For a difference of opinion, many tragedies have been committed in history, and when society looks back, it clearly sees the injustices done and justifies it by saying it would not be repeated again, for we as a people have become more enlightened. I, on the other hand, am not so sure. How will future generations view our age when those who hold the covers of deception are gone off the scene, exposing their legacy of deception?
Will it be seen as the age when politicians spoke of Green Renewable Energy but their policies were the exact opposite? Will their epitaph be written as, “Here lies the one responsible for our polluted waterways, with extinct sea life as their gift to society for ‘safe’ oil pipelines and offshore drilling”? Will acid rain join the damages done by greed?
Lost ozone protection brings increased skin cancer risk by increased radiation exposure, while a deluge of toxic chemicals are dumped into our agriculture without accountability. Will these be some of the reasons why diseases of all sorts went pandemic? Especially on our watch–our food is harvested void of vitamin nutrients with GMO-dominated agriculture policies. And our healthcare system–will it be seen as the smoke screen for pharmaceutical dominance? How long will the blind eye approach be given to the pharmaceutical industry while they take under their wings the quasi-natural health industry as it becomes one of their extensions with the introduction of licensed natural health (NHP) products? Time will tell as the freedom of choice for traditional remedies hangs in the balance. Will they survive or be seen as the villains of health?
Let us examine the past in order to see if any similarities exist today. For a difference of opinion, both life and death consequences were the reward for breaking ranks with the law of the day. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and 25 years later declared as a martyr then canonized as a saint by the very same group; were they enlightened or exposed? Oh, that was then; today we have much more social and religious tolerance, and one group would not again have the same liberties over the other. We don’t have to look very far and we see that this is not the case. In our generation and under our watch, we have seen the Shiites and Sunnis, the Catholics and Protestants, Hutu and Tutsi and the Jewish state and the Palestinians. The comedian George Carlin said it best, “Because they wore different hats.” What should be accepted as religious tolerance soon became twisted, and crimes were justified in the name of “god” by keeping order with the dictates of the religious sect leaders.
With our protective vision, those of us in the West looked to those in the East and compared our liberties with theirs. Socialist or capitalist all depends how the policies are perceived, but trust me, each have their injustices. Nelson Mandela comes to mind. Now he is respectfully referred to as the father of the new South Africa, yet for his stand, it meant 27 years in prison – for the equality of his people. Aung San Suu Kyi is often respectfully referred to as Daw Suu or aunt; she spent 15 of the 21 years under house arrest. These injustices again were on our watch. Both have become icons of freedom and were bestowed the honour of the Nobel Peace prize. I tend to wonder if their countries were rich with diamonds, gold, or oil, whether they would not be quickly liberated from their captivities if they were not in on the take, and of course, in an effort to undo the injustices of humanity.