"Shine On"


Note: This was my first blog/article, here on Hub-pages. I took it down because it had hardly any reads but at a friend's request today (17th January, 2012), I am re-posting it.

This past year seems very different … different than any other year. There have been uncertain years before, like in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. I remember my parents speaking worryingly of whether Russia would send troops into Romania to secure their Iron Curtain which was slowly breaking up. The world’s turmoil was very real even to a ten year old kid like me. I recognized things were changing and the world as I knew it was not going to last. Indeed, a little over a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall the Romanian revolution took place and my entire life changed drastically.
I cannot fully describe the feeling of “knowing” that the world is changing. It is a matter of seeing the distress and despair in people’s lives. And now, things cannot continue much longer in the way they have been. It is just an impossibility. More and more people go hungry each day around the world. There are food shortages due not only to the increase in the world’s population but also due to the change in world’s climate, which has resulted in failed harvests from North America to Asia.
When that feeling of … “I have nothing to lose” settles in, people will force the status quo to change. Are we close to such a time? I do not know … but I do see people living in tents all over the United States; they seem to be catching up slowly to the Palestinians living in refugee camps in Lebanon, in terms of living conditions. There is a general distrust in governments around the world. The consolidation of wealth and power by a low percentage of the world’s population is also becoming more visible and unacceptable by a wide majority who are living on food stamps.
The flood of people from Africa into Europe; from Asia and Latin America into North America and the migration of eastern Europeans into western Europe will continue. The lack of infrastructure, education and hope for a “decent” life in some parts of the world is despicable and thus, people will continue leaving such places moving into “first world” countries. In France for example, there are 6-7 million Muslims and that number is increasing. The fabric of societies is changing all over Europe and North America due to the influx of immigration.
So, if this ridiculous “war on terror” is not the “clash of civilizations” which some people think Samuel P. Huntington talked about then, I believe the next set of wars will be just that. Life as we know it is changing fast. The future wars will be a direct result of people not having the most basic of necessities: food and water. There is no doubt that this is our next challenge, to feed ourselves and rid ourselves of the status-quo.


2nd Note: My photograph, Mount Robertson, 2010


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

A good post, your conclusions (about the next series of wars and what will trigger them) are very possibly prescient, although I hope not, for all our sakes (east, west, north, and south).

I think because of your place of birth and the experiences you and your family have had, you may have an ability "to know, to see, to anticipate" the world changing in a way that many, if not most Americans cannot.

The world never shifted under our feet until 911. And although many Americans perceived the events of 911 as an 8 or 9 on the Richter scale, people who have lived through true 8's and 9's in other parts of the world know that isn't correct. (I hope I am making sense here...that my meaning is understandable.)

I am in no way minimizing the shock,horror, and great loss suffered by many, many individual people and families when the towers fell and the other planes crashed, but... on a national, country-wide scale this was a 2 or 3, maybe a 4 on the Richter scale.

So many Americans perceive things differently, weigh and value things differently than much of the rest of the world.

I don't think we are stupid or evil necessarily, but self-absorbed, somewhat arrogant, limited in our experiences? Yes, we are. No people can really escape the lessons of their past and their present.

Which doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to see world events from broader perspectives, that we shouldn't work at finding humility and clarity, that we should not listen to other voices. We should and occasionally we do, but we should work at it much harder.

I guess I am trying to express that it makes perfect sense to me that "you, in particular, with your background" wrote this hub.

My background? I am first-generation American and I grew up in many different places on Air Force bases, and my father and his family disembarked at Ellis Island in 1951, having survived the Nazi invasion of Poland, but not sure they would survive the Soviet occupation.

My original intent was to respond to the Hub you drew my attention to on "Truth" but I got sidetracked when I saw this. I will return to the other Hub before too long. My apologies for the length. Theresa


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

phdast7: you wrote a mini-hub (meaning it was not too long, but important.) We are soft as a people and would find it difficult to go through what other nations have gone through...even in the past, much less what we might be called upon to go through in our day and age.) My father-in-law lost two homes to wars, and built a third which several people have coveted. My sister-in-law and wife (separately) walked for months in wartime just to rejoin their families, drinking from safe vines they cut, and wearing what had become poor imitations for shoes. They survived, and if someone doubts that "self-absorbed, somewhat arrogant," Americans (most of whom have never experienced having to flee and start over) are not soft,

let them ask how they would do under such circumstances.

Both of you: keep allowing us to glimpse "what might be" so we can better endure and manage should it ever "be". We are not all Boy Scouts but we should "Be prepared."


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Many Americans might be soft but I hope they will begin to harden up. In past years when the economy of this nation fell there was always an ability to look to the future and a feeling of knowledge that things would get better. I am not hearing or feeling that hope for our country today. I think that is the most fearful thing that is going on with our people. The fact that the government leaders are not working for the people but have no problem earning their wages and health benefits off the back of the very people that now have no health benefits and a very small wage is getting to be more than perposterous. What are these people going to do when there is no more money for them to take?


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I agree with what mljdgulley354 said and the other comments so far. I'm reading a book called "Hot, Flat and Crowded" by Thomas Friedman and he touches upon a lot of the issues you pose here. It makes me crazy that climate change is almost synonymous with political affiliation and it's not political at ALL. Starvation and increasing poverty ARE happening all over the world. We have climate refugees increasing in numbers all over the place, particularly with people in Africa. One of two scenarios (maybe there are more, but this is what's going on in my mind, anyways) can happen: people will learn how to not be so greedy, conserve and halt the destruction of rivers and forests and treat the planet better or standards of living will continue to deteriorate and there will be some very real, very mean fighting to meet peoples' basic needs. I hope humanity can truly overcome its shortcomings, set aside its bickering, and get all nations on board with probably the most epic human journey of all time: the fight for the survival of our species and undoing what we've done to our home. Beautiful hub. Voted up and shared.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Theresa (sorry I have not left the Mrs. behind ... I can if You really would like me to - for now I'll just blame it on my European up-bringing)

I am happy You gave notice to the four cardinal directions - there is great power in them. Yet, another story there ...

I think You are fully right in saying that Americans think quite differently than the rest of the world. America has yet to feel the pain of its own sword ... it felt a little sharpness on 9/11 indeed but the blood it sheds on other lands, has never been experienced here in North America. Karma will not help either ... I wish it was different ... I am not a fan of pain and dispair ... yet, there are lessons to be learned. We all need them.

Thank You for stopping-by and leaving the insightful comment which You did leave. Cheers!

Mr. Perspicacious, thank You as well for your time. I always speak my mind. That is the only way I can be I and allow myself the comfort of sleeping at night (sometimes lol). All the best!

I also agree with Mrs. Mljdgulley354 when she wrote that: The fact that the government leaders are not working for the people but have no problem earning their wages and health benefits off the back of the very people that now have no health benefits and a very small wage is getting to be more than perposterous. - join the Occupy Movement, we need You!!

Cheers!

Last but certainly not least, Mrs CClitgirl, I hear You ... we need to leave greed behind and I encourage You to speak-up if You have any suggestions on this. Thank You very much for the visit!

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