I’m going kayaking with my friends later with my new kayak I bought at a site that had kayaks under $200, and I’ve come up with a few things to say. My friends and I agree that now, more than ever, we need to form a world view that covers the political, social, and economic atmosphere. I mean, if you’ve been paying attention, a lot of things are changing. Somehow since the 1940’s, things have been getting better and worse, almost simultaneously. On one hand we have become more inclusive and more accepting of different people, and on the other hand we have created an elitist, self-serving system of governance so bad that millions of people now think Trump is a leader worth voting for.
It’s impossible not to think deeply about the world as you paddle on the water. For example, in the last 100 years, world leaders helped to create an order that has, for the most part, allowed technology to thrive and for us to see one of the most peaceful time periods in history. It may not seem like it when there’s a war being fought somewhere in the world every day, but it’s true. Somewhere along the line however, this world order has become an establishment that’s corrupt and not caring about a big portion of the populace.
I, for one, think it’s important for us to acknowledge that the system is broken and we need to fix it. But now we should be scholars of our own history so that even as we fix a system we view as broken, we don’t end up inflicting more damage upon it. It’s a tall order to try and get the masses to make well thought out decisions. But at the very least, people should distinguish other people based on character and not gender, race, or religion, to make the right decisions. Why? Because history itself has taught us that the key to success as a society lies in going back to the fundamental truth that we are all human.
You see, this isn’t the first time people have been frustrated by their system of governance. Neither is this the first time people have chosen to take an extreme right turn to escape it, pun intended. That means that we’re vulnerable to making choices that have, not for the first time, made things worse instead of better after a period of frustration. I believe that our decision to elect Trump is likely to change the world order by alienating the rest of the world – but again, not for the first time.
If you think about it, the thing that led to our current world order is that after the bloodiest and deadliest century in human history, people stopped classifying each other and went back to the drawing board. The drawing board being that we’re all human to begin with. With that as the foundation, we came closer to long lasting peace. In the last hundred years or so alone, we ended women suffrage, we elect women leaders, we got our first African American president, our arts and films portray LGBTQ characters, and on and on the list goes.
This seems like a loaded conversation for an inflatable kayak, but when you’re in such a low-to-the-water level, you can’t help but think about the world. A lot of people believe that our current situation is complicated and want no part of it. However, at its most fundamental level it’s simple. We should look at the character of our leaders. That’s where we’ve gone wrong in the first place. Having leaders whose actions are misogynistic, racist, and Islamophobic is taking a page right out of history and making the same mistakes all over again.
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