The economic world is at a virtual collapse and though it may have been propped up by a walking stick, money is still hard to come by, as are jobs. Sure, there is a vast majority who has a job, but all of them are thankful for it. We all know someone personally who has lost a job in the recent past, and that is a reality our parents did not experience.
The political world is - well, almost non existent. Our leaders are either people with zero experience, chosen to lead because the other alternative was scary. Like, for example, in India.Those who care about making a place for themselves in politics are decades old, withered and on the verge of collapse - not just physically, but also in their mental faculties.Forget changing the country, it would be an ordeal to see them uphold what we had for the past few years. The younger ones are too highly influenced and under the thumb of parent to make any difference to how the country runs. An open economy, fierce competition and really bad leadership - a broth that can make anyone feel ill. The election results are a mystery - but there seems to be no hope. One worse than the other.
Socially, the world seems to be battling away to keep faith. Because when there is no money and no social security, people turn to Gods. And what Gods. Talibans making headway everywhere, with their unbalanced view on humanity. Christians up in arms about simple things like salt and evolution. And in India, so-called Hindus trying to convert it into something the faith never was suposed to be. The only religion in the world where the Gods drink, have consorts and allow lies (if the truth hurts someone you love, tell a white lie), has been twisted in the hands of frustrated groups calling themselves 'Ram Sena' and the likes into a violent, regressing, Taliban-ish version which has imposed the purdah of fear on women in their cities.
As work reduces and money dwindles the power of brawn rises, so does the ego and ergo there are more cases of robbery, murder, rape. Not a day goes by without a news of gang rape, a woman killed, forced incest, murder, dacoity. When we study History, we read of the Dark Ages - when money was less, crime was high and power was in the hands of a select few while religion swayed the public mind. And though the European Dark Ages are popular, there was one in every part of the world.
Is it much different now?
Are we entering another Dark Ages? Or are we already in it? Things really are as bad as they look. See no further than your private sphere - where those who hold power use it ruthlessly - like the employers, the local politicians and rule makers, and religious heads, and the inordinate power and addiction to the Media.
Perhaps it all comes from a weak economic condition. If so, things can improve in a year or so. However, something makes me feel this is not so simple. Not with terrorist strikes, flaunting of nuclear warheads, decreasing resources to share, increasing population, and skewed religious beliefs.