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We’re Headed to a Disaster

Our politicians’ lack of contact with reality is fuelling a growing global anger

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The difference between rich and poor is becoming more extreme, and as income inequality widens the wealth gap in major nations, education, health and social mobility are all threatened.

Helene D. Gayle

There’s a global issue that must be addressed, and it’s the fact that our political leaders are out of touch with their people’s realities, they stick to the formulas they know and forget about everything else, which is leading us in general to a difficult situation.

When I look at the United States’ news I see the same awful situation as in my homeland, I see the rise of the far-right, and I see a growing distrust in democracy.

In the last decades, there’s been a growing gap between social classes, which has worsened in the last ten years, the middle class has almost been erased after so many years of liberal politics (sometimes disguised as left-wing politics, ironically).

There’s been a growing discomfort in the lower classes fueled by their poverty and the lack of understanding of the governments, who have preferred to center themselves on things that were more appealing to them, like the global economy, or social politics, just not in a way neither of them would benefit the working class, which has fallen from middle to low class.

On the positive side, subjects as racism and some other much-needed fights have been put on the spotlight, but matters like poverty, the lack of education and homelessness have been widely ignored, invisibilizing people from several backgrounds, not only white American men have been affected by this, as I say, this should be treated as a global issue.

But what our society has sadly decided instead of facing this matter is to create a narrative where anyone complaining about this extreme capitalistic system is automatically labelled as “alt-right”, “just white men”, “uneducated”, “lazy”, “intolerant” or worse, ignoring that those who they are treating dismissively are in fact the biggest part of this world’s population, the working class.

A part of the population that is in fact of every race, of every age, of every gender, or even transgender, but with two things in common: they’re poor, and they’re not being represented at all.

One just has to take a walk at night in my hometown to see that there’s been a rise in crime, prostitution, and drug dealing, issues that arise with the rise of poverty.

Because, let’s be honest, right now it looks as if the governments of developed countries were just procrastinating on their duties towards people, they’re focused on gaining votes and looking good, not on solving any actual problem, rather, they prefer to create sides and then radicalize them.

This is Dangerous

We saw this in 2016 in the USA, and even before in 2012, the Golden Dawn in Greece.

It doesn’t really matter who wins these next elections in the USA, as long as politicians don’t change their ways, as long as they neglect the working class, the discomfort will grow to a point where we’ll risk an explosion, turning either into a civil war in any of the countries that we currently see as above those events, or even worse, another global conflict.

We Must Look at History

From the French Revolution to the ascent of the Nazi Party we can find examples of how the discomfort of the general population, when left unaddressed has led us to the most violent events in human history.

We Must Act Now

Now more than ever we need our political class to get their job done. We need them to take seriously issues related to the lower classes, we need them to be unpopular, we need them to take measures that make easier for their people to have a decent living in general.

And we must stop blaming the lower classes for their poverty, by doing that we’re only fuelling a rage that can destroy everything and turn us sixty years backwards.

Instead, we must listen to them, learn why actually they feel like they do, they’re not bad, they’re not racist, the media tells us that but it isn’t true, they’re just misrepresented, they don’t have where to choose, and if we don’t build bridges with them, if we don’t get them out of their hole, we risk heading into war.

We’re still on time to change history.


Originally published on Medium: https://medium.com/@jmmiana/were-headed-to-a-disaster-ac5edcb56a4d

Idea: Do whatever you want.

John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.”

But he also thought Yoko was a great artist.

We shouldn’t listen to him at all unless we’re talking about music.

But we’re talking about life.

We must make plans, because having a goal is what makes life worth living, it’s what keeps us happy.

The trick is to choose the correct goal at each time, and not to think excessively about “who you are”, that’s stupid.

We are who we are, not the things we have done, or the things we own.

Our society keeps tricking us into thinking that we are what we chose (or had) to be a long time ago.

We were told to have a default plan as everyone had.

We were told to forget about our stupid ideas, that we should find a stable job in an already established industry, then marry, then have kids, and later die.

I’m not saying that’s not okay, it’s okay if you want to live that life.

It’s as valid as any other choice.

But let’s be realistic.

That was life about twenty or thirty years ago.

When the world was a changing carousel and not this high-speed wheel of death we’re riding at the moment.

Jobs appear and disappear in a blink, industries change constantly, and there’s no stability.

So the bad news for any of you who would like to live that default plan is that is probably not EVER happening again.

The good news is that we can make new plans.

If our world is already full of risks, then, why should we feel fear at all?

After all, is a situation we’re used to living by now.

So, let’s make new plans because there’s no other choice.

Okay, some of us will have it rough, but it’s better to fail at doing something than just watching everything collapse.

Be brave, start that something new, work hard, learn and be smart.

At least you’ll grow as a person.

Music and the universe

Music is like the air that we breathe.

It’s always there and would be really fucked up if it disappeared.

We all have those days when everything sucks and the correct soundtrack comes to the rescue.

It can be heavy metal, classical music, pop, indie…

And the day improves magically.

Here I am, listening to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and life is great right now.

But also, it goes deeper than that.

Music is harmony, a lot of melodies coming together to make something greater.

It has a pace, different frequencies, and no less important; silences.

It has to do with the way our universe works, and I’m not talking about magic, but about the beauty in apparent chaos.

You can find music everywhere if you know where to look.