Exhausted

Whatever our politics, Americans, Europeans and people in developed nations are exhausted.

We disagree to the point of absurdity. Antagonists and supporters of candidates, officials or policies struggle when we see that our resistance or support will have to go on and on and on. We are tired of arguing, of losing friends, and of pretending that politics are not the elephant in the room. We are tired of the news and we feel guilty when we hide from it. We feel guilty when we do not do as much as we think we should and useless when whatever we do seems to be an exercise in futility.

Is there a solution? Can we see a silver lining in the fact that so many more people are engaged in government affairs? Perhaps, because in a sense the ability to disagree is a great freedom. What do you think?

See New New York, 3000 Years Later to consider a society which requires everyone to behave according to the motto “One Spirit! One Word! One World!”

Divided 

People of the world have been united and divided for as long as we can remember. City states warred for territory. Religious loyalists sought to impose their beliefs through both kindness and viciousness. Social groups fought to promote their values and to protect their status. Immigrants and emigrants crossed mountains, oceans ,and deserts going to seek fortunes or to escape from natural and man made disasters.

Thus, we organized ourselves into groups that collided with other groups. We identified with those who resemble or reflect ourselves and rejected those who differed in appearance, or belief, or custom. We forged alliances and fought enemies with different peoples at different times. Such behavior seems inherent to our humanity.

Many of us continue to force our beliefs, methodologies, and customs on others, believing them to be more truthful or superior. Of course we cannot impose our appearance on others except by blending our races over time. Our attitudes about racial mixing, though, are fraught with prejudice, attraction and other factors that are not totally clear even to ourselves.

Still, some of us resist and “otherizing” people who differ from ourselves. We try to appreciate at least some differences.

Today we are most focused on a political divide which encompasses all the other divides: racial, economic, social and cultural. We are most divided in our notion of unity. How should we govern ourselves and be governed? How should we behave publicly? Should we be polite or honest? What does civility mandate?

What is our responsibility to our fellow man, to our world and to future generations? Can we do or be me better? Can we achieve a more peaceful world? How much of our behavior is determined by our history and our destiny?

What do your think?

For some historical and philosophical insight consider the story of the great Mahabharata War which pitted families and friends against one another. See an analysis on pages 80-86 in On Hinduism by Irina Gajjar.

Back to the Future

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Two hundred and forty years ago, in 1776, the United States of America exited Britain, after winning a hard fought revolutionary war. Now Britain has decided to exit the European Union after peaceful vote called Brexit. One way or another, the alignment and realignment of peoples is ongoing.

In 2014, Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, but now there are thoughts of reconsidering. Most of the people of Scotland would rather stick with Europe rather than with England.

The people of London, distressed at the prospect of Brexit, expressed an interest in becoming an independent city state, like Athens and Rome used to be. While these and other city states of old enjoyed autonomy, problems with self-defense and external pressure caused their ultimate downfall.

Perhaps the most impressive modern city state is Singapore. This small economic powerhouse has thrived, but not democratically. Its government exerts strict controls over the people. In Singapore, different religions and cultures co-exist harmoniously because strife is severely punished. Imports of chewing gum are prohibited. Not flushing a public toilet is a crime. Thus, gum does not stick to people’s shoes or under tables and public toilets are tolerable. All said and done, Singapore is not only prosperous, but also cosmopolitan and really pleasant.

Could we once again have cities turning into independent city states and collapsing? Could more or larger dictatorships succeed by using the carrot of prosperity and organized society along with the stick of public floggings, expulsion and more?

Who knows? The future repeats history over and over again, but not in exactly the same way.

See Irina Gajjar’s website and Amazon author pages for more on her views and philosophy.

Scary Elections in the DOT   

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A scary occurs in my work of predictive fiction which takes place in the future in New York City. Our planet is divided in sectors. The government is a DOT which stands for Democratic Oligarchic Theocracy. The people of our world are dedicated to the motto “One Spirit! One World! One Word!” Thus the universal commitment is to a united faith or world view, a united planet, and a common language. This commitment arises from a revelation.

One would think that unity is a good thing but as we note today unity does not always work. The strengths, weaknesses and circumstances of peoples do not always lead them to common goals. Beyond this problem, our current vague premonitions about attacks from aliens in other worlds become sharper.

So, in a society that condemns and penalizes divisiveness, people who fail to support the unity platform in any way takes risks. Journalists and activists cannot act freely or openly and opposing factions become confrontational.

See New New York, 3000 Years Later by Irina Gajjar to decide if you agree that the more things change, the more they stay the same.