Listening to the accounts this week of the catastrophic collapse of the Afghan government, and realizing that this is happening only months after the unprecedented assault on the US capital, and with the announcement that 2021 is now on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, I couldn’t help wondering whether people fully realize that we are doing these things to ourselves.
In 1934, after the election of Hitler in Germany and his almost immediate violent crackdown on unions, political opponents, Jews, etc, psychologist C. G. Jung wrote:
The gigantic catastrophes that threaten us today are not elemental happenings of a physical or biological order, but psychic events. To a quite terrifying degree we are threatened by wars and revolutions which are nothing other than psychic epidemics. …….. Instead of being at the mercy of wild beasts …….. modern man is battered by the elemental forces of his own psyche. This is the world power which vastly exceeds all other powers on earth. The Age of Enlightenment, which stripped …. human nature of the gods, overlooked the God of Terror who dwells in the human soul.
There it is. We’re doing it to ourselves. Why aren’t we talking about that?
In the case of Haiti’s new earthquake, no one is to blame for that, but there will be plenty of blame to go around after the story of the minimal piecemeal strings-attached help they will get as usual is reported.
What we are also not talking about is the need for a world government. How else are we going to coordinate and enforce the actions that will be necessary to curb global warming? Yet it has to be done. And why shouldn’t all people in the world entitled to the real protection of fundamental human rights?
Is this naive? When the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Albert Einstein said publicly that a world government was now necessary. When people told him that he was being naive, he answered, “No, you are naive if you think we can cope in the future without a world government.”
The current state of affairs is proof to me that we need a world government.
In fact, there are elements of a world community already in place. For example, the World Trade Organization (WTO). When Trump started his trade war with China, economists all knew that it was a sham, because all China had to do was file a dispute with the WTO which would inevitably have ruled against the USA, which would then have suffered from sanctions, etc. That is why the USA backed off. The WTO has power.
When it suits them, the business community wants global regulation. When global warming begins to affect profits, watch how fast they move then.
One journalist who has followed Afghanistan for years says young Afghan women who thought they were on their way to becoming doctors and teachers, are now faced with becoming ‘Taliban brides.’ An Afghan man interviewed on CBC radio, who had, with the help of Canadians in Kandahar, hired and trained Afghan women to become police, is now desperate to get his family out of the country.
The Taliban say they are going to respect human rights. It’s not impossible. Historically, over the past thousand years or so, Muslims have a better record on that than Christians.
But when countries don’t respect the rights of their own inhabitants, technically the United Nations should be intervening. It’s charter proposes just that. But because it is hobbled by the veto system in the security council, it is almost useless for this – it needs a complete revamping.
I don’t suggest that the world should not be ruled by the great powers – there is no way you are going to avoid that – they will inevitably be in charge, but they will be obliged to govern responsibly.
If you think that’s unrealistic, read the little book One Hundred Pages for the Future, by the once president of the Club of Rome, Aurelio Peccei. Though it was written in 1981, he explains why it was both feasible and necessary, and beginning to happen, even then. The WTO was created in 1995, but it was preceded by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that was set up in 1948. It wasn’t only Einstein that was convinced by two world wars that we needed a world government.
Isn’t it time for the people of the whole world – us – to wake up and demand world-wide action by a world government that represents everyone?
And no, I’m not being naive. It will happen, sooner or later.