Sunday, June 21, 2015
"There is an Explosion of Suffering"
Hollywood actress and director Angelina Jolie on Saturday described a spiraling global refugee crisis as an "explosion of human suffering" whose causes the international community refuses to confront.
Jolie, who serves as a United Nations special envoy for refugees, was speaking at a news conference in southeastern Turkey, home to Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war, on World Refugee Day.
The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said in a report last week that there were now more refugees than at any other time in history, with 59.5 million people displaced from their homes worldwide.
"59.5 million people displaced from their homes worldwide."
"There is an explosion of human suffering and displacement on a level that has never been seen before," Jolie said, warning that Syrians and Iraqis were running out of safe havens as neighboring states reached the limit of their capacity.
"It is hard to point to a single instance where, as an international community, we are decisively addressing the root causes of refugee flows," she said.
What the bleep more can I add to this other than we should be stocking up on beans land mines, and shotgun shells.
This is truly the beginnings of a new Dark Age. The people have a vague feeling it's on the way. See popular culture evidence above.
Historians one day,...if any, would quibble on it's date of beginning. 1914 the beginning of the Second Hundred Years War. Perhaps sometime in the 18th century when the Industrial Age was seriously coming on-line.
More likely with the hindsight of some centuries they'll peg it to the point when the ecological "Tipping Point" occurred. This date I think would be somewhere between 1900, and 1940.
Google population, and industrial growth from 1700~1900.
All the current talk about it being somewhere towards the end of the 21st century is just spin to keep the mob complacent while the "Owner Culture" prepares to save it's skin both off world, and remote areas of our ruined planet.
In any case the above headline, and article are just more signs of where we're headed. Could anything be done at this point to save most of humanity from this Fall into yet another dark pit?
In fact yes. IF! there were the determined effort on the level of the West's productivity in WW2. That, and the single minded purpose of the Manhattan Project or as I proposed below in another post the "Paradise Project".
It could actually happen if there were finally the desperate knowledge of just how totally fucked we are was instilled deep into every Human Heart. 'That' instead of what most in the world is doing....looking for their next meal in the third world or looking to make more money in the first.
Basically our situation calls for us to think as a Species, and not individuals.
Sadly as we know too few have that ability. Our brains are still being wired for that. Evolution is working as fast as she can, but the babies with that ability keep getting killed or culturally pushed aside in mating.
We need maybe another 20 to 50,000 years for it to be an intuitive common notion.
So into the Darkness we go yet again.
As our dear Comrade "Z" has said in the comments there 'will' be yet another Civilization on the other side of this thing. There's the hope that 'they' may have a better way.
Angels wait to see.