So here is something even scarier: a summary of today's news from cnn.com:
- Flash mobs in the wake of the London riots causing mayhem in U.S. streets;
- Joplin cleaning up after massive tornado;
- After-effects of the mass murders in Norway, which were because of racial and religious intolerance;
- Continuing violence in the Middle East as the wars drag on;
- Free-fall of the U.S. stock markets as an indicator of deep recession;
- Possible failure of European governments;
- etc. etc. etc.
What's the world coming to?
It's difficult for a thinking person not to be profoundly saddened by the state of the world today.
Surely every generation has said this, but I can't remember any cluster of such disturbing events in my lifetime and can't recall any similar thing in the history of the world. We are seeing a convergence of natural, economic, and humanitarian disasters and a clear path of self-destruction.
Is there a way out? Surely. But recovering from these tragedies and preventing others like them would require a paradigm shift of the global society:
- From economies and governments founded on greed, profit and power to those based on compassion for humanity and the earth;
- From efforts of destruction to cooperative re-building;
- For governments rejecting their agendas of petty politics or absolute power to promoting the well-being of all;
- From fear of those who may be "different" in their race or religious or personal beliefs to respect and - dare I say it - love.
One thing is sure: life as we know it will change dramatically. It already has. The only question is whether or not we can work together for positive change.
Or will we stand back idly and think it is someone else's responsibility to save the world?
Two others said it better than I ever could:
- Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
And finally, the greatest song ever written, "Imagine" by John Lennon (1940-1980):
Well, that's enough preaching. Now it's time for each of us to roll up our sleeves and answer the question, "What can I do?"