I’m not a conspiracy theorist and I’m not one of those “2012 is the end of time”-ers either. What I am is a young adult who has become increasingly aware of the growing threats to our perceived way of life.
I’m not speaking about immigrants taking jobs that nobody else wants and I’m definitely not talking about terrorism as I have a better chance of getting caught in a donkey stampede on Long Island than being killed by a terrorist. I’m speaking (un)specifically about the powder keg that is the world economy and the tension bands around that keg that seem to be wound tighter than ever before.
Out first two World Wars were born out of economic collapse and became global affairs with a concentrated attack across the hemisphere (i.e. assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand, Pearl Harbor). When history looks back on this millenium will they see the attacks of 9-11-01 as the spark that lit the world’s economy into a World War that would begin nearly 10 years later?
Europe’s economy is in complete disarray after the bankruptcy of Greece and growing fears of economic instability across the continent. China currently holds many trillions of dollars of American debt and may be forced into a position to call in these loans if Europe begins to fail. The State run economy of China is an efficient mammoth that cannot sustain it’s own growth. The people of China are more unhappy than ever while their government spreads their vast financial resources across the globe; lending sums of money that dwarf many of the G8’s GDP.
On top of this economic collapse, a global ecosystem meltdown, the war in Afghanistan, Israel shooting at civilians, Iran amidst a cultural revolution,India-Pakistan relations tensing, China’s bloated State run economy, Germany’s PM resigning, BP’s single-handed destruction of an entire region of the globe with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and African nations fighting extinction in complete silence as the world looks for a way to make more money with less effort - is this the point in our generation’s history when we look back and wonder how it all got out of control so quickly?
Are these events a natural causality in that machine we call civilization? Is my new-found interest and awareness the eventual development of an aware global citizen?
For all I know, these global ticking time bombs could be SOP in our “way of life” and this is simply my first real exposure to the world outside of high school social studies.
I see these people around me and I can’t help but wonder if they know, if they care. The world is either coming into focus for one young adult or the world is coming to a truly pivotal moment in human history. Will we sit back as our way of life is altered beyond resemblance; should we sit idly by and LET this happen? Perhaps our way of life is an unsustainable and unrealistic way to live. Maybe it’s not.
Either I’m just waking up to reality or our perception of reality is about to undergo a monumental overhaul, the likes of which this small planet has yet to see.