Dear elected officials and dictators across the globe,
Who is in control of the organized madness on display? I am a simple bloke, but it is inarguable that something is dreadfully wrong with the world we nowadays live in. It’s hard to explain. Yet, the words of former secretary-general of NATO, Willy Claes, are crystal clear, “We are amidst a global systemic crisis.”
While I am typing these plebeian words, innocent people, scattered across this spaceship that is floating around in a vast universe, are dying an unnatural death. We are heading towards a massive brick wall. This may have always been the case. Nevertheless, I am worried because we have picked up momentum while moving towards that barricade, and the velocity is rising daily. What has happened to us? How and when did we lose our way? Has greed poisoned our souls? Has it snared the world with a net woven with yarns of unadulterated hate?
What is wrong with mankind? Ukrainian, Syrian, Yezidi, Kurdish, and Palestinian civilians are being murdered systematically by armed forces that are supplied by sovereign Western nations. Islamic fundamentalists are killing men and children while raping mothers and wives, for not wanting to convert to Islam. Palestinians are living in an artificial hell that is undoubtedly a man-made humanitarian crisis caused by Israel’s occupation. In Ghana, children, women, and men are being poisoned as they gather scrap metal on illegal e-waste dumps. Human beings who are dismantling ships on illegal shipyards in Pakistan or India have the same toxicant fate awaiting them. In West Africa, an entire population is suffering during an unmanageable Ebola outbreak although there is a cure, and slavery in Qatar is killing and exploiting people on a massive scale in the name of profit. Poverty, mistreatment and disease reign over the populace. Meanwhile, Europe and Russia are caught up in an economic war, trying hard to bruise each other’s egos. This, my dear leaders of today, is just the tip of the iceberg. Like many other people, near and far, this distresses me. All these worn-out places and worn out faces that are presented to us by the media ought to grieve all bona fide human beings. There are children waiting for the day on which they will be happy, a moment that they might never get to experience. Bombs explode, dust settles around them and their parents weep, as blood slowly seeps into the arid soil.
My beloved big-shots, I do realize that I can’t present any ready solutions to you, but let me be so daring as to give you some advice. Surround yourselves with several of our most brilliant minds out there instead of succumbing to the pressure of sundry well-oiled lobby groups and producing inequitable policies. Forget about your hidden corporate agenda’s that are shepherding our governmental institutions, and impose cultural narratives that are beneficial to the classes that are in power. Stop the senseless spectacles that you have designed to distract the masses from where power actually dwells. Stop chasing down the enemies. Bringing them to their knees won’t bring peace. Instead, you could focus on understanding their perspectives and accepting the differences between our societies. Be curious, because bombing the world into pieces is not a solution for the current problems we are facing. You can never bomb the world into peace. Be the pioneers of a new loving, humanitarian and ecological mind shift. Let us abandon our old ways that are molded by colonial thinking. Let us all do our best to change our collective consciousness. Love is a true vision!
The past three decades I have seen dictators free themselves and enslave their people. Truth be told, the newer tactics work. When you don’t tell people they are enslaved or oppressed, they’ll actually believe that they are free. A fruitful tactic, but I’d rather be unhappy living a truthful life than be happy living a lie. Patience used to be a virtue, but we have reached a critical phase where the emphasis should be on “hurry the fuck up and act for the benefit of mankind.” Stop indoctrinating us for the purpose of global corporations. Stop uttering, through subliminal messaging, that we were born solely to consume. Stop being simpletons by trying to divide us.
Either way, this humble letter is to show that I haven’t given up on humanity just yet. The reason why I state how most of us are screwing up is that I care. I am not happily living the consumerist lie. Remaining silent would make me an accomplice. Hence, this note is intended for all the high-level officials who have forgotten that they have been elected to carry out a function, as well as for all those who have forgotten to speak up during dire times. None of you is divine. You don’t become king as you climb up the ladder. You are all civil servants who were chosen to make sure that the common good advances. That is your duty! Work harder to bridge the gaps in geography, lifestyle, and beliefs. Be exemplary in all respects. Forget about borders, countries, and religions that divide us all. We all want to help out one and another. This is the true nature of every human being. We don’t want to hate and despise each other. Even though we have different religions, different languages and different colored skin I see one species.
My love for humanity remains strong, and I will fight for genuine freedom. Emancipating my mind has become my main objective. Similar to my role models, I too have the power to create my own happiness and turn my life into a wonderful and meaningful adventure. The time is upon us where we require more kindness, solidarity, and understanding, instead of more machinery, technology, and riches. We are uniting. So, my amiable leaders, be aware that there are many damaged people out there, such as yours truly. We are dangerous because we realize that we can survive. Nevertheless, we understand that violence brings more and more of the same. Hence, I ask all of you, who are in power as well as my fellow earthlings, to stand up if you are still sane. Let us guide each other from the dark into the light. Let us raise global awareness on how we have the power within us to create heaven on earth.
“In times of universal deceit telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
Krugman Paul. “Inequality is a drag.” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/). August 7th, 2014.
“It’s true that market economies need a certain amount of inequality to function. But American inequality has become so extreme that it’s inflicting a lot of economic damage. And this, in turn, implies that redistribution — that is, taxing the rich and helping the poor — may well raise, not lower, the economy’s growth rate… Extreme inequality means a waste of human resources… Goodbye, trickle-down; hello, trickle-up.”
- Leven Rachel. “Letter from Delhi, the economics of trash.” Foreign Affairs (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/). August 15th, 2011
“Although India is a full party to the Basel Convention and therefore subject to its laws, the convention lacks teeth, since the United States, the largest waste exporter in the world, has not ratified it.”
- Meredith Chartlotte. “Carl-Magnus Helgegren took his gamer children to a war zone to put them off guns.” Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/). August 12th 2014.
“I wanted them to understand that war doesn’t stop just because the guns have silenced – war affects society for generations. There are entire families grieving behind every casualty, every statistic – these are the numbers you never see in games because it’s boring.”
- Harris Sam. “Why don’t I criticize Israel?” (http://www.samharris.org/). July 27th 2014.
“Now, this is an incredibly boring and depressing question for a variety of reasons. The first, is that I have criticized both Israel and Judaism. What seems to have upset many people is that I’ve kept some sense of proportion. “
- Mehdi Hasan. “Debunking Israel’s 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes.” Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/). July 28th, 2014.
- Bowen Jeremy. “Jeremy Bowen’s Gaza notebook: I saw no evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields.” New Statesman (http://www.newstatesman.com/). July 22nd, 2014.
“Before Gaza, I’d spent most of the past two months in Baghdad, Beirut, Jerusalem, Aleppo and Damascus. The Middle East is on fire. I haven’t seen anything like it since my first reporting trip to the region in 1990. I don’t think anyone knows how to put the fire out.”
- James Fallows. “An Israeli Progressive on His Country’s Moral Culpability.” The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/). August 7th, 2014.
- Packer George. “A friend flees the horror of ISIS” The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/). August 6th, 2014.
- Inozemtsev Vladislav and Barbashin Anton. “A Grand Bargain with Russia; What It Would Take to Get the Kremlin to Cooperate.” Foreign Affairs (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/). August 8th, 2014.