14 December 2016

A New World Order?

The world seems to be shifting to the right recently. There's Brexit, there's the election of Donald Trump, there's the rise of populist parties in Europe, and there's the rise of the neo-Nazis hiding under the banner of the "alt-right". Sometimes one might think about these things, and conclude that the world is a scary place to be in.

The thing is, history repeats itself. This has happened back in 1914, in 1939, and in many other occasions, when the world just becomes berserk and kaputt. The problem, however, is that human memory doesn't extend as far back as it should be, and therefore every time a bad wave of incidents happen, people start panicking.

I am not saying that I am not afraid. I constantly read the news, I follow these incidents of attacks against minorities. After all, I am a minority as well, and the sad thing is that no matter where I go, I will be a minority.

I think about my sister a lot. She lives in the US, and she isn't white. Her partner isn't white either. And even though she lives in New York City, a bastion of cosmopolitanism, from the looks of it, it seems to be an island of liberalism surrounded by a country full of conservatives, and worse, racists.

Perhaps I should stop reading the news for a while. But it pains me to read that there are so many people out there who act out their dogmatic beliefs, wanting to shove it down other people's throats. It's like we're back in the Middle Ages again, whether it's the Crusades or the Inquisition, where people were being forced to convert to Christianity or else they would be killed.

I am disappointed that the United States is heading toward Fascism. I have to say that I don't have a favorable opinion about the USA nowadays, unlike before. It even made the idea of moving back to the USA for a career opportunity rather unpalatable, given what has been happening. And more importantly, I find it disappointing that a country that is seen as a role model for plenty of other developing countries are now regressing and turning back time. After all, if the US can be Fascist, then these poor countries in Africa and Asia with dictatorial leaders and bad human rights records can also say that they can be Fascist too. There's too many people in the world who are being oppressed by others, we don't need an example on how to do it.

Oh well, what else can I do? The only thing I can do is watch what is happening and move accordingly. I don't know how long I'll be living in this planet, but I'll make the most out of it while I am still here.

4 comments:

  1. The joke at SNL was "what the US calls the alt-right is what Germans call 'the reason why grand-pa now lives in Germany'". Made me laugh... then scared me.

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    1. Zhu,

      I know. Scary, isn't it? It's gonna be an interesting four years for sure.

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  2. It's indeed scary, but I'm also looking for the silver lining. In this day and age, it's easier to see everything around you and that's what make things scarier, but at the same time it allows us to be more vigilant and the continued increase in our awareness.

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    1. Charles,

      True, there are indeed different challenges this time compared to a generation before. Everyone is more connected, and therefore as you said information is easier to pass around.

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