Do you believe in destiny? Or more particularly, the prophesied showdown between good and evil at Armageddon?
I do. I don’t quite know why I do. But I do. I just do.
I can feel it. Deep in my soul. An anticipation of horror, pain and suffering of such proportions I can only imagine.
I hope I’m wrong. But it’s as if we’re on a collision course with a destiny none of us wants.
Look around. The social fabric of western democracy is unraveling. Civil unrest is everywhere. Our economy’s on the brink. And that’s before we even consider the impact of the socio-political-religious war waged by Islamist jihadi radicals, Chinese incursions in the South China Sea, or North Korean threats of nuclear winter.
There’s a fever sweeping across the land. And it’s threatening to take us all down with it.
But even as I see the battles going on in the world around me, I am acutely aware they are raging in me as well. It’s like I’m caught in the middle of a never-ending game of tug-o’-war between two warring sides of myself. Sometimes it nearly rips me apart as I’m pulled toward one side, then jerked back to the other.
One of the biggest areas in which I notice it is when I’m thinking politics. Not because of the politics per se, but because what it sets off inside me.
I can see why people fight over it.
Politics touches our core beliefs. It lays the foundation upon which we build our common affairs. And most of all, it holds up a mirror for us to see something about ourselves.
But it also opens the door to counter-views that challenge the beliefs and practices of the status quo, even if not always offering much in the way of something better.
Our world is going through a tumultuous time. Science and medicine have opened the door to many wonders, and horrors as well. Modern communications, travel and information systems have thrust together cultures that rarely ever interacted, and forced change upon us all. Old systems of governance are crumbling. Yet the powers-that-be are locked in continuous warfare at the expense of the people that threaten the survival of us all.
Yet despite the challenges, I have hope for a better day.
For I see a wave of consciousness sweeping across the land. People are recognizing their responsibility to each other, and to the planet on which they ride. And most of all, awakening to the desire for something better, and the possibility of making it happen.
There are many who work to distort, oppose or subvert those forces. They come from both sides of the political spectrum. They pull their strings. And they benefit from their largess.
But the energies of change are stirring, and they will not be stopped. The genie can’t be put back in the bottle.