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2005, HUMBUG, HUMBUG

01 January 2005

So, it's 2005 already, and I'm wondering where all the flying cars are. According to one Stanley Kubrick, we should have had plentiful spaceships dancing about in space to the Blue Danube Waltz four years ago. But I'm not seeing anything. Not a single bloody thing.

What I AM seeing however, is that humanity as a whole is still stuck in this decrepit rut of egoism and personal gain. Of course it's not all bad; there are certainly enough that have come to elevate their souls to a higher platform, but on the overall: we folks are still doing one heckuva bad job. And as a species, I am ashamed of us. It was over 500 years ago now that the Netherlandic philosopher Desiderius Erasmus wrote his humanistic books helping us get out of the barbaric medieval ages
and consequently catalysed the Enlightenment in the 18th century. But where are we now? We may have latrines and fresh running water, but our ways of thinking, though theoretically more versatile, are still not that different from our ancestors from 1200 and before.

Still we put personal wealth and individual comfort over the welbeing of the whole of mankind. Still there are many that don't understand that, though culturally different, ours is one race, that we are all but humans, citizens of the world. Still we consume disproportionate amounts of meat every day. Still there is so much hypocrisy; people who don't care what happens to others as long as it doesn't happen to them. They are the Wormtongues of our world, treacherous and backstabbing. They would poison everyone if t'would help them live. You know what Mr. Spock would say to that? You know what he'd say, minutes before dying of exposure to deadly radiation? He'd say (in between the coughing): ,,The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one.' And then he'd die. So how do you feel about THAT, you ingrate?

I think there's a lesson to be learned there.

But more so, it makes me pine for a future where we have finally understood that all these material tribulations are meaningless and vain. Where there are no longer only a few prophet-like arbiters who hover above us and see what is just (though they are usually not in command), but where we have all become so enlightened. As one grand Jedimaster once said: ,,Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.', and I for one hope to see the day swiftly, when we have shed off these stiffling husks and overcome ourselves, our egos and vices. It starts today. It starts with you.

Roderick.