When Michael Jackson sang “Earth Song”
I once had a privilege; I had a Hollywood star in front of me. Coincidentally. I would see and hear a myth. This was the thought that accompanied me as I walked towards that hall in a neighborhood of Athens where Marlon Brandon was to lecture. I knew him by name and that was it. The first thought that prompted me to come there was that name, that epithet that great people usually carry like a cross on their back. I would listen to a myth, which would talk about its own Oscars, projects, greatness, stars. But my thoughts were interrupted somewhere. Brandon was speaking. Not the myth Brandon, but the citizen of this big world, who knows well its suffering and that he had the courage, the strength to raise a finger and accuse those who have turned politics into a profit pyramid. This political class, which is three quarters false, does not bring good news from the great diseases that are threatening humanity day by day. Wars, AIDS, poverty to the point of misery, global warming, atomic energy, polarization of society, corruption, blood feud, toxic waste, drugs, trafficking of women and children, domestic crime, swine flu. Brandon had not come as a myth there. He had long since thrown away that facade and as a citizen who has listened to the body of the sick society, he was using his great name to speak with the courage of a man who seeks projects to change something from the sufferings of the world. sole inhabitant of the vast universe. It was at the age of three, when sensitivity has thinned the threads of the soul, but it has given him the test of civil revolt. He called the world polluted not so much by the urban wastes, than by the appearances of the facade that generally covers those who have the destinies of humanity in their hands. He calls the world completely unbalanced, when billions of lek arm humanity against itself. The world has now turned into a shell, but inside only the pearl is missing. There you find wars, misery, vice, humiliation, inequality, and thus man is making the grave of humanity!
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But let’s leave the artist Brandon in the world of eternity, and return to life on the only human planet, pointing out the dangers that threaten humanity today. There are many and different factors, which are leading humanity towards degradation and the world towards catastrophes. Globalism is bringing to the surface policies, which bring colossal benefits to the states, without thinking for a long time if these policies have tragic consequences for humanity, disrupt the natural balances and moreover enrich a minority, while the majority gets poorer and worse every day. The period after the Second World War has brought the concentration of capital in a few hands and this polarization is bringing daily social consequences. In almost all developed countries, 5 percent of society owns more than 50 percent of the total social product. The common man feels confused and the world is becoming scary and alien to him. The wealth that is increasingly concentrated in fewer hands is impoverishing the rest, which is increasingly showing signs of global discontent. This society has been feeling a moral crisis for a long time and new foci of war, protests, revolts are so threatening to the world in all its spaces. Somewhere under the religious guise, a new war starts, but poverty, social inequality are the real reasons for these wars. Sheiks playing in rivers of gold, this year’s spring brought to the surface many problems in Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Libya, where the political class, which has been enriched by the misery of the population, seeks to perpetuate its power even over corpses of citizens. Furthermore, a prince’s wedding this summer cost 650 million dollars, a yacht is bought by someone with a figure of 300 million euros, a wristwatch costs 1 million 200 thousand dollars, while thousands of children chew their misery and the sky without stars and dreams .
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While I was watching a documentary about this summer’s fires in Albania, an apocalyptic feeling closed me inside and I ran away from that chronicle and somewhere else I found Michael Jackson’s song entitled “Song of the Earth”. I felt overwhelmed. People killed spiritually, pain has driven from their faces the pigment of life, others who fall on their knees in sorrow, clutch the earth of life in their hands, the sky conveys circles of plumes of black smoke, a forest slaughtered to the point of pain, the elephant with its calf own are lying lifeless on their property (somewhere I read that the elephant did the sexual act in secret) and I only managed to catch a word of this creepy song of the earth. See how we made the earth, where is the peace that we preached, where are the dreams, the alarm bell, we do not know where we are and where we will go. Endless images give the killer looks of the new century that is beautiful in name only. Nature has created those balances which do not allow even the slightest disregard for them. Its laws are universal and science recognizes and appreciates them as regulators of a sustainable ecosystem, and the violation of these relationships has brought great floods, up to a possible apocalypse. This ecosystem, created for millions of years, has long been threatened. This imbalance did not come yesterday, today, it did not come from Albania or anyone else; it is a consequence of those economic policies that, in the name of profit, affect natural opportunities, without respecting, or even ignoring, the laws established by nature. These laws are more universal than the laws of any parliament in the world, they are necessarily enforceable, because the opposite of them brings about those disruptions of the balances that protect this system in motion, but which the last decades have shown that globalized societies are doing little little by little they bury themselves. Human-nature relations, which were once so friendly, have been out of whack for decades. These relationships have been violated to the detriment of nature. And the pest of nature is man, which modern times are turning into its enemy. Nature created the rivers, gave them the bed of their journey to the seas, nature built the forest to protect the slopes from the erosion of the rains, but man is treating this nature as if it does not serve him, the human society, but someone else outside the planet . Everyone remembers the floods in Shkodër. And the reason is not that rusty gate that was opened today that should have been opened the day before, but it was our human, state, political irresponsibility towards nature cutting it off. No investment has been made to improve the river beds, which have overflowed due to the flows. It is not invested, not because our citizens do not know, but because that investment does not translate into votes tomorrow, the day after tomorrow. Only where it turns into a vote of power, investments are made.
