Now that we can easily read so many different perspectives, can we invest a little hope in the organic power of good will for the greater good? Surely the competitive, isolating ideologies around economic success now seem as believable as the existence of Santa Claus.
This is one crisis that may lead to our opportunity. The majority of comment on the net, in the news, indicates that people have dismissed the authority of those experts invested in big institutions. We no longer see leadership, we see a ritualized power play with the fall of intelligence and the rise of brutality.
Our future looks like an abandoned battle field of pollution, drought, famine and guns. Who needs education or health when the resources of the whole world are saved for so few?
It's against the many bleak examples that I look to the community.
There are people organizing food banks and have been for the thirty years since corporate fascism replaced civil society. There are organizations of volunteers who have created integral media such as rabble, The Tyee, Straight-Goods, Avaaz, etc. There are churches that have given up on doctrine in aid of support for the disenfranchised, housing the homeless on cold nights. There are theatres and musicians and artists organizing festivals still, even though their funding has been cut. And then there are parents, spouses and children who are giving continually, and blossoming in a new appreciation for what is around them and how their power is integrated in all things.
So it seems, almost, that humanity is evolving from the shallow stereotypes played out on mainstream media, to wise new ways of being in the world, while the institutions are crumbling under the weight of greed, still stuck on oppression and exploitation.
Will humanity transcend the failing structures that have governed for centuries, and find new ways of governing ourselves through creative cooperation?