Friends, do you ever get the feeling that you are slowly sinking into quicksand? I do and it’s a scary feeling.
Of course, I’ve never been in real quicksand so I don’t really know what that’s like but my sinking feeling is real, frightening. I fear I am sinking into the quicksand of the world.
Let me explain giving a simple example. I watched the stormy Obama meeting with Netanyahu. Then I watched the Obama address to AIPAC in which he contradicted himself completely and was servile. Next I saw him jet off to Paris or London, I think it was. Then, next week, I know that Netanyahu addresses Congress and will be given a rapturous reception as if he was a hero instead of a mass murderer (in Gaza) and brutal occupier.
In trying to put these disparate images together, I felt the ground underneath me shift, soften because nothing much makes sense anymore, and I sink a little further no matter how I struggle, how much I think!
Millions of similar images are floating around me. Obama encouraging people to rise up and seek democracy in nations where the U.S. has been supporting cruel despots for decades. Obama talking about peace when he leads the supreme warmongering nation in the world. Obama vetoing U.N. resolutions critical of Israel while claiming to champion human rights.
And it’s not just Obama.
There is Pakistan where Imran Kahn, the world famous cricketer, is leading a protest group attacking the use of American drones because of the number of civilian deaths. The Pakistan Government criticizes the use of drones even though it has also allowed the U.S. to use them. As I write this, there is an attack on a Pakistan naval base in Karachi by the Taliban which is ongoing and more than 10 people have been killed thus far.
An attack on a guarded naval base by terrorists? A government that allows drones then criticizes them? A cricketer leading a protest movement? It doesn’t make any sense. The ground softens further. Is nothing stable, solid, reliable?
Any human who keeps up to date with world affairs is walking on quicksand. The sheer number of events and the lack of any logic or pattern to most them is more than a single human mind can encompass. It’s like being caught in an ever-moving kaleidoscope, one that doesn’t stop even when we sleep. More images, billions of them, dancing and whirling like butterflies, moths, stinging insects.
The world we live in is too complex. We have made it that way. It, in return, is crushing us, drowning us. We should have never left the villages where we grew our crops and spun our own cloth and lived simply but contentedly in extended families. Some villagers never moved from their immediate surrounds and never wanted to. Their brain coped with their reality. Ours can’t!
We have created an ocean of quicksand and we are drowning in it. We can’t make sense of it yet we can’t escape it. Waves of information crash down upon us, bury us: two men having children, people having sex changes, penile enlargements, breast reductions, gay marriage, space travel, massive earthquakes, tsunamis, infidelities, school massacres, nuclear meltdowns, massive oil leaks, tornadoes, droughts and floods, incest, endless wars, financial collapses, increasing cancer, is coffee good for us or bad? imperialism, capitalism, refugees, socialism, child trafficking, nuclear weapons, atheism, Judaism, drugs, where to put your money, how to cope with old age, who to vote for, aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!
Save us! Please. Pull us from the quicksand, banish the fear and confusion that is almost universal. We need a rock to stand on, something comprehensible, something we can understand, that we can rely upon!
The truth is that only we can save ourselves. Only we can create a world which once again fits the confines of our limited intelligence.
The truth is: We have grown too big for our boots, or, more correctly, our brains!