When thinking back through my four decades and a bit on this Earth I can't really remember a time when the World was generally at peace. I say the World obviously I mean the human race.
In the 70s and 80s everybody was concerned about Nuclear War. Most people inhabiting the Internet nowadays are too young to remember that. But I remember thinking it was a real possibility. I also remember my Mother telling us in the 70s that she'd kill us if it happened so we wouldn't suffer. I also remember thinking “Thats a bit harsh” but then in the context of a Nuclear War it probably isn't really. But it shows how much people thought about it. It was never a case of 'Oh that'll never happen', even though people said that sometimes, but everyone thought deep down that it could. We all knew it. The least that could happen was an invasion by the massive Soviet Army marching west across Europe. Not entirely comforting times.
Then the Berlin Wall came down and we entered the 90s, maybe there was hope for peace. But of course there were still 'conflicts'. First the break up of the old Yugoslavia and then Dubyas Daddy went into the first Gulf War. Clinton then came into office. The turmoil in Eastern Europe and particular the former Yugoslavia were still atrocious. But it felt like it was region specific. More people were concerned with semen on a dress and what may or may not have happened with a cigar.
Then came September 11th 2001. For previous generations it was the Moon Landing, the death of Kennedy and the like that would be lifetime moments. I still remember vividly thinking, and saying to MBH that the “World has forever changed”.
It most certainly has. There is no territory to win, or walls to break down. In this case it's ideology. But I'm not just talking about Muslim Extremists (and they are bloody extreme – all the Muslims I know are bloody lovely people). I'm seeing such an increase in ideological extremes. The World changed back then and it continues to change. From the society level including politics and business. If I had the time, patience and was thoughtful enough I'd try to put my thoughts down. But I'm not and I can't. All I know is that change is continuing and the majority of it seems 'not good'. It may end up for the better, but it's going to be very painful.
Hopefully I'll get another three or four decades out of life. I'll feel very lucky if I do. But I just don't envisage it being a halcyon time. I'm not being pessimistic. This is just from looking at a lot of different sources and coming to my own conclusion. I like to look for the good in people. In society as a whole. But it seems so self centred. When protests do come about it seems like the pinnacle of it is a Facebook campaign or a hashtag…and boy is that depressing.
Maybe it is just foolish to dream about peace and equality in life.
Doesn't mean I have to stop dreaming though…