Sometimes, in the early hours of the morn, I wonder about the surreal state of human affairs and how we as a species have somehow allowed a few world leaders and a few rogue varmints to bring us to the proverbial eve of nuclear armageddon.
How is it we have given such a small number of people such abominable power?
And how is it that an even smaller number, like the scumbag leader of ISIS, are able to wreak such havoc and threaten the very foundations of modern civilization?
I mean, the vast majority of people yearn for a world of peace and love, even if so many of us are all about “me, me, me, me first.”
Considering the state of affairs in the world today, does anybody doubt the possibility of a Third World War? And given the weapons so-called superpowers have in their arsenals, we probably wouldn’t be in for a long, protracted battle. Hey, they could destroy the world as we know it in a matter of minutes.
Think about that: The likes of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could ruin the lives of 8 billion people, and all the other living creatures on the planet, in a day or two.
It’s probably too late to say humans need to take back their governments and ban weapons; it’s not going to happen.
We are very close to the point of no return, because we have leaders who would sooner wipe out all life than capitulate on an issue to another country.
So we go about our lives not only knowing that each day could be our last, individually speaking, but also as a species. And we just shrug our shoulders . . . c’est la vie. Que sera sera.
So, one has to wonder why some mainstream media outlets are reporting on the prediction of a so-called mystic in Texas, who is saying World War III will be starting on May 13, 2017. He says it will all be over by Oct. 13, 2017.
Of course, he is not the first person to name dates, and to see them come and go without nukes flying. Ancient so-called mystics knew better than to name dates; they simply made vague predictions about end-of-times wars that would bring civilization to its knees. But they usually had a god who would emerge to save a remnant, and humanity would pick up the pieces and carry on.
Today’s so-called mystics don’t seem to be talking much about the emergence of saviors. It’s all doom and gloom, and a more realistic scenario. As John Lennon sang, “There ain’t no Jesus gonna come from the sky . . .”
And so, 8 billion will stand by and allow four or five individuals to end the world as we know it.
Up in smoke. Poof. Like we were never here at all.
Yup. It’s surreal. It must be a bad dream.
Photo: Mushroom cloud above Nagasaki after atomic bombing on August 9, 1945. Source: Charles Levy from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack/Wikimedia Commons
I love this aphorism: “Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch it to be sure.” We want to be sure we are ‘masters of the universe’ %P
Oh, dear. Such innocence from someone so young.
Your description of current events has been true for all of recorded history. The fate of the world has always been held by a small number of rulers. You are obviously too young to remember October, 1962. Thirteen days when the US and the USSR were on a hair-trigger to launch an all-out nuclear war. We’re no way near that today, even with our Pumpkinfuhrer’s finger on the button.
And, you worry way too much about ISIS. Your fears are unfounded in fact. You are more likely to be hit by a meteorite or lightning than encountering any assault from an ISIS sympathizer. Isis, Hezbolla, Boko Harum (sp?), the Aryan Brotherhood, KKK and many other religion-based radical groups have been around for at least 30 Centuries under one name or another. In fact, all that changes are the god they revere and the name of the group. Also, there have been, for many centuries, political despots who aspire to world domination.
It’s been this way for as long as there have been populations of people. The only difference from the past century is the speed of the dissemination of the news of the events. When WW-II ended, it took a few days for everyone in the US to hear the news. The Republicans lament that “life was better ‘back then'”… No, life is better now. Life expectancy and general health are far better today than when I was born. (And you can breathe air that you can’t see). The Republicans are mostly old white men who enjoyed centuries of white privilege and slow news. If they would stay off the Internet and stop watching Faux News, the world would suddenly become better.
So, stop your irrational fear of ISIS and nuclear threat. Take a long vacation from the Internet, radio and television and you will be mentally much healthier.
Phew. Thank you, Steve! I knew I could count on your to boost my spirits.
PBS showed a documentary history of nuclear military development and a near-disastrous accident in a missile silo in Alabama in about 1980. Coincidence?
According to the programme, an accident is far more likely to occur than a deliberate bombing or missile strike, given the thousands of nuclear warheads in the (then) two major nations with nuclear capability. That 8 megatonne warhead would have wiped out Alabama and the country NE to as far as Boston.
Nevil Shute wrote a novel ‘On the Beach’ about the aftermath of a (then in-the-future) nuclear war in the northern hemisphere. A movie was subsequently made. Both are very thought provoking, even today, and all Nevil Shute’s stories are worth reading.
I think you would particularly enjoy ‘Round the Bend’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round_the_Bend_(novel).