Rejoinder

 

The positive and lengthy feedback in response to ‘Dreams of our future’ – many miniature blogs in their own right – has urged me to further goad this discussion . . .

 

Verily, the 44th President has sutured the fragmented political ideology inherent within us and for that he deserves immense credit, but as they say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ (should have stuck that one in your inaugural address Barack) and as far as I’m aware, they’re still adding to it now, which begs the question . . . ‘In such a heterogeneous world, is it possible to build a global society that works for everyone?’

 

Considering history’s 100% failure to accomplish this task (last time I looked out the window to check, I still had to squint through a smeared pigeon shit to gaze upon a miserable, grey hued dystopia), I’d have to say no, in which case, what is the best we can hope for?

 

Barack Obama has a monumental task before him – faltering economy, global warming, intractable wars, the many nations and people that hate America – but in response to this final and, I think, most important point, he has started with gusto, namely by pledging to close the revolting pimple of injustice that is, Guantanamo Bay. I would have expected no less from anyone but a sociopath, although this should not undermine the bravery of the decision – after all, renewed with hate from years of confinement and torture, one terrorist act committed by a former detainee could tip the scales of popularity firmly against him in America’s eyes . . . perhaps too far to return from.

 

Unfortunately though, clearing up these piles of crap, left behind by the previous occupants of the White House, is likely to be an unsavoury, yet ongoing activity for the new president. I just hope that if Barack Obama does manage the seemingly impossible and eviscerate all the mess from the past 8 years, the scent does not continue to linger.

 

Your thoughts dear friends?

 

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  1. JT

    Mr Mitchell, I am glad that you have continued along this topic, as I feel as the generation of today we owe it to ourselves to pause for reflection on current affairs, as it is perhaps this point that has defined the faults of the past. Too often we empathise with the notion that as an individual we cannot make a difference, yet we miss the point that it is a group of individuals that form a conglomerate who can make a difference.

    In your sentiments “can a global society be constructed in a way that suits everyone”, I would answer the obvious no, but with digression. The world thrives upon chaos, supported by the vast amount of literature surrounding this very keynote. A unified goal is far from possible, as history shows us, the illusion of peace is far from global agendas. However, in this Obama era perhaps we can see a greater cohesion between nations, and at least a better understanding of each other, so as we continue in the depths of globalisation, we can contend our homogenising world, with a reunified strength in nation-state boundaries. These points were resounded in Obama’s inauguration speech “if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us”.

    It is this last point I would like to expand upon, as this quote is coming from a man who represents a nation that has had its hand not in a fist, but rapped around an MK47 for years. The United States, and the Untied Kingdom, in fact the entire Western world need to become more transparent and accountable as we move further into the 21st century, as it is the lack of transparency and accountability that has left the world in its current ground-zero state. It is the corporations that need to stop hiding behind such social greenwash of ‘corporate social responsibility agendas’, and become more accountable for their actions, and transparent in their quest for wealth. We are a consumer world, were what you buy is more important that how you vote.

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