believe in. Let’s go out there each and every day and show that we care and that we value the lives of everyone.

Je suis Charlie. R.I.P.

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIA BECAME A BETTER COUNTRY IN DECEMBER

Posted in australia, christmas, fremantle by freoview on December 24, 2014

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Christmas is the time for hope and to reflect, but looking back in regret and contemplating what could have been is not very productive, so I want to concentrate on the one important aspect, that Australia this month became a much better country.

Forget the political mediocrity at state and federal level and the inconsistent performance of Fremantle council and reflect instead on the fact that Australians have shown great empathy and humanity in the last few weeks.

The saddest moments this year for me were the drowning of the autistic boy Sam in Landsdale, the terror idiocy in Sydney, and the horror of the eight murdered children in Cairns.

But what came out of it was an amazing show of care and compassion when hundreds of people from all over Perth joined the search for little Sam, and then the vigil, the carols and his funeral.

In Sydney thousands came to show their respect and lay flowers and the Muslim community made a great effort to show that the lunacy of a criminal murderer had nothing to do with religion or culture and was not done in the name of their god.

How can one not get cold shivers when one thinks of the saddest tragedy of all when the sacredness of childhood was taken away so brutally, but again the community in Cairns rallied and showed they care and that they hurt and grieve with the affected families.

Australians have shown that we reject the suggested narrow-minded madness that the solution to violence and terror is to carry guns, and that we believe that a sophisticated society like ours is better than that. We have shown that revenge and hatred are not the way we react when madness challenges our values and democracy. We have shown that we don’t want to react with racism and judgmental violence and that we are mature enough to know that the act of an intolerant zealot had nothing to do with the Australian Muslim community.

 Australia matured in December and has become a much better country for it.

 Have a very happy Christmas!

Roel Loopers

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