When I originally started the Buthidars some years ago now, I was very into using Facebook. I was also very interested in all things Knights Templar, in particular The Order of St Lazarus. I had envisioned the Buthidars being set up as a non-religious group operating along the lines of one of the chivalrous orders with a hierarchy in each country from Grandmaster down.
Rather than the Cross of St Lazarus I wanted to show more a care for the world in general and not just for lepers.
I believed then, and still do, that with a Grandmaster in each country able to organise groups in each area who could then break it down into smaller, more local groups, each area could have like a ‘hit squad’ quickly able to respond to problems. With a variety of people within groups, not responsible to any religion there would be a good knowledge base to offer advice as well as maybe practical help to anyone in need from any social group.
On Facebook this started well and there were people from a variety of countries ready to start and from a variety of disciplines. There were people able to offer advice to those who felt they were being forced in to marriage as well as those able to offer help and advice to those with a short term mental illness to debt problems. The move from Facebook didn’t go well as at that time people weren’t willing to move to other social sites and I let things lapse badly. A great disappointment to me personally was wanting to have a day of Hugs Across The World which I hoped would bring people together and show them that others cared. I wrote to so many student unions Worldwide and got virtually no response. It brought me to a low point in my life.
I became ill. I paid for someone to come over from Africa so we could talk about raising funds for a school with accommodation attached for the children. I managed to get the funding promises together but Africa didn’t take the project forward. I also gave away a fortune to everyone who said they had need, and I admit this was to the detriment of my own family. I became more and more insular as time went on and the Buthidars went to a back burner.
I’m not in a good place at the moment and the insularity has so much appeal but I can’t help but think there is still need for the Buthidars in the World. Crossing all boundaries and supplying those hugs that the world still seems to need. I still hope that one day the world can learn to live at peace and we’ll be happy to offer an embrace to anyone regardless of where they’re from. I’m convinced it’s people like you who will bring the peace about, who will show others that we care and where possible we will help.
I’m hoping you have as much faith in yourselves as I have in you.