superiority. Ironically, when I was writing this article, Reuters (August 1st, 2011) published an article quoting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stating that the United States is “living like parasites off the global economy”. This is a prime example of the breakdown of the symbiotic resistance plaguing our international community.
It comes down to a simple choice, do we work to build our world together, or do we work to destroy our nations, cultures and communities? One of the most profound statements I have heard was from a professor during my undergraduate studies; he stated that “the United States and its government will reach a tipping point and it will be a steep cliff from which it will fall”!
This is not necessarily negative; because as a society we are suppose to look both short and long-term. The question now, is this tipping point surrounding the United States and potentially the global community a precursor that it is time to put aside petty difference and truly become ONE?
Very subjective question, many answers, but is there a common answer; should, could or must we realign the global initiative? Let’s pose and internalize a few questions through two different perspectives; humanity and economics;
- Is it justifiable that countless lives are lost at the mercy of commerce?
- Is the world a better place because of wealth and prosperity?
- Can we empower and sustain our communities by mandate and fear?
- Is current governmental institution still a respectable form of growth and prosperity and in the best interest of innovation and evolution, or just attrition to the global community?
Taken into account the short list of questions, what direction must we head? The question is difficult because the layers of indecision plague our world. At this time no one is discussing the big picture, they are framing their accolades to individual communities and pocket perspectives. How does this help the countless people around the world that cannot provide for their families? Does this framework curb famine? Disease? War? Or does it only escalate the problem?
Economically we have self-destructed; our societies have been so focused on creating wealth, that everything else is seen through rose colored glasses or put off until tomorrow. Appearance and perception convolute the issue thus creating the better looking scenario as a priority whether or not it actually addresses the issue.
Shakespeare was on the right track when he said “to be or not to be, that is the question”; however now, it should be, “to see or not to see, where we will be tomorrow”?
This article is not to discount progress, it is not to displace innovation; it is however a call to community. It is time to find a commonality to build a global society and breakthrough all barriers that inhibit progress. There should not be barriers in humanity, economics or any other inhibiters that segregate our nations, cultures or communities. We must enlist a greater cause to find a more substantial path that unites our world and will ultimately inspire; empowerment, peace, prosperity and harmony.