Should we be doing more than engage in the virtual and group speak and virtual and group think? Becoming a genuine contributor in today’s inclusive environment often means that all kinds of vile and reprehensible behaviours and concepts get a a rating of acceptable or legitimate. The surprise of pretenders and trick or treaters should be wearing off after the spectacle of failed democracies, entrenched and self-serving monarchies, and corrupt tribal alliances. The world today is a welcome gift compared to the medieval darkness of the western world or the feudal oppression of the eastern world.
Packaging the news is not a political ploy
The following is the summary of today’s news my inbox disclosed. It does not tell me why the items were chosen. The summary gives neither rating stars nor political spin, yet these two are the interests of many consumers of the daily news. The most dangerous takes are happening in circles where either religion or politics offers up ways to respond to the news. To those who thrive on trigger words and believe everything seen in a video the processing of the written word is a despised dinosaur.
- Two safety nets that helped many in the U.S. through the COVID-19 pandemic are about to end.
- The remnants of Hurricane Ida have forced many tenants to pack up and make new plans.
- In Afghanistan, the Taliban have seized control of Panjshir, the last holdout province.
- In West Africa, Guinea is now being led by a junta following a coup.
- In tennis, there are upsets galore at the U.S. Open in New York.
- And at the box office, the Marvel film “Shang-Chi” has set Labor Day records, giving hope to the movie industry still reeling from the pandemic.
Thanks to the many media houses like AP, who, first and foremost, provide their observations to the majority. Thanks too to those who provide analysis and probing questions about the meaning of the unfolding events. No thanks though to those who try to predict the future or insist that their speculations are food for sustainable living. Ultimately, people want good news, hope for their own lives and the lives of their neighbours, unless they are great nations who think they are so hated that they have no choice but be insular and selfish.
Across the planet upheavals and new horizons appear along with all the usual human delusions. Whether you live in the US, the Middle East, or Africa you may not realize that people are suffering right next door to you. The suffering of neighbours may not be an issue at all. We often read the news without a thought that we could be the subjects later today. We can fix that.
Who cares that people are losing the government safety nets that assisted them in coping with the covid–19 pandemic? What does it matter that another hurricane is reducing the lives of thousands to sheer misery, or that more than 50 lives have been lost? What does it matter that bogus rights activists are attacking healthcare workers, questioning the science of religion and the viral pandemic? Does it matter that another nation’s destiny appears to be delayed by a coup? Is it possible that we all do not want to see an end to the pandemic? Why do Americans seem to be accustomed to living with an annual season of African-sourced cyclones but cannot come to grips with the African peoples living in the nation, a people kidnapped, bought (and sold) and treated as animals? Our world today needs to become ours wherever we live, whatever or politics and religion. The next generation of young visionaries will not fail. Their energy will eclipse the vanity and pride of greedy corporations, eclipse the expanding bogus religious integrity, and eclipse the nationalism that seems to make most people think that they are righteous.