Is the world getting worse, better, or is this just the status quo?
The last couple of years have felt like everything has become pretty crazy and I for one can’t remember a time prior to this where there was anything like this.
Climate change seems to be an undeniable reality now with super storms, hottest and coldest days on record and small pacific island atolls having to be evacuated due to rising sea waters.
Politically the world has definitely gone mad – at least within the more powerful countries.
I don’t want to mention Trump but obviously if we are going to talk about the current political nightmare he is definitely at the apex. Vladimir, Theresa and Kim are no treats themselves.
Italy is about to go to the polls and with the alt-right gaining traction there it can be hard not to think that the world has completely lost it’s mind.
The divide between the left and the right has never felt wider to me and I can’t understand why so many are pushing for such extreme conservatism.
One day while discussing my opinion that the world was going to shit with my mum, she surprised me when rather than agree with me she stated that it all felt very familiar and that it was feeling very much like business as usual.
For her she remembered when the US went to war in Viet Nam, she was remembering the end of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis when the world held it’s collective breath as the threat of nuclear war seemed inevitable.
For her a bunch of powerful but inept (mostly) men threatening each other with their toys and making terrible and avaricious decisions negatively affecting millions was nothing new.
So what then does that mean for us as species? Are we always going to just repeat our stupid mistakes and bloody battles until we finally go too far?
Or is this the final stand of the old guard and the last push from the alt-right, patriarchal, capitalist machine before newer and more egalitarian leadership begins to emerge?
I hope so.
There do exist little pockets of hope though; New Zealand has a new female prime minister who is shaking things up for the best, Iceland’s new prime minister is intent on closing the gender pay gap completely and Angela Merkel continues fighting the good fight.
While Trump truly is one of the most appalling people to ever lead his country, his extreme ineptitude and overall repugnance has forced the positive reaction of many people who are no longer staying complicit while damaging decisions are made for them.
The convergence of women for the Women’s Marches globally, the #metoo movement and now the mustering of young people in the states to fight for tighter gun control after the latest school massacre are all positive reactions to an otherwise bleak time.
So perhaps all is not lost…yet.