Monsters stalk the surface of our planet. And i’m not talking about Jurassic theropods or hungry polar bears or Gothic vampires..or even 21st century serial killers. Sometimes we tend to look upon horror figures of the past century like Stalin, Hitler, Franco – and the millions who did their bidding and collaborated with them – as if they were historical anomalies, egregious excrescences of an abnormal century, maybe even the result of some weird conjunction of planets. But there wasn’t really anything so exceptional about these monsters of the recent past..other than maybe their unprecedented access to technology that facilitated mass communication..and mass murder. We have even more technology now. And, in the present century, what reason is there to expect that we will not have monsters comparable to those mentioned above?
Even though to some who live afar it might seem almost comical, the accession of a pussy-grabbing thug to one of the most powerful offices on Earth in the early 21st century is no laughing matter. Apart from the casual brutality that may be perpetrated on the residents of the country in question and the natural environment of that country, and immediate destructive resonances that will ripple globally outward, as a result of this electoral choice by a little over 18% of the country’s population, there will be more general, global, planetary consequences. With such a buffoon wielding power – an individual almost entirely devoid of principles and totally immune to any kind of scientific fact – we can only expect the worst in terms of what will happen with human abuse of our planet. This is nothing less than a global disaster..just at the moment when humans seemed to be catching on to the need for action to preserve something of the beauty and diversity of our world. And just at the moment when there is alarming evidence that we are possibly close to tipping points from which there will be no return. Close to the edge..and now this.
If you have children, and you are concerned for their future..maybe it’s time to get your sword out. (Even if you don’t have children?)
Here’s one way to wield your weapon: 350.org.
PS: please forgive my above insult to the centuries old and quite honorable profession of buffoon.