In these days,weeks and months as a cornucopia of catastrophes, disasters and bad news are upon us, we have ample opportunity to study the human mind at large. How does the human race keep up facing unprecedented adversity on a global scale ?
Truly, there is not a single spot on this earth that is currently spared by the epochal events that have unleashed and keep bearing down on us. Climate change, erratic weather, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts have left a path of destruction and a scarcity of food. The global financial crisis is leading to monumental debts on both side of the Atlantic, leaving those countries that have been thriving on an ostensibly growing economy, vulnerable. We are learning that growth does not necessarily translate into prosperity and we are facing a reality of high unemployment, depressed home values and state budgets in deep trouble. On the other hand, there have been healthy corporate profits and even a recovery of the financial sector, which led to a sigh of relief by those, confusing the stock-market with the state of the economy. Because companies and banks alike, are either sitting on their cash, or use it to buy back stock or acquisitions to increase their share prices. Needless to say, those are the very corporations and banks that have received billions of bail-out money from taxpayers to rescue them from going under.
We have a revolution in the Middle East that is toppling old systems, mostly driven by high food prices and a desperate population that has become wary of being coerced and exploited by their feudalistic rulers. And then of course, there is the energy crisis, that started off with the BP oil spill in the gulf, had an intermezzo with flooded coal mines in Queensland, and is now culminating with the Fukushima melt-down disaster.
In many ways, I think Fukushima is symbolic for the transition from the old world of fossil fuel ( coal, petrol and natural gas)) to the new age of energy. It takes a bold step to make this transition and it requires a “meltdown” of old beliefs and systems, as well as an increased level of consciousness in all of us, to make that shift. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that the disaster takes place in Japan, a society that is split between their old values of connectedness and reverence to nature, and the lure of Western style capitalism.
We all knew the New Earth was imminent and this is how we are creating it. We simply allow old systems to self-destruct. I have been wondering why there is not more of a public out-cry, at least in the US or Europe regarding the abysmal behavior and actions of governments and regulators trying to contain the debt- and financial crisis, by protecting the very structures and mechanisms that caused them. I have been wondering that nobody demanded more determined action regarding the safety – if not shut-down- of nuclear power plants. I am wondering that European and Americans are not taking to the streets like their brothers and sisters of the Middle East – God knows, there is enough reason for it to end this horrific display of incompetence and impertinence here and now. But all is quiet and everyone is getting used to the endless stream of disaster on television.
The human mind is a strange thing. It shuts off in the face of danger and I think this is what is happening now. There is no way that people of this earth do not sense the approaching breakdown and fundamental changes of their political, economic, financial, societal and public systems. And yet, I do not observe many outcries or even concerns. People here go to work, book vacations and enjoy spring. Maybe its just one part denial, one part delusion and one part fatalism.
Maybe its just moving naturally into the now and waiting for things to come. That would actually be a quite healthy human reaction. As for me – I can see so very clearly how all of this is connected and how much it will affect us in a very near and very unpredictable future. But then I know – the future does not exist and the only place to be, is here and now.
Where I will rest and see.