- An Impending Apocalypse
The looming danger of an apocalypse threatens human existence on this planet. If the changing climate in the background wasn’t enough of a reminder, the recent pandemic has further intensified the underlying trends of a dying civilization that have been visible for decades. Far from the need of the hour, i.e., to unite against our collective crisis, we are stuck in a narrow mindset of scarcity and competition that leads us to pursue limited and rivalrous goals.
- Tribalism and apathy reign over global society
Limited by a primitive Darwinian theory of survival (of the fittest), most people believe competition is essential to survival. Embracing this dog-eat-dog worldview has made both humans and their values and goals materialistic and myopic in nature. On a personal level, it leads to dread and distress as we feel increasingly disconnected from each other. It results in violence on all levels of human society, environmental destruction, and unjust distribution of wealth and resources – eventually culminating in our physiologically breakdown and decay in the time-space world.
- The Problem of Hijacked Democracies
Democracies are increasingly being siege by illiberal figures and authoritarian regimes. What is alarming is not the slow and steady death of democracy but how it is dying. We are witnessing the end of democracies not at the hands of men with guns but the hands of populist leaders of the country. When the hijackers/assassins of democracy hide behind democratic institutions like elections,
police, and judiciary, the task of recognizing and weeding them out of our political system becomes all the more difficult.
- Incapacitated Institutions of Authority
In today’s day and age, it is not easy to find an institution, be it educational, professional, social, or political, that is thriving. Institutions frozen in time are incapacitated by chugging along redundant lines of operations. We must ask: is the education system producing our next generation of leaders? How well does the health system work? Is the family court system keeping families together? Does our political system offer equal opportunities and empowerment to all?
- Vacuum of Political Leadership
World political leaders have repeatedly failed to rise and meet crises with competence creating a void of capable strategic leadership. For instance, the government ignored, bungled, politicized, and haphazardly managed the pandemic with questionable competence at every level of our society. There is a need to fill the political vacuum at the top level with competent, courageous, and patriotic leadership operating with a new governing philosophy.
- Lack of Trust in Mainstream Media
Faith in the mainstream media has plummeted to an all-time low. With easy access to information
, most people are unsure what to believe. News organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public. Instead of encouraging free and independent thought and debate, they have shamelessly turned into echo chambers laced with shrill soundbites and scathing criticism targeting anyone who questions them. The result is a long way from an informed and connected society and breeds hate, fear and polarization among brainwashed people.
- Flawed and Corruptible Humanity
Even a new movement of sufficient power, capable of filling the leadership vacuum and building future institutions, is not immune to corruption. The reason is that every idea and institution is inseparably contingent upon the human agency that carries them out in practice. Human beings are inadvertently self-seeking and easily corruptible, putting even the best of ideas and institutions at risk of being derailed away from public welfare and interest. Unless a sound, the self-corrective incorruptible system can check the inherent flaws of human nature, we can solve no other problem.
- Unmanaged Movements of Change
History has shown us that even great and powerful movements of change – like, Anonymous, Occupy DC, and Black Lives Matter – that had started with a great deal of enthusiasm, powered by several strengths and innovative solutions and yet they can be reduced to a rubble of forgotten hashtags, frayed slogans and fizzled out initiatives if not appropriately managed. It is especially crucial for any movement that embodies change to attract attention, stay relevant, and maintain pace. It requires proper mentorship and operational management to steer and harness the collective community power and available resources productively and effectively.
- Gaping Wealth Inequalities
The current economic model follows a trickle-down theory that disproportionately benefits wealthy businesses and individuals through tax cuts, capital gains, dividends, and even looser regulations by the government. Although trickle-down theorists argue that putting more money in the hands of the wealthy and corporations would trickle down to middle and low-income earners in the long run, free-market capitalism would eventually mean an increased employment rate and consumer spending. However, this has not been the case. Instead, the rich have become more affluent, and the poor have become poorer.
- An unhealthy interdependence between the corporate and the political realm
A direct nexus between the corporate and political realms proliferates institutionalized corruption. Well-connected and well-to-do industrialists and public officials work surreptitiously together to fill their private coffers at the expense of the people at large. The government tries to attain and retain power in its own hands by forging an unholy alliance with wealthy corporations and individuals willing to fund their expensive electoral campaigns in exchange for future financial liberties. Therefore, the gap between the haves and have-nots is forever increasing in terms of power and wealth.
- Big Tech and Social Media
Applications like Facebook and Twitter have transformed into more than just platforms meant to connect individuals or post cute pictures of cats. With their growing popularity over the years, they have established a monopoly and autonomy in their industry on a scale that resembles authoritarian governments. An unchecked ability to track and trace everything that individual users show an interest in and then algorithmically push out more ‘similar’ content gives the social media
company immense power of censorship and propaganda. This power has attracted big technology companies and the government to secretly buy data from social media companies to orchestrate campaigns of influence aimed at manipulating the prevalent mindset. The banning of Trump first by Twitter, followed by Facebook, has shattered the longstanding notion that they are neutral platforms open for all to express their views. Instead, it sends out loud alarm bells signaling the unchecked and limitless power of social media companies that supersedes the right of even the US president, whom they managed to silence quickly.