I’m getting old and I don’t mind. Thank God I’m not young in today’s world. I’m so happy that I traveled while Europe still had open borders and while the only insane gun violence was happening here in the USA with gun nuts who were strictly home grown. I’m not reveling about the changes in the world – on the contrary – it makes me deeply sad. Donald Trump is painting himself more and more as a neo-Hitler figure and the proletariat seems to be eating it up. They are working and getting nowhere and they want someone to blame. They are scared and they need a target to focus on. They need a violent hero. Meanwhile the maniac Islamists are working a masterful plan that our policy wonks and media are helping right along. It’s simple and they’ve said it was what they were going to do. 1)Occupy chaotic zones and subdue them with hard line intolerance loosely based on authoritarian readings of Islam 2) Randomly attack safe areas in the world where Muslim populations live in order to turn non-Muslims into anti-Muslims and then to open their arms to the Muslims they have marginalized. Their plan counts on Western media and governments to drum up fear and hatred of very generalized almost cartoon versions of Muslims as mustache twisting evil masterminds or gullible young brown people sucked into cults easily. The fear/hatred versions don’t offer us images of mom’s cooking beans, kids playing tag, or dad’s working on cars – all of which are more common than the media/government version of Muslims. Ridiculous. And making the world more dangerous and unpredictable than ever before.
Anyway, the borders are closing. It seems like the only young people who are allowed to flirt are the very rich or very good looking. From any of the rest (who make up the vast majority) it is ‘unwanted attention’ or even worse sexual harassment. Thank God I’m married and not trying to find love and companionship in this world.
It seems to me that the world has become much more expensive and materialistic. The barriers to entry are higher than ever before. There is no clear path to success – not even in America. My thought is that there may have never been a clear path – it was an illusion – work hard, keep your head down and your nose clean, do the right thing. That’s the golden path to success – but as our view of the successful becomes more clear (they too, cannot hide like they used to) it becomes obvious that the path to success is much more black. Be merciless, watch for opportunity to climb over the other guy, take as much as you can get away with. Yuck.
There must be a better way. There must be a better place.
Perhaps increased connection and mobility was bound to ruin us.
Where is the reset button?