Monday, November 14, 2016

Time Magazine: "The End is Near"

Well, we can only hope and pray this will come soon
Time Magazine

Another stressful and controversial year is almost finished here in 2016 as time pants on to the end. Incredible apathy pervades this world in general as various ruling political ideologies (& their most diehard promoters) continue to convince masses of people that only their side can bring about real change. Truth is, mankind in general over the centuries has been merely treated to the same old same old under a different recycled label for eye candy appeal. Nothing's really ever changed. From the time I grew up in the 1960s where radical college & university activism really got it's start, nothing has really improved. We are in a time of angry activism with that symbolic angry clenched fist thrust upward into the air.  Well known British author of Indian ancestry, Salman Rushdie, had one of the more accurate and interesting observations I've ever listened to as to why many of these activist movements (political, environmental, religious, etc) are so flawed in ever accomplishing their goals.

“We live in an age of identity politics in which people have been encouraged to define themselves by what makes them angry. You know, I mean, I would say that the more healthy definition of the self is to define it in terms of the things you value and care about and love, you know."     
"But now, we seem to be—or many of us—seem to be defining ourselves by what we hate. You know, and that rage, as you say, becomes a badge of identity—becomes a kind of selfhood." 
"Classically, we have defined ourselves by the things we love. By the place which is our home, by our family, by our friends. But in this age we're asked to define ourselves by hate. That what defines you is what pisses you off. And if nothing pisses you off, who are you?"
CNN Interview of Salman Rushdie - transcript
What an incredibly bold and astute observation of how the leadership of various so-called enlightened movements have mutated so low and justifying such a low road as being for the greater good. It's a sad fact that many political ideologies and environmental movements are also manipulating children for the very same reason. Between 1998 & 2001, I worked on various University and Community College campuses throughout northern and southern California for the financial aid industry.  Moving around I watched first hand how many environmental and political activist groups took advantage of student youth and inexperience which were fertile ground to indoctrinate and manipulate into supporting some imaginary utopian cause. Human beings while young are like potter's clay which is easily molded for a specific purpose by the potter. It should be a parent's responsibility to know and understand what is taking place in all schools so as to safeguard their children from predatory thought police. Later in life at adulthood such molding is almost impossible. So today's youth are generally the prime target. Young people do not have the common problems of family and financial responsibility obligations either. By nature they gravitate towards such things as civil disobedience and disrespect for authority. Most people often forget that many college aged students are still emotionally and mentally nothing more than children in adult bodies. Not all, but many. What I've noticed over some decades is that often times, these once young energized activists will at some point completely burn out as they further approach adulthood where the true realities of life set in when they go to find a job, get married and later have kids. There may be a few who will continue to follow the cause of an Activist movement, but quite often they only do so through an anonymous avatar profile within some popular social media site on the internet. Hence they become the new recruiters. Colleges and Universities can be compared to a sustainable agricultural enterprise where every year brings in a new crop of inexperienced young people. So these activist movements are kept sustainable by having a permanent presence on campuses where they acquire newer immature recruit prospects not fully aware of what they are getting themselves into. This happens irrespective of the type of cause or political affiliation of the organization involved in the harvesting work. In the end, nothing ever changes for the better. Since the enlightened age of the Counterculture protests of the 1960s, nothing has gotten better from either an ecological or environmental perspective where our natural world is on the brink of collapse with the global nations as a whole not really knowing the way out. 

Now that this USA Presidential Election is over and has anything changed for the better ? Apparently not if some leaders of the opposition have their way. We see the same old same old when it comes to partisan finger pointing and insults from both sides. Once again we see the College Students are being harvested for the newer activism movement against the new evil establishment. The Press themselves have recently been exposed as a major factor in this ongoing disunity. Other nations also, especially over here in Europe have been upset that the United States hasn't moved towards a more Socialist Utopia like themselves. Well, *cough-cough* not exactly, expecially with the major blunder decision making they've brought upon themselves from 2015 thru 2016. This failure of there being any viable political solution being realized was summed up by Margaret Thatcher, who gave a speech at the 40th Anniversary Session of UN General Assembly with the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan on October 24, 1985 where she put the blame for the failure of the United Nations squarely on the shoulders of all it's member Nations. 
"Secondly, when we ask about shortcomings we should start by looking at ourselves. The United Nations is only a mirror held up to our own uneven, untidy and divided world. If we do not like what we see there's no point in cursing the mirror, we had better start by reforming ourselves."
Source - Margaret Thatcher Foundation 
Unfortunately, the various activists from both sides have a bad habit of never looking into the mirror and admitting they also are equally part of the problem as those they hate. But I was pleasantly surprised to read one ABC News report from Los Angeles California where they attempted to explore the reaction of hispanics to the Donald Trump victory. As a general rule the media looks for  controversial outrage to stir up their ratings which are actractive to their advertisers. I don't think the comments ABC got were exactly what they expected or wanted. Fortunately for the average readers, they did go ahead and printed them anyway. Take this one below:
ABC NEWS - "Hispanic Community in Los Angeles Reacts to President-Elect Donald Trump"


