|Love and Peace vibes|
Of course, these are "typical hippie" feelings what this world might need right now... but, nevertheless, it's the truth. Looking at what is going on in the world currently, lots of healing and loving energies are needed at the moment...
The civil war in Syria is going on, fueled also by the actions and/or inactivity of the super powers...
Genocide in West Papua continues, mostly unnoticed by mainstream media...
|West Papuan natives - victims to Indonesian occupation for about 50 years now...|
A government that claims to be democratic is clubbing, tear-gassing and killing peaceful protesters. The last chapter so far was riot police forcefully and violently clearing Gezi Park in Istanbul and blocking the park...
Volunteers and professional helpers are still fighting the aftermath of the cataclysmic rains leading to the floods in south-east and east Germany... while politicians are again making their appearances in those regions to offer their supplies of pre-formulated platitudes and hollow promises... it's only about 100 days to the federal parliament general election, after all, and all politicians are doing their best to ensure their success. Catastrophes like this year's flood are a great help in that, too... In 2002, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (social democrat party) did the same - travelling to the people, standing on dams, being out there with the people - and that helped him to get re-elected. Quite many people said, that the flood washed him back into power.
Seeing our Federal Mom, Chancellor Merkel, fly over the disaster areas reminded me a lot of other German politicians who flew around for propaganda reasons in times of disaster...
OK, granted, our Federal Mom isn't the "Führer", and we're still living in a democracy... I mean, we do, don't we? We still can express ourselves without having to be afraid that anyone might interpret what we write, like, share or post on the internet as subversive or even terrorist, right?
Rhetoric questions, really, after coming to know, that the so-called National "Security" Agency (NSA) has left home to spy on people world-wide, who happen to use internet services housed on servers in the United States (yes, that includes this very blog, my YouTube account, since both are part of the Googleverse, and my Facebook and Twitter accounts, too).
Of course, all of this is happening for all of our safety and to stop terrorism, right? The NSA is only watching the really evil countries closely, right? Well, let's take a look at the NSA's own version of Google Maps, showing on a "heat map", how intensely different nations were watched within the "Prism" programme:
The map shows the levels of surveillance, ranging from dark green (lowest) to red (highest). Yellow is at the middle of the scale, and the nations watched for anti-terror reasons to that extent are evil empires such Iraq, China, the United States of America and Germany. Germany? Yes, indeed... this is what we get for hosting urban development and planning students with a keen interest in aviation, such as Mohammed Atta. For those of you, who don't remember the name: he was one of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11, which was the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
And what is happening now? Instead of apologizing for listening in on any internet traffic and/or telephone conversation using certain links and containing special key words, the US officials are now on the hunt for the whistleblower who dared to open Pandora's Box of international espionage. Seeing how Bradley Manning has been treated so far for unmasking atrocities and inhumane acts during the so-called "war on terror", I doubt very much, that Edward Snowden can expect a fair trial.
An ironic coincidence: Since the NSA's global surveillance of internet and telephone traffic went public, Amazon's sales figures of George Orwell's novel "1984" went up by 337 per cent... OK, that might also be due to the 64th anniversary of its first publication on June 8, 1949.
|British first edition cover, 1949|
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world, as the title of a classic screwball comedy movie suggests... and, since the movie is all about greed driving people crazy, it's still true, when it comes to our "civilized" society's behaviour. It's greed for wealth, resources and power turning the wheels of the madness machine that rolls over our planet, leaving death and destruction behind. There are still places in this world where people gather to throw a wrench in the works of that machine, be it by protesting aloud or doing their work silently, by prayer, meditation and sending out positive vibes.
I've done both and currently I am doing what other people might call "naive" or "childish" by meditating and sending out the excess positivity I gather from Mama Earth on a daily basis. I know that I am not alone doing this and I still have hope that this will help in healing at least a part of the world.