Preface: It’s been a while since I wrote on the blog – I’m sorry but a lot is happening with the world and I needed to introspect on a deeper level and present my reflections cohesively. So here goes…
Why was I brought into this world? Why did I want to grow up so fast? Wasn’t innocent ignorance such a childhood bliss? Growing up and learning facts about history feels like an adults’ prison and watching the world as it currently strands lends itself to a perpetual helpless feeling. With the Paris agreement in shambles, and Qatar being scapegoated as a poster child for Terrorism by the Saudis, a completely corrupt imbecile is posing as the leader of the free world and questionable motives of the Russians unravelling to a world being divided on differences and perpetuated hate, the question that arises in my mind is – How did we get here?
Just like in a corporation, when external factors change much faster than internal systems can handle, change management is needed with the help of a true leader who can commandeer teams in the right direction. The world order has been needing a systemic change for a quite some time. But most governments are not being able to their job to their full potential, stifled by greedy and self-serving officials permeating through every level of the hierarchy all across international borders. Makes one wonder why that is and always has been? Why doesn’t it change? What will it take for a real change to come?
Since the earliest known civilizations known to mankind, one thing has become very clear – the initial drive for survival in man seems to always later progress to wanting more resources like land, wealth and capital. The Mesopotamian and Harappan civilizations were also eventually invaded because of their sheer prosperity. Through time we have seen kings, emperors and authoritarians repeat this cycle over and over – waging wars for more of those resources in the name of securing the future for their subjects or worse still, due to petty issues like ego and jealousy. Today, we seem to think of ourselves as civilized, yet so much is still wrong with world. If we really take a moment to take a few steps back and see the bigger picture, we will realize that we’re now instead at the mercy of those who abuse the power of their position. Which is not unlike notorious authoritarian rulers seen in the Arab World or even through the British colonial experience that still has visible and tangible effects impacting those regions. The common theme is flawed leaders who are unable to handle their responsibility, their minds corrupted by the drug-like high from their position of control, rendering them impotent in causing real beneficial change for the ones they swear to protect. The model of kings running kingdoms may have gone away, yet it still exists in the form of influential figures running the show behind the scenes.
In the ‘so-called’ modern world we find ourselves to be a part of system that, although initially built for better governance of larger clusters of land that we today call cities, states or countries, are now in the hands of those who abuse their influence to advance their own wants at the expense of the general public’s needs. All the while corporations profit by puppeteering such politicians by sponsoring and funding their campaign activities – of course, all of which comes with the proverbial ‘strings attached’. It’s not a surprise today when words like collusion and espionage are thrown around like candy in the news, thanks to all the ‘leaks’ that happen on the most revolutionary medium of communication that exists in our time – the Internet. I don’t know whether or not to thank Snowden or Assange to having started the trend of ‘truth sharing’ – not unlike the storyline explored in the critically acclaimed show Mr. Robot. How could these malicious intentions prevail despite all the laws that are supposed to stifle such behavior? The Anonymous group exists to throw light on exactly these issues – to make the world snap out of its cycle of illusion and see the real story that plays out right in front of us.
Recently, having watched the Planet Earth series of documentaries, I have had to reflect even further and draw from the teachings of the ancient Vedas from Hindu mythology – books that were written 5000+ Yrs ago (way back in the B.C.’s). The lesson learnt from there is that Good and Evil are two sides to the same coin, just like the fine line that draws the difference between use and abuse of power. It is also believed in Hinduism that man isn’t inherently evil, that it is rather perpetuated by the corrupting nature of being in the role of a leader and capacity to influence that comes with it. Surprisingly, this theme was explored in the recently released movie, Wonder Woman.
Think about it – humans are just one of hundreds and thousands of other species on this magnificent planet. How did we get so egoistic, that we leveraged our brain’s capacity to think, create and speak languages into all kinds of conveniences for mankind to thrive at the expense of other beings? Mass production and all its related problems exist only due to human over-population. It’s a vicious cycle that feeds into itself. There is a belief out there that instead of living longer, we humans are actually dying longer – and I agree with this. We are too many and living longer than originally meant to.
We keep reproducing more of ourselves due to social conditioning. We continue to poison our natural resources that later manifest as cancer or heart & lung diseases in our very bodies. We keep extending our life expectancy through medicine and science – not unlike how viruses grow resistant to anti-biotics. We continue to destroy the natural habitat for all the other co-habiting creatures. Don’t even get me started on greenhouse gases that come from sheer beef production (which exceeds the emissions from the auto-industry – just FYI), that we claim we ‘need’ to feed our planet. Finally, Netflix is ‘sort-of’ addressing this issue with its Korean movie Okja. We need more self-awareness around how each of our individual choices affects the world.
Our very real impact in the present moment and our simultaneous complete insignificance with respect to the timeline of earth’s existence as a planet, are important thoughts to carry together in our concious awareness going forward. I might have to agree with Republicans when they say humans don’t have the capacity to bring about the ice age again. It’s true! The Earth won’t get destroyed by our actions. The earth will heat and cool and everything in between just like it has over millenia. The earth will continue to exist, we might not though. Because it’s not climate change itself, but its effects that will bring about our personal downfall as a species. Reportedly, ice caps carrying dormant diseases frozen deep within are slowly thawing with rising world temperatures, making the threat of a bio-hazard by re-awakened bacteria very real. We are doing such a fantastic job of making sure we wipe ourselves out! Is this the world we want to bring new babies into? The ones considering really need to ponder over this reality.
So, what will it take for us to stop being the cancer that we are to this huge, magnificent and beautiful organism of a planet that we were blessed with? What will stop us from ending up in scenarios shown in movies like the Hunger Games and 2012 – where only the top 1% get to live with all the safety, security and luxury? To put it in extremes, only a foreign threat like an alien attack seems like something that could unite humanity into one cause. But, if hypotheticals are to be excluded, the only solution I see is to adhere to basic human empathy and compassion for other beings and creating systems that help shift the balance of power to an even plane, along with efforts in reducing the impact humans have had on multiple ecosystems through selfish behavior. We have to get over our obsession over ‘things’ and care about acheiving postive impact goals for living beings the world. Else, it might be too late to realise that there are species far more resilient and essential to the world, which will still be around it might be too late another 100 million years, long after we are gone and with it our sense of supremacy over other living beings.