Originally Posted by junder
We were all used to the violence, we then had a brief point in time when we hoped the violence was over, we even had a generation that grew up not knowing violence. We got used to there not being violence, now we are used to violence again, not only that, you in the republic are also used to violence in northern Ireland again. That's saying something.
Funny you should mention hope, my girlfriend put up the saying about the best trick the devil ever had was to make people think he didn't exist (or however it properly goes).
Yesterday I was thinking about hope and those that offer false hope. Offering false hope is possibly worse than offering no hope.
So is God worse than the Devil given the world in which we live and the things that happen there.
Again I can only give my personal opinion based on what I've read, heard, seen to do with NI, including visiting the place. That is I have not allowed myself to believe in hoping the violence was over.
While people pour out of NI in July, while kerb stones get painted, while numerous flags fly, while areas are ghettoised, I can't believe in what may be a temporary thing.
It will take generations, literally, of trusting and building before NI is anywhere near normal. That's not meant as an insult to anyone, but there are many instances where it can be backed up from the Jean McConville crime to that idiot mistaking the Italian flag for the Irish flag and making a fool out of himself.
I'm too long in the tooth to believe in miracle spot changing leopards. The way of life and thinking needs to be bred out of the place to become normal.