I hope everyone is doing well so far today! Whether you’re celebrating with family, spending some time with your significant other; or even spending it working; I truly hope you’re having a great holiday season so far. I know it can also be a hectic time of the year, but with the said, I thought this would be the ideal time to bring up some potential realities we may face in terms of global affairs and how we all fit into such a scenario.
For some reason or another, I’ve taken this time to reflect. Thus, the topic I’ll be discussing in today’s article will err more on the side of “controversial”.
I feel as though this year will be one of the last years; for a while at least; where things in the world (globally speaking) will have any semblance of normality or balance. Call it a gut-instinct, or even based off of the different patterns of news stories coming out of different countries throughout this past year; but it all feels very reminiscent to pre-World War I days. Even though the majority of us, including myself, were not alive during WWI, the news articles of those days were very scattered in meaning; and also at the same time, had a lot of serious articles on possible war breaking out between certain nations.
For one reason or another, history has repeated itself ever so slightly.
In today’s society, we’ve found ourselves increasingly obsessed with celebrity culture, whether it be professional athletes, actors, singers, or internet sensations – the fact of the matter is that we’ve naturally grown an unhealthy addiction to these sources of entertainment. Moreover, the belief of materialism has increased exponentially over the past couple of years. With the devastation of the U.S. economy back in 2008, we’ve seen a rise in “escapism” from our sometimes desperate daily lives. Whenever materialism takes precedent over morals, the world usually soon thereafter descends down a temporary spiral of devastation and chaos. Strangely enough, for the better half of human history, we’ve explained these phenomenons through predictions, forecasting, or religion.
A small spark could very well set aflame a blazing fire upon the metaphorical “global stage” that will be uncontrollable for some time to come. Sound familiar? Well if you’ve taken your fair share of history courses, it wouldn’t be shocking if it was familiar.
Reminiscent to how World War I was started based off an assassination of a particular political figure by the name of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28th, 1914; these modern days seem to be a powdered keg ready to burst open at a moment’s notice. Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s death in 1914 sparked a series of complicated and inter-weaving events which would eventually lead to World War I.
Though not quite similar to those times; we’ve yet found two opposing sides at odds with one another. North Korea and the U.S. are facing off with one another.
One nation; closed-off from the outside world, is on the verge of collapse and total ruination. The other nation; over-indulged with wealth and seemingly endless-possibilities, is prepared to annihilate the opposition. Both sides are right in their convictions, and truly; we can only sit and watch as it all unfolds.
It’s very telling the different ideologies between both nations have as well. North Korea is ruled by the governance of dictatorship, whereas the U.S. loosely follows the guidelines of a democracy. Either way, both nations are as different and alien to each other as night and day. In this regard, North Korea is undoubtedly the underdog in this scenario. Luckily for me, and for anyone else living in the U.S.; we appear to be on the winning side.
Even then, that doesn’t mean I don’t feel sorrow for North Korea’s people. Because let’s face the facts; the people of North Korea might as well be labeled “functional slaves”. Their livelihoods are ruled day-to-day by meager work that is nowhere near as advanced or civilized as America’s society. North Korea is faced with widespread malnutrition; not to mention the under-educated youths and adults which live amongst her bounty.
But most tales of epics or tragedies always has one side with the obvious disadvantage; and this tale is no exception.
What is interesting, is the potential backlash of the U.S.’s actions. We could very well make ourselves seen as a further enemy to other disadvantaged nations who see America as evil, wicked, and all-consuming. We could very well spark a global outrage against our special interests. You see, for every action – there is a reaction. Since the beginning of time, this truth has always held true no matter what contexts it may be discussed in. Think of that saying: “there is always two sides to a single story.”
We may not always agree or even find any semblance of connection; but what we do share is this single place we call “home”. This world is all we have, and we have yet again come to a-head. We must, not as people – but as nations – decide which nations are worth saving, and which ones will inevitable feel the backlash of such decisions. I’m a realist, and I understand that throughout history – not every nation has survived. Even the greatest civilizations ever to exist on Earth (that of ancient Rome, ancient Egypt, and especially ancient China), have all “fallen” at one point or another. if our shared home is important enough, though, we will realize that it’s imperative that we do not use any such drastic measures as nuclear weapons or any technological advanced weapon that may wreck havoc upon us all.
I’ve lived long enough to realize that the serious actions of one nation can very well tip the scales of our “peaceful” lives forevermore. But then again, perhaps we as nations truly cannot stop the inevitable. Perhaps even those in positions of power realize that they are; just as we are; spectators to a show in which they have no true control of. Because truth be told, humans can only be directed and dictated – not fully controlled. Even in the most impoverished nations, the people who live under such harsh and inhumane tyrannical rule, know that they still have moments of small, and sadly insignificant, freedom. Humans can never truly be controlled. Fear is the only way we are motivated to be controlled; but even then, most people living in impoverished nations know that life can change eventually. Even if it takes years, decades, or centuries – a nation never fully stays the same.
In some way, I’ve made a connection to my homeland, the United States of America. I’ve come to realize over these last couple of years; that to be a proud American, is to realize the freedom we have gained over the years thanks in-part to our ancestors and to those who came after them. It was only thanks to the bravery of those men and women who fought for freedom during a time of tyranny; that we are where we are today. In some ironic way, that could also be our downfall. Either way, we are all merely existing within the time period we are born into. Thus, I conclude with this single line of ultimate truth:
At the end of the day, when all is said and done; live your life according to your heart. Don’t let others fully control your livelihood, and don’t ever forget that your life; in those quiet and solace moments, is yours alone.
Forever in Your Debt,