Issue Nº 12
Printed Newspaper Journal – Summer 2016/17
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men
to do nothing.”
The world right now is going through some pretty horrific things. There are cities being decimated in absurdly titled ‘holy wars’, a bumbling billionaire who’sgotten way too close to pushing the self destruct button on this world, and on our own shores we seem to be led by people who, in the vast majority, are completely out of touch with how real societies actually run. It is when you focus on these types of complex problems that it seems as though the only option is to throw your arms in the air and say, “Fuck it, I’m moving to the forest where no one can find me.”
However, when you think about it, the world is always going through horrific things. It just feels like right now is worse than ever, or maybe we are finally becoming outraged enough at our fellow humans’ actions that we just see this particular moment in time as pretty bloody terrible.
As humans we can’t help but kill, dictate and destroy. And as humans we also can’thelp but try to fix these constant mistakes we keep making. It’s like someone digs a hole and we keep trying to show them how to get out - “Dig up stupid”. This hope we hold onto and pursue is what has kept this self-published rag alive for the past three years. The idea that you out there want to read these stories that exist around you but also the stories that exist nowhere near you. We may not be able to change the figureheads who are making these mistakes right now, but what we tell is a good old yarn. And by storytelling we can invoke empathy and change.
We recently learnt about the Museum for Empathy, a creation by writer and cultural thinker Roman Krznaric. Krznaric believes that empathy is the biggest chance we have as humans to effectively change the world. The idea is that through being able to truly understand others’ perspectives, we can enrich and change our societies for the better. One way that Krznaric demonstrated this was through the Empathy Museum’s exhibit, ‘A Mile in my Shoes’. The installation saw the audience literally put on someone else’s shoes and a pair of headphones. As you begin walking, the person’s shoes you are wearing begin telling you their story. The idea is that through story telling the exhibition creates empathy through eye opening, enlightening, humbling and often deeply moving stories of everyday people. Roman Krznaric believes that this is the most effective model for change and we like to think that maybe here at the North Journal, we share that ideology in some way.
We hope that the past three years of story telling has challenged, identified, enriched, enlightened or simply told you a good old yarn over your morning cuppa joe.