What Have We Really Won?

“The Only Thing We Have To Fear is Fear Itself”

1964 – War on Poverty Campaign Announced

1971 – War on Drugs Officially Begins under Nixon

2001 – Invasion of Afghanistan kicks of the “War on Terror”

Since the 1960’s we seem to have become a profoundly unhappy people, constantly focusing on the divisions between us, and too distracted by the flashing lights of corporate media and the consumerist agenda to actually focus on enacting real change in the power structures that govern our lives. Life expectancy is going down in the United States due to what has been called “diseases of despair.” Namely, suicide and drug overdose. As much as mass shootings and other homicides seem to saturate the media, the truth is that far more people kill themselves with guns every year than are murdered. Another leading cause of death is heart disease due to over-eating and sedentary lifestyles. In addition to heart disease, diabetes and other weight-related difficulties abound. Millions of Americans are on anti-depressants. Millions more self-medicate with a plethora of illicit and pharmaceutical drugs. More than 70% of Americans drink alcohol on a regular basis. Addiction to social media and other forms of mindless entertainment has damaged the way we interact and form communities. Half of marriages end in divorce. Many others stay with abusive spouses, hoping it will work. The birth rate is stagnating yet we are trying desperately to keep migrants out. Due to birth control, abortion, and lack of a desire for children, the population continues to age, already there are not enough young people to prop up social security. The stock market is volatile. Americans are incarcerated at a rate that is more than five times what it was in 1972. Homeless populations are at an all time high. Who is winning which war and what are we really fighting?

“that until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned;

that until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation;

that until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes;

that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race;

that until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.”  – His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie

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  1. “This, then, is the ultimate challenge. Where are we to look for our survival, for the answers to the questions which have never before been posed?

    We must look, first, to Almighty God, Who has raised man above the animals and endowed him with intelligence and reason. We must put our faith in Him, that He will not desert us or permit us to destroy humanity which He created in His image.

    And we must look into ourselves, into the depth of our souls. We must become something we have never been and for which our education and experience and environment have ill-prepared us. We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”

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