What’s the point? What is it all supposed to be leading us to? By ‘it’ I mean the notions about how the world should be that the disparate viewpoints among us constantly scream about. If we approach my questions in terms of the political spectrum, both left and right have their visions of the future world. Both sides believe, quite strongly, that their way is best, right, moral, equal, and least destructive to the environment, social groups, the economy, or whatever their favored group/demographic/issue is. In the world at large Islamic fundamentalists want to bring Sharia law to the globe, impose their will on us all. Klaus Schwab fervently predicts that we will all own nothing and be happy. Opposing and conflicting views are everywhere. We are bombarded with opinions, inundated with rhetoric begging, cajoling, bargaining with and threating us for our support. But for what? What does the end look like? Who is the one who will say, “Alright folks, we’ve made it to Utopia, go live your lives in peace forever and ever”? And perhaps more importantly, when will those words be said and what will that Utopia look like?
You might now be asking yourself, what’s the point of this essay? That’s the easy part – happiness. That’s it. That’s what I’m writing about. We are all looking for it in our own ways. Some of us are lucky enough to have found it. Good for them. I wish them the best in life wherever they are in the world. What interests me more than the happy people, however, are the unhappy people and why there are so many of them. I read a piece of news today about an individual who was arrested for “Terroristic Threatening”. This person made a phone call and indicated that a public facility was going to be shot up. It doesn’t take Freud to figure out that this individual was unhappy about something. How many stories like this, and far worse, do we hear about every day?
Look at any protest, over any issue, anywhere in the world and what will you find? Unhappy people. Iran has been roiled by protests for a number of years over that country’s strict theocratic and repressive government. Lots of Iranian people are angry. In America we’ve seen the group known as Antifa riot in numerous cities and destroy millions of dollars of property because they’re angry. Even the Chinese have been protesting over their communist government’s draconian covid lockdowns. Those people were also angry. There are protests all over the world almost every day if one cares to look for them. Because people all over the world are angry. The issues and reasons change with the time zones, but there is still that singular emotion fomenting and propelling them all – anger.
I’d like to think that humanity is moving toward some form of… I don’t want to say enlightenment; we’ve already had that age, and the word is overused, nearly archaic at this point in time. I don’t want to say awakening either because that word is really overused. So, I’ll say nexus, locus, a point where all these unrelated events and their corresponding timelines intersect and what has been promised, predicted, and envisioned for decades becomes reality. What happens then? What’s the outcome? The New World Order? Klaus Schwab owns everything? Christ comes back? The Hidden Imam comes out of hiding? Ragnarok? The apocalypse? Peace on earth and goodwill toward men? The answer depends on who is speaking. There are countless visions of how the world should be and countless people working to make them reality. I just hope that when all the anger and protests are done that they don’t leave behind only sadness.
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Mark Sowers, author of works of fiction. He writes fantasy, action/adventure, loves life in Alaska.