Lately I’ve been going through an amazing stretch of life, where literally everything is treating me well. However, it’s meaningful knowing that most of the planet, at the same time, isn’t doing that great.
One such example is the people of Venezuela as of several days ago.
I first found this video on Facebook this morning. It was eye-opening and brought me back to a piece of reality.
Whenever I think of Venezuela’s political situation, former president Hugo Chavez is always the first thing that pops into my head. These days I have to remind myself that he died last year.
Before that, the U.S. gave Venezuela a bad rap with socialist Chavez at the helm. I remember the news outlets usually mentioning him criticizing U.S. foreign policy or making these amazingly negative remarks.
For example, he called George W. Bush a donkey in 2006. Looking back I can see why our media bothered to pay attention.
Fast forward to now and Chavez may be gone, but the oppressive Venezuelan government isn’t. As you can tell from the video, the situation is getting worse.
Without even Twitter access for its people, Venezuela has no free speech. That’s a problem. Free speech is essential for a good government, most Americans (and I) would argue. The violent police force, of course, doesn’t help.
So for those of us living in much nicer, freer parts of the world, what can be done? What can we do to help Venezuelans who have it a lot worse than us?
Here are some possible solutions:
- Share the video. The more people that know, the more pressure there will be on the Venezuelan government internationally.
- Blog about it. Write about it. Put your opinions out online and to other people you know in your life face-to-face.
- Pray for them, no matter what your religious beliefs. I’m dead serious about this. Even if prayers aren’t strictly “answered” according to scientific theory, they can at least help put our minds at ease.
Bottom line: if you care about humanity, pray for Venezuela.
If you’re living the good life with available food, water, and shelter, pray for Venezuela.
If you’re able to write a blog post or tweet and not have to worry about government censorship, pray for Venezuela.
If everything in your life is going well and you wish more people could experience the emotional high…pray for Venezuela. Pray for other loved ones. Pray for the world.
Because it’s the right thing to do.