Things are getting seriously out of hand all over the world though many places remain calm and untouched by world events. When we calculate looming food shortages, price increases, pension failures, radically changing climate, impending financial and economic collapse coupled with increasing government oppression, worldwide pollution and toxic poisoning of populations, even by doctors and dentists, we could despair.
A tsunami is coming and that is the perfect way of looking at it. It will be a moment, an hour or even week or month when all hell finally breaks through, like a dam breaking, from all the pressures behind the dam that are there already just waiting for a triggering event. For that final straw. For that moment when a true panic takes hold and reality sinks in. For when banks fail and the credit systems freeze and you cannot get money from an ATM machine.
The final crisis is coming soon enough (we are at the end of a hockey stick graph-China alone injected 1 trillion dollars of credit into their economy over the last three months to save themselves from the inevitable) and when it does the economic, social and geopolitical clock will be reset quite violently. The advanced industrialized world is going down hard.
“There will a rude awakening for gays, lesbians, transsexuals, and adherents of gender ideologies of all sorts: they will disappear from the landscape of an impending European Caliphate. The political future of Europe will instead mirror the present day realities of Lebanon, parts of the former Yugoslavia, the present states of the Middle East, and parts of Africa. In regions where a Muslim majority exists, the demand for political and cultural autonomy will arise. Many traditional Europeans discover that they will have become a minority on their own soil,” writes Michael Ley in and essay entitled, On the Suicide of the West: The Islamization of Europe.
Around the western world already many millions of lives are destroyed, hundreds of millions of other lives are stunted, social organizations are crumbling, productivity is low, and we have a failing infrastructure that we can no longer afford to maintain, despite all the good news from the public media fantasy factories. Of course, they will try again to spend a lot more money that they, the governments of the world, do not have, but that will just increase the problem and severity of the eventual crash.
Will Love Save Us?
Though love is the cure for much of what ails humanity there is not enough of it on our planet to save us from ourselves. The Dali Lama said that, “Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Unfortunately, as we can see in the northern Pacific, which is increasingly being polluted with radiation from Fukushima, it is not a few drops. Our oceans are dirty, full of plastic, and increasing radioactive.
In my book HeartHealth I define love as listening and love as communication and unfortunately our race does not educate for these most important qualities. Love can save our families and perhaps some small groups but in terms of society and our race, the lack of love, listening, deep, and meaningful communication is so scanty that we can see that nothing is going to save our race from itself. Creative Conflict across all levels of our civilization is what would have been necessary but again to resolve conflicts people need to be able to listen. Even democratically elected politicians do not listen to their public, especially those who are not loyal to their own political parties.
No Cure for Arrogance
There is no cure for arrogance except humiliation and there is absolutely no recognized cure for psychopaths and sociopaths. They have no love, compassion or empathy meaning they have no heart. Occasionally some great beings come to us, like Gandhi but even he failed to comprehend the great violence of religions so millions died.
There are plenty of loving beings in our race and I would venture to say that the vast majority of mothers love their children. However, what are we supposed to think when we read about mothers’ failure to protect their children, as they need to do from their husbands sometimes, and from those smiling pediatricians who like to poison their children with antibiotics and vaccines?
When mothers, for religious/cultural reasons mutilate their little girls’ genitals, what are we supposed to think then? Woman as well as men fall hard, meaning lose a great part of what it means to be human, to the lies and manipulations of professional as well as religious organizations that lead them into unloving and unintelligent ways.
Beautiful power protects loved ones. Often that is the greatest act of caring because we risk so much, even our very lives to protect others we love. To allow violence to our loved ones is violence and abuse so there is no way out. At this point, we have no choice but to wake up before it is too late. Unfortunately, we cannot expect everyone or even anyone around us to wake up with us.
We have allowed conditions to evolve to the point where we have to protect ourselves from the violence of others, not with pacifist indifference, not with pathetic rationalizations nor morality but with an equal reaction back. It is either that or allow others to do violence to our loved ones and sit back passively and let it happen.
Priests will often say that violence begets violence but what I am saying is that violence is demanded sometimes. For those too dim to comprehend take the example of a man coming home to catch another man raping his wife or daughter. A police officer would pull out his gun and then give, probably, a quick warning before shooting. If it was his family perhaps no warning. However, a regular man would have to employ a mega dose of adrenalin and do whatever he can. Trying to talk one’s way out is more likely to get everyone in the family killed.
We have seen horrible examples of this when mothers sit back idly and let their husbands sexually abuse their children. What we are talking about here does not have to end in physical violence but a violent reaction to our inner feelings that propels us into necessary and intelligent action. The point is usually if we would have paid attention since the beginning nothing violent, on any level, would have been necessary.
Love is still the answer and it will respond to us if we love deeply enough. Love is still a possibility on a local level with our family and friends who we can bond deeply with. Love is communication and love is listening and these arts can be learned and practiced, however few seem to bother. Our leaders do not listen; we can see that getting incredibly nasty in the future.
Forgive them for they know not what they do
Forgiveness is an important spiritual principle, one that needs to be applied, but it does not protect our families from evil. We have to do that and sometimes killing in self-defense or in the defense of our families is necessary and condoned in the Bible. The law mostly sustains self-defensive behavior. The police certainly understand this out on the streets. Does anyone doubt that they would protect their own as well as the publics’ safety?
Stuart Wilde, feels that offering acceptance is a spiritual exercise, it allows you to open your heart and become more god-like. While you hold people into your anger, you trap yourself not them. Many deadly diseases come from untreated anger, and the root of many fatal accidents goes back to unprocessed anger.
It is important to love and forgive one’s neighbors. “Forgive everyone that comes into your life and accept them, make them ‘right’ no matter who they are, and what they have done. Forget their crimes, love them anyway,” Wilde concludes. This is good advice up to a point but when that point is passed, it becomes a bad thought pattern to follow. Passivity turns to violence when not a hand or voice speaks up to become perfectly negative with the negative when the negativity roars its ugly head and threatens our women and children.
Power wielded without love has been responsible for much human misery. Beautiful power is rare because the nature of power holds a temptation that corrupts the human heart. Only people who have entered their dark sides and have come out through to the light can claim the true wisdom and love to wield power in a way that does not add to human misery. It is possible, though a huge challenge, to protect ourselves with necessary violence and still hold love in our hearts.