“But when you talk about destruction/Don’t you know that you can count me out”
— Revolution, The Beatles
So, how did we get to the point in mankind’s history that a handful of individuals — Vladimir Putin, the American president, the Chinese leader, among others — can utter a command and destroy civilization as we know it, wiping out billions of people in the process?
How is it we have allowed so few to have so much power — though, I am not sure “power” is the right word here. Because killing billions of people is not a demonstration of a leader’s power. It’s a demonstration of his or her madness.
There is no doubt that the vast majority of humans want a peaceful world. But we are all like so many sheep. We have allowed a few individuals to be in the position to control our destiny, and they are not doing a very good job.
Why don’t we rise up and take the power away from them, and institute a peaceful world order where nuclear weapons and such do not exist?
I wonder how many people today are optimistic about humanity’s future. Will today’s millennials make it to old age? Will the human race as we know it now survive another decade?
These thoughts haunt me today as I row, row, row my boat as if the stream flows gently forever . . .
Yes, maybe it is all a dream, a nightmare, and when we die, we wake up . . .