The town of Ferguson Missouri is in crisis after police shoot an unarmed 18-year-old with no criminal record. The St. Louis County police force has fired Tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters, and they also wrongly arrested two legitimate reporters for no clear reason. The police SWAT teams look ready to enter the battle of Fallujah, hardly a force ready to protect and serve their community.
Modern humanity risks eventual extinction from any number of causes, but the most likely will arise from a failure to manage our limited resources, or alternatively, to intentionally destroy each other. Are we the next dinosaurs? Are we the next inhabitants of earth to prove unable to sustain our species and civilization?
What happens in a society where TRUTH has little value? What happens when disinformation and propaganda feed and spread ignorance? What happens when the media can be bought and purchased to push a particular ideology? What happens when the resulting ignorance spreads hate and fear? The guarantee of Free Speech—subject to established limitations on Defamation—is so fundamental to society, how can we combat the intentional deception of our citizens? Is it even possible to overcome the propaganda?
There is an uncomfortable similarity between current events in East Jerusalem and what transpired throughout Europe during WWII. Many Israeli “activist” citizens see the injustice and are standing proudly against it—a testament that some learn lessons, but not all. President Obama is visiting Israel very shortly, and I hope that he addresses this issue directly with our very special allies.
HOW did we ever come to violate so many of the fundamental beliefs that have enabled us to climb so far so fast? Solitary Confinement for 23 hours a day—indefinitely? How brave is that? We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, with almost 2.5 million people locked up—at least 80,000 in solitary confinement? How just is that? Should we remain proud of our nation? What have we become?