Originally Posted by Hands Sandon
Sorry, I'm adding yet another thread to the hallowed grounds of PO.
Some of you who have followed politics more closely rhan I for the last 20 hears or so are probably looking looking back, wondering "No shit!"
There has been a marked departure in the timeline from what I had initially anticipated... not just due to personal experiences.
For me I always was left-leaning but definitely have become more centrist in the past few years. I have honestly also had a spiritual "awakening" of sorts (note spiritual not religious) and so indeed much of what we see as "real" is not as real as we think it is.
That said one thing is clear. Once I got my first job out of college and the novelty of earning decent cash wore off a little, it dawned on me all the "dots that connected" that enabled me to succeed due to my middle-class upbringing.
In the context of the 20th century, the first and second world wars were of course absolutely hideous and brought humanity to the brink. The cold war intensified that brinkmanship but thankfully it all unravelled in the 90's... In the 21st century we face the next greatest threats... financial and environmental. Not as horrible perhaps as being invaded and taken over by war-crazed psychos or being nuked due to someone "accidentally" pressing a button.
But I do believe in the 21st century financial and environmental challenges will pose the biggest threat. I was hoping for a zeitgeist of mass awareness ("Age of Aquarius" type stuff) but it will be the plain ol' regular folk going, WTF?!! that will be the shift in consciousness.
The banks all over the world are spending massive amounts of money on PR and marketing to try and convince people they are not the problem. This will only intensify. If politics are the problem, think about who controls or at least puts the constraints on the politicians.