Tuesday, 3 April 2012

March in Remembrance of Dee Corr.


On the 15th of April there will be a March in Remembrance of Dee Corr. It will make its way from the site of Dees death at the flat where he lived in the New Lodge to Custom House Square. Dees name is all over this and rightly so but this is not just about Dee and it’s not just about Belfast.

We are living in a very loosely based collective which is severely fragmented. We do not reach out and touch each other because we are afraid. We walk past each other in the streets with our earphones in looking at the ground because we have been taught to be suspicious of strangers. We analyse everything people say to us looking for signs they might be sexual predators or weirdos or just plain anti-social and yet it us who are anti-social. We push everyone away and go home and lock our doors behind us hoping that the politicians or the clergy will just make the bad world go away, well the bad world isn’t going to go away it is our fear which is making the bad world what it is because we’re all selfish little boys and girls who never grew up.

We have no community. Having gone through the troubles and all the horror associated with that dark time we never did anything when peace came along except get drunker on our own selfishness. If you think I am not talking about you, you’re wrong.

If you live in this City, if you live in this country come to this March and show us that you care for the place where you live, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t know Dee lets start building a community that generations in the future can look back on and be proud of. Lets go and look into every dark crevice and every disturbed mind in this city, without fear and accept all there is to accept. Lets start treating the Foreigners and the Homeless and the Addicts and the Spides like human beings and they’ll stop wanting to attack the place we live in. Behind every set of angry eyes is a human being who has never been loved or accepted and many of the supposed pillars of the "community" suffer from their own forms of social sickness. We are all human beings and the modern age has meant we were all born with a degree of trauma. Lets start giving each other a break.

This is one afternoon out of your life. If we all give a little bit of our time back to the city, back to the country and we all stop worrying about hypothetical situations that only exist in the gossip we all so freely and maliciously partake in we can build something beautiful but it will take us all to do it.

If you think I am wrong and that the fault of this whole mess lies with the lower classes and the Foreigners and the Homeless continue on your little crusade but remember it is not winnable because negativity just creates more of itself. If you think that it’s them who are being negative, be mindful for if you attack someone who has just attacked you, you have become the attacker, you have become that which you wished not to be. If it was wrong for them to attack you how could it possibly be right for you to retaliate? If someone else chooses to be at odds with the world that is their beef and karma rewards in kind it is not up to you or me or anyone to judge, the universe pays anyone who defies it back in time and by its rules. We have no right to ascertain who should deserve what and we certainly should not be judging people who have done nothing other than be emotionally and socially unwell.


On the 15th of April there will be a March in Remembrance of Dee Corr. It will make its way from the site of Dees death at the flat where he lived in the New Lodge to Custom House Square. Dees name is all over this and rightly so but this is not just about Dee and it’s not just about Belfast.

If you are free that day you should go to this March. Only we can make our world a better place but we all need to be there to do that.

1 comment:

  1. Great piece of writing Séamus. Its time to starting building all inclusive integrated communities. RIP Dee Corr.

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