As a Jehovah's Witness (Los testigos de Jejoval), 81-year-old Rudolph Anparano said he believes people should "respect superior authorities" when it comes to the president of the United States.   
"Nothing I hear today is any different than I heard in my youth," Anparano said.      
Anparano and his parents were born in the United States, but his grandparents are from Spain.       
People should be "respectful of humans in general," Anparano said.
(Source - ABC News - Los Angeles)
Mr Anparano's beliefs are one of neutrality. He has a true sincere belief in the Kingdom of God as the only legitimate government and therefore takes no political stand in the politics of any nation. He also respects others right to choose. The other churches recite that Lord's Prayer from memory as a ritual of sorts without really ever understanding it's true intent. If we take just the three topics of import in that prayer, you'll see these texts are in direct conflict with what most churches teach (Matthew 6:9-10 King James Version):
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
Personally I find the old archaic English a bit hard to follow, but here is looking up on google, here is how Mr Rudolph Anparano's New World Translation renders this same text in modern English:
"Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your Kingdom (or government) come, let your will (of purpose) take place, as in heaven, also on earth."
Rudolph Anparano's belief is that only God can govern mankind properly, but he recognizes the legitimate right of the present world governments to exist without interference from Christians meddling in this world's politics. His lack of confidence in human rule are highlighted in other texts referenced in the bible:
"Man has dominated man to his injury."
(Ecclesiastes 8:9 New World Translation)
"I well know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step."
(Jeremiah 10:23 New World Translation)
Mr Anparano's attitude of not hating someone based on the race baiting that continues to be prevalent in our modern times also reminds me of the three sisters of black man, James Byrd, of Texas who was murdered in the most brital manner. His three sisters are also Jehovah's Witnesses. Here was their response when interviewed:
 “Having a loved one tortured and lynched produced an unimaginable sense of loss and pain. How does one respond to such a brutal act? Retaliation, hateful speech, or promotion of hate-ridden propaganda never entered our mind. We thought: ‘What would Jesus have done? How would he have responded?’ The answer was crystal clear. His message would have been one of peace and hope.”  
“We recall the realistic statements made in our publications that some injustices or crimes are so horrendous that it will be harder to say, ‘I forgive you’ and just walk away. Forgiveness in such instances could be just letting go of the resentment so that one can move on with one’s life and not become physically or mentally ill because of harboring resentment.” 
(Source)
Other countries around the globe are also experiencing an end to once homogenous culture which creates challenges to stability. I've previously written about this final experimental type of governance called
 Democracy which got it's birth in Greek history. It's often hailed as the perfect type of government mankind has ever invented. But just how perfect is such a government if the average citizen with all the same imperfect flaws common to all people elects as leader another imperfect human being with the same identical flaws and failings ? Rather than being the answer, democracy is also a hindrance to true peace and security. Democracy will always mean at best 49% verses 51%, give or take a few percentage points. There will never ever be a true unanimous concensus. People whose side loses the election and are terribly unhappy about it can only fault themselves because of something called community responsibility. Why ? Because to believe in democracy has always been about both sides accepting the final results. But we all know that is not how it goes down. If one group is angry over the result, then it's revolution time and peace is just some mythical illusion. What both parties really want is absolute power with their respective side's ideology dominating over the other side. So what do today's election results really mean for hispanic peoples ? Today most of the Press Media is pushing fear-mongering as an answer to their frustration. Somebody once described FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real. Okay, that’s a nice acronym. Sort of catchy. Kind of a new trendy Meme to spread around on all those time wasting social media sites. But what about hispanics ? What can they do ?


They'll figure something out. They always do!

I've grown up and lived around the hispanic community most all of my life. Hispanics are some of the most resilient, resourceful and tough peoples I know. They are incredibly problem solving with McGuyver-like ingenuity and a love of family closeness that sadly most of the affluent regions of the USA have long lost. For decades in many Latin American countries to the south the hispanic culture have had to endure under harsh oppressive political regimes and economic corruption. So this isn't exactly like something they have never encountered before. But I really appreciate this Mr Rudolph Anparano's take on respect for authority no matter who is in power. The present hatred that is prevailing all across the United States is now the result of Adult Activist organizations recruiting mainly people with inexperience of youth to do the dirty ground work. this is creating a dangerous scenario if they are not careful. Everyone should take to heart the words expressed by Salman Rushdie, Margaret Thatcher and Rudolph Anparano. Neither side's version of ideology here is going to bring about true peace and security if indeed that is their ultimate goal as advertised. This world's direction is clearly on a wrong course and it's NOT just one side's fault as opposed to another. Both are running neck and neck in the whose got the moral high ground derby and no matter who claims to come off the winner, the common people on Earth will be the loser. Be extremely careful who or what you put your faith and trust in folks, because this is all insaneness is about to hit the proverbial fan very soon now.


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