Why is it that half of Europe is burned by the scorching sun and the other half knows the disaster of apocalyptic floods? We came to the other problem of the world – global warming, which has disrupted all the balances that nature has known how to establish perfectly. And nature knows how to take revenge on humanity. How many thousands of m³ of gases, poisonous fumes are released from our globalized society, how many thousands of m³ of massive glaciers melt and people look up from the sky and believe less and less in God even though they go to church and mosque. And God knows and raises the finger of accusation: man! The great tragedian Sophocles also said this in his tragedy “Antigonus” in the first century before Christ, which I also put as the subtitle of this article. The white papers on which peace is signed may clothe the globe, but rivers of blood have been shed that may flood it. We came to wars, which are not done by dinosaurs, but by states. Everyone has accepted that wars bring death and destruction, that there is nothing to be gained from wars, but it has never been thought of to create that force that can stop them. On the contrary, it seems as if someone is looking for and inciting new foci of war while also finding the reason. “Evil is man’s greatest strength”, says Ničja.
Meetings with handshakes, endless summits one after another, and nothing about the cardiac projects of humanity, seems to be on the horizon of resolution. The big states are armed; meeting for a rearmament, meeting to build an anti-armament shield in Europe that will swallow billions of dollars, while millions of children die every day from diseases that are curable but have no cure. Everyone feels the groans of the world which are becoming centuries old, but little is being done to heal them. Whoever feels these groans consoles himself by whispering: globalism has these. Who feels them, turns his back to the facade, sees God as the reason for the end of the world and with a perverted consciousness asks: where is this crazy world going!? And then he consoles himself by saying; this is how the world has been since its first demiurge (craftsman).
Today, when the whole world is gripped by great crises, when wars are so evident everywhere, human society is afraid of tomorrow, of uncertainty. The 3360-year history of human society has proven this thousands of times. Eight thousand peace treaties have been signed, but the history of the world knows 14,531 wars with over 600 million dead: the First World War over ten million, the Second over 50 million. States have disappeared and been created, emperors and kings have fallen, governments have come and gone: the living did not have time to bury the dead, while wealth was stolen and money poured into the banks. War is costly. In the time of ancient Rome, a soldier cost as much as one dollar, in Bonaparte’s wars it cost $2,000, and an American soldier in Vietnam up to $200,000.
Our society, which is usually called “post-modern”, is going through a moral crisis, which affects all of humanity. Millions seek to arm themselves to defend themselves, while millions more are threatened by the lack of bread of life. Man at war with man, and deciphering the complicated documents of human society is almost impossible. Even the elephants, who have an amazing memory and do not possess the language of understanding, get along with each other, while humanity is perfectly mastering the art of violence, of social conflicts, of hatred. The wisdom of human knowledge has died, everywhere you hear only calls that provoke and incite wars, crusades, while the world urgently requires a spiritual enlightenment, away from neurotic hatred. Marketing is being sold as value, value is brought to life in the packaging and this is where the power lies, and this is how we are managing to fill the soul which, on the other hand, is making the world scary. Thought is being manipulated, it is being cloned, the citizen has been overcome by the illusion of freedom, while the powers, where the falsity is so clearly distinguishable, is making them more monstrous. Understanding, which is the basis of love, is being lost and sin, which is based on curse, is gaining.
Then the question arises: who wants and instigates the war?! The answer is quick: The people… never! Humanity, which with its work has created such high values of citizenship, which has raised the statue of freedom and peace, which has perfected science and technology, which goes into space, is now facing great challenges, which it must afford Otherwise, this society, this globalized world, will one day find itself on the edge of the precipice. Man is pushing him towards it, and man must take him away from there. No one else but man!
/ Veledin Durmishi