Island of Ireland history

Today, the news has been filled with a historic decision from a local political party, here on the island of Ireland. Let me tell you, briefly, what it means.

Ireland trouble’s

A few decades ago, the streets of Northern Ireland were riddled with British Army troops, our national police service, alone with many others – including the Republic of Ireland’s police service.

The troubles mainly came about because of the religious difference between people. But not just any religious stance, back then, religion wasn’t just about God, or what you thought was going to happen after you died, but religion meant, and still means (although it is getting a little better) the following for everyone living in Northern Ireland, and Ireland:

What name your parent(s) would give you
Harold, a popular Protestant name. OR Gerard, a popular Catholic name.
What school you went to
School’s here are not based on academic performance, they are also determined by who is on the Board of Governors
What sport you supported as a child, and adult
Celtic Football Club for Catholic’s. OR Ranger’s Football Club for protestant’s
Where you grew up
There are literally areas of Northern Ireland which determine where people can live due to their religious belief.

Although Northern Ireland (NI) has a lot of history, it is getting better. For example, there are now ‘mixed’ areas whereby protestant and catholic’s do live next door to one another. Not between a dividing wall separating two different neighbourhood’s.

Them and us

Even writing this blog post, I have had to keep attention to detail. If I said Catholic first, I followed it by Protestant (such as the third point above). In the next example (of the third first above), I used Protestant first, then followed by Catholic. Many people here don’t think about this balance, leading more and more people here to become more divided.

Parents, unfortunately played, and still play a large role in this divide. What if people were able to go to any school because it has a bigger department they’re interested in? What if, people could choose a football team because of the football abilities, rather than what religion the team are?

Future’s for dreaming

Today has been a positive reinforcement that peace is truly under way, here in Northern Ireland. The biggest Catholic party (Sinn Fein) have decided to meet and shake hands with the Queen. To outsiders, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. But it really does prove that the peace process is actually peaceful. Peace today is about wanting a better future, for all, regardless of who some named after, or what religion one believes.

Today’s history also means that children who were born today, will grow up in a more peaceful, non bigotry manner. The political parties are starting to think like humans, local humans, by doing things the vast majority of people want them to do

I’ll probably revisit this later, but all I wanted to get across is, people can change, places do change, and change is often a very positive thing

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News story, twisted on purpose

Yesterday, I was reading a BBC news story online, and I got thinking around it’s content. So, briefly, what was the news story about so you can get what I meant about thinking around the content?

  • the internet group Anonymous attacked (500) websites in China
  • most of the web sites were government based, or related agencies
  • Anonymous used their message to promote Chinese citizens to rebel against the ‘controlled’ society

political & social view

For some people reading this post (and linked article) the thoughts of cyber war might be running through their mind. For others, the thoughts of how Chinese citizens are ‘locked away’ from the ‘real world’ might come to the fore. For others, the Great China Firewall, or for the techie people the thoughts of a well controlled (DoS) attack was successfully accomplished in the ‘tailored,’ often unknown and limited, infrastructure of the Chinese internet was avoided and bypassed by effective use of computer skills.

Chinese firewall for computers within China

self and spotlight

Whatever your view is on the actual content of this article, doesn’t really matter for this post. Why? Well, I want to tease out one keyword from the article – anonymous! Not the actual group Anonymous, but what the word actually means.

being different

I am in no way praising Anonymous for their activities, or trying to establish why they have done something and how it might be the right or wrong thing to do. Who am I to judge and condemn? But what I am saying is that, us human’s need to realise that being out of the limelight, often working away anonymously isn’t always a bad thing.

dare to be different

Text: "dare to be different"

Perhaps not being at the forefront of a crowded room isn’t always a good thing. Perhaps not letting people know what great work you are doing is always a good thing. Perhaps being anonymous allows us to be content with ourselves rather than that of others – perhaps, this is a really good thing.

the power of you

So the power of producing good quality work and combining it with less self praise is very powerful. In an earlier post on education, I pointed out that we need to reward ourselves, but I also pointed out that some people reward themeselves too much. But hopefully this post shows that you can do things without being fully recognised. That is, Anonymous (perhaps not all good) do work without recognising individuals, yet they make the headlines, they make a huge impact on our lives by using ICT’s.

So next time…

  • …you produce a good quality report, don’t run around too much saying what you did. The cover sheet with your name is enough
  • …you complete a presentation successfully, sit down and reflect to yourself, how well it went without ranting about your wonderful qualities

Why? Well self praise is no praise. And if you deserve praise you will get it eventually. Keep up the good work.

Thanks for allowing me to share what might seem to be a wacky thought behind an important piece of news.

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