Donald Trump’s ascendency to the White House no doubt stunned not just the USA but the entire world. Do not expect him to lead us to peace. In fact, do not expect any American president to bring about peace. It’s not in our economic interests nor has it ever been. The economic livelihoods for millions of Americans depend on churning out weapons of mass destruction for the mammoth and highly profitable defense industry. Thousands of investors swim in wealth due to the manufacture and sale of lethal weapons like bombs, attack helicopters, guns, planes, tanks, jeeps, etc. We sell our deadly product to just about any country willing to cough up the money to pay, even if it causes national debt or internal problems.
The world is at a crucial tipping point. We’ve destroyed nation after nation only to rebuild again and again. Take Europe as an example. Europeans twice trashed their continent and then rebuilt it. The USA incinerated Japan in 1945 then aided in its rebirth. We did a notable job destroying much of Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia during the 1960s. The Cambodians, through the Khmer Rouge, decided to wreck their country again in the 1970s. There have been numerous instances in South America, Central America, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa of similar destruction and rebuilding. What’s the point of killing and maiming millions of innocent men, women and children not to mention animals and the environment? Haven’t enough people suffered and died as a result of foolishness, some in the most brutal, horrific ways? Man has been at war practically since the beginning of time. Isn’t time we stop? In 1945 the Manhattan Project demonstrated the frightening destructive power of a nuclear weapon with twin bombings on Japanese cities. To think we can win a nuclear war is pure folly. It will be the end of all mankind.
Look around you, wherever you live. The world is a beautiful, magnificent place made up of cascading rivers full of fish, snow-capped mountains jutting into the sky, sandy clean beaches, and clever, creative people who contribute art, science, literature, medicine, sports and so much more to our world. We are blessed with families, friends, and neighbors who we love. There are endless riches around the world. Enough already has been ruined, destroyed, and laid to waste because of hatred, greed, arrogance and refusal to get alone.
God blessed us with a wonderful planet, a fantastic place to live. We can either continue to ruin it or start to save it. While we bicker and battle with one another, Mother Nature showed her anger. She is mad that we have ignored signs of her sickness. For years we polluted her without regard to her fragility. Now, Mother Nature is lashing out with melting polar ice caps, monstrous storms, droughts, wild fires and coastal flooding. She is unhappy with us.
So what can we do? Is there hope? Who will lead us into the future?
Don’t expect much from the top, that’s for sure, of most nations. Humans cause war and humans can end war. Wars are ugly, wars are destructive, and wars kill. Keep hope and faith alive. Put the arms makers out of business. There was a march for unity in Iraq against the violence and destruction caused by the militants. In Israel recently, women marched together for peace, both Israeli and Palestinian. Power to the peaceful I say. There is power in numbers. Show up to save the planet. It’s our home to save or to lose. Keep hope alive. Don’t let war or hatred win. It’s up to us, wherever we live and whoever you are. There is a verse in the Quran, Surah 5, that says God loves those who do good. Let’s start doing good to end hate.