Wherever one is at anywhere in the world today - given the yet unknown first, second, third, fourth or however more waves of Covid-19 are yet to come, with no vaccine in sight, for perhaps another 18 months or more, if ever, one literally must continue as if they daily taking one's life into their own hands.
Each time they step out of their front door, whether they're teenagers, 20-something's or 40-50-60 or more something's, before every human decides where to go, what to do or who to see, they better know exactly what they're facing. The reality at hand isn't just some cartoon character Chicken Little screaming "The Sky is Falling!" or alarmist prediction by some "Doomsday Prophet" warning, "The End is Nigh Near!"
The fact is that We of This Living Time are not only under a mortal threat, immersed as we are within the 21st century's Time of the Great Plague, but we are also witnesses to and participants in one of the greatest opportunities of the modern era to carry out a long awaited, much-overdue, cleansing and purification of the racist, sexist, oligarchical, colonial world as it has been lived by humanity for centuries, especially since the discovery of the New World and for so many more centuries-longer before in the Old World. This God-sent time is a golden opportunity for the Human Race to once-and-for-all create a true New World Order with an entirely new projected future in mind. But Will it?
Clearly, because of the sweeping effects of the Plague upon the entire political-economic-cultural-racial spectrum, the Human Race is approaching the major breakthrough of new, higher level of consciousness for what is basically right or wrong, good or bad, that must undergo major changes.
It won't be easy given the world's ugly, wretched track record not only over the millennia but more recently in the way in which the current Great Plague has highlighted and underscored the world's decadently-corrupt political-economic-financial systems of government that have demonstrated an inability to address many long-standing, unaddressed, pressing planetary realities raised by such world movements as: Occupy Wall Street; Extinction Rebellion; Fridays For Future International; Black Lives Matter; Paris Accord; 350.org; Universal Health Care; Equal Rights for Women; and the long-overdue need for a universal Livable Hourly Wage and Guaranteed Annual Income. But Hope Springs Eternal!
Yet, more immediate, simpler, everyday questions staring the world in the face at the moment are what daily decisions must be made to: do some safe retail shopping in a local mall; dine in a public restaurant, whether indoors or outdoors; drink and party at some local bar or nightclub; go for a walk or bicycle along a nature trail or public pathway heavily frequented by others. So far, tragically, the unsafe, reckless health risks being taken by too many humans encountered everywhere during these dangerous COVID times are manifold.
Too many humans, especially teenagers and 20 to 30-something's, still possess far too much of the cockiness and arrogance of youth, that doesn't yet fear its mortality, or sees itself as immune and impregnable to the effects of the Great Plague that sweeps among us. They still remain too blas, careless, irresponsible, selfish, inconsiderate, or simply too indifferent, to choose not to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE's) for the sake of themselves or others. They refuse or are unable to see the absolute duty and responsibility they have, as a citizen of Planet Earth, to protect the sanctity of all life around them.
Yet a large part of the blame and fault clearly rests squarely on the backs of their elders, and world leaders like President Donald Trump, Jair Bolsanaro, Vladimir Putin, XI Jinping, Rodrigo Duterte and hosts of other lesser leaders who have demonstrated what is nothing less than corrupt criminal acts by showing a total disregard, irresponsibility and utter unwillingness to accept the sacred responsibility their office demands of them to set an appropriate example for all who would follow their lead.
Because of an over-riding desire to perpetually feather their own political or financial nests, these so-called leaders have shirked their sacred responsibility to take such simple actions as modelling responsible behavior by wearing the requisite PPE's that are called for. They continue to fail miserably in their failure to convene, in every country, an assemblage of all their elected political figures, leading scientists, futurologists, philosophers and wise elders to gather together to create concerted, well-thought-out plans of action on a local, state, regional and federal level. The world's leaders also have failed to call together similar assemblages of major world political-scientific- health-philosophical-spiritual-futurologists and visionaries, far beyond the scope and powers of organizations like of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), to implement what might be called a U. N. Time of the Plague Council; whose sole function is to address, honestly and forthrightly, the COVID-19 pandemic and redefine a New World Order of sweeping proportions, driven not solely by economic concerns but non-economic, natural aspects of human life.
No matter where one goes in the world in 2020, because of this widespread flagrant disregard for the need for such assemblages of wise men and women, the consequent, widespread on-going transmissions of the COVID-19 virus, are reflected by repeated mandated lockdowns and stay-at-home orders that almost as soon as they're put into place, are rescinded, incrementally lifted, and then must be re-instated because of the mounting percentages of indiscriminate shoppers: in malls; on the streets, in every department and grocery store, restaurant, bar, nightclub or business establishment fails to wear the recommended PPE equipment (Face Masks and surgical gloves) or similarly chooses not to observe suggested safe social distancing practices.
The madness of human nature's basic inability and failure to self-preserve itself can be witnessed in every city, town or hamlet in the world by watching the way humans, whether in the most fashionable, richest, elegant, most health-conscious communities or poorest, shabbiest, unwholesome neighborhoods jostle up and down crowded streets and boulevards, walk in and out of poorly-spaced restaurants, board and off-load crowded public transit buses, trains and planes without the necessary PPE protections or safe social distancing being observed.
To extrapolate what the dire results such realities suggest will inevitably happen in the short and long term, doesn't require a rocket scientist to determine the disastrous consequences unless and until something markedly changes. As the world attempts to return to the normal way things once were it will simply continue to disintegrate into ever more woefully dismal states during and beyond this Time of the Great Plague. A return back to normal and business-as-usual will only serve as a prelude to even more sweeping and disastrous crises or plagues still to come whether they be of a biological, political, economic, financial, corporate or spiritual nature.
The flagrant defiance thus far shown by a Trump, Putin, Xi Jinping, Bolsanaro, Duterte and all their lesser examples of piss-poor weak and indecisive world leaders, incapable of ever enacting much-needed major reforms, and radical transformations, required at all levels of human life to create a truly New World Order, will only continue to perpetuate humanity's basic callousness towards the preservation of its own species and natural progression of life as Creation so intends it.
Jerome Irwin is a freelance writer and author of "The Wild Gentle Ones; A Turtle Island Odyssey" (www.turtle-island-odyssey.com), a three volume account of his travels as a spiritual sojourner, during the 1960's, 70's & 80's, among Native American & First Nation peoples in North America. It encompasses the Indigenous Spiritual Renaissance & Liberation Movements that emerged throughout North America during the civil rights era. In addition to being a long-time political activist and organizer, Irwin has authored over the years a number of environmental, political, cultural, spiritual articles with special emphasis on Native Americans, First Nations, Australian aboriginals, native peoples of Israel, Gaza, Palestine and Syria and especially Black Americans where Irwin retired as a special education teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Secondary where he worked with Black & Brown students from San Francisco's Bayview and Hunter's Point/Candlestick Park Districts. Irwin also is the publisher of The Wild Gentle Press.
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