In the absence of truths, illusions prevail... English novelist, Evelyn Waugh, articulated this reality using these memorable words:
When the waterholes were dry, people sought to drink at the mirage.
Which is to say, with real leadership lacking on the world stage, and genuine vision missing, we stumble and fall for false idols: fear, anger and hatred. Yet, Truth can also be like a large, bothersome fly – brush it away and it returns buzzing, reminding us of our Ideals, the better angels of our nature.
As a species, we have gone through a number of dark periods --wars, famines, plagues-- yet, we eventually dust ourselves, rise up from our ashes and affirm that despair is not an option... Or, to quote a slogan that circulated following the Egyptian revolution: اليأس خيانة والامل أمانة (Despair is betrayal, and Hope a responsibility.)
One way of looking at the less than exemplary times we live in -- with protests erupting, worldwide -- is to say that we are, possibly, experiencing death throes of the old world and birthpangs of the New. This is, partly, what makes Steemit so exciting: the opportunity to share a virtual space with those who think differently.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges, reminds us of our moral and spiritual responsibility to be true to ourselves and stand apart from mass hypnosis, with these powerful words:
It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self.
It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into fantasies.
May we become finer global citizens by recognizing that, at the very least, we do not live in uninteresting times, and seek to make the most of the collective crises we experience.