Often, as the year comes to an end, we are presented with reviews of the current events of the past year. I suspect that this year it will be no different. We have experienced some strange phenomena going on in our world at large.
Curious to me, is the phenomenon of the Global Migration taking place.
Africa seems to be migrating to Europe.
Central Americans are walking, to America in what they call a caravan of people.
The devastating Syrian war that have caused huge Refugee camps to become new neighbourhoods for the victims of war
Why, I wonder ?
I heard it said, that it is because the poorest of the poor cannot tolerate their poverty one minute more, and are willing to risk life and limb to make a change for themselves and their families for the better. Crime and oppression have just become to unbearable in their own countries. Power and greed stifles, maims and kills ! And who could, or should live in those conditions ?
Migration poses enormous problems as it becomes a huge challenge, – but so to a change in the cultural exchange of the receiving countries.
It is unchartered waters where the solutions and outcomes are not known, and long-term effect will bring about irretrievable results.
What will a melting pot of languages and cultures mean in the course of time ? Will there be conflict, for sure, will there be confusion, for sure, but no one knows, as yet the reasons or the results for this phenomena called Migration. Will it mean a new global village ? A loss of nationalism, and thus identity ? No one knows the future.
The world, in its oh so developed state, have forgotten the poor. The mass of the people of our global world are poor and been ignored, and purposely, and conveniently forgotten.
We think we are so smart, with our smart phones and devices of mind-boggling technological proportions, that in essence leave the people of our world in a poorer place. Poorer in unemployment, poorer in equality, poorer in integrity !
I am not against progress and development, but that surge should be for all people, not just the rich, the famous and the powerful.
Muslims are being detained in China, and are undergoing a de-doctrination, in large “schools” being built to accommodate this plan.
Jews despicably murdered in their own synagogues, recently in Pittsburgh.
American politics have turned a corner in contemporary party politics, with targeted pipe bomb scares. Maybe harmless, maybe not, but it is incomprehensible political warfare of a new kind.
Nationalism is another surprising and interesting phenomenon standing its ground.
Trump’s America and Britain’s Brexit strongly reflect this phenomenon. Just when the globalisation of the whole world seemed unstoppable, with its fast trade, tsunami-like waves for financial gain, that blows consumerism into a frenzy of more and more and more ! Is a resistance being raised to being dominated and manipulated by the money god of world economics?
Cyber information is perhaps the most alarming phenomena of our time – all about the subtle influencing of gullible consumers, advertising, branding and marketing, not to mention sinister manipulation, politicking and power – and eroding the facts and the truth about almost any given matter. Fake news seems to be an acceptable thing ! And at times the gossip on the social media is a ‘source’ for the news scoop of the day !
Morality has been turned upside down, reflecting the good as bad and the bad as good – what is trending is right ! The moral compass is out of sight, even some would say lost.
And to my mind, that is the saddest of the modern phenomena of the times we live in today.
The Crime and Corruption phenomena, although global, is very evident here in South Africa. To watch the local news is a depressing experience. News moves at lightning speed through our politics, which changes every day. Our gruesome community stories, mostly about poverty, crime and community protests and unrest – reveals the mountain of corruption we are enduring at present.
In fact, South Africa, seemingly innocently unaware, has been looted under a cloud of skilful strategic corruption of magnum proportions, – for almost a decade now !
Now that the threads of corruption and crime are being unravelled, by an astute new leadership, we are left gobsmacked at the enormity of this wasteful expenditure – and the depravity of the sons of shame in our nation – as the poor are even poorer than before.
Yet there is hope with moments of the comical, the kindest of humanities and of course our invigorating and beloved Sport, that brings us a light refreshing.
Our news, most times depressing, but perhaps ‘all sides of diverse and vibrant’, would be a better catch phrase to describe the South African news.
But, not to be to much of a pessimist I need to mention another strange phenomenon that
has taken place in our country this past year. Huge people-gathering events have taken place when thousands answered the call for prayer, seeking mercy and sustenance for our leaders, our people and our country.
At the last gathering in October, prayers were said for a spirit of forgiveness for the peoples of South Africa – to give forgiveness, and to receive forgiveness from each other. For racism, murder and evil to be nullified, and for a new day of progress and development for all South Africans.
To my mind, the best kind of phenomenon is Prayer, that ushers in the winds of change !
2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray,
and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and heal their land.