There is a crisis unfolding. To most people there is one crisis or another that is at the forefront of their mind. It could the the Trump presidency, it might be Brexit, maybe it’s North Korea and their increased nuclear threat, it could be the Catalonia separatist movement or Russsias interference (to put it lightly) in Ukraine.
One thing is for sure, there is crisis in nearly every part of the world at this point in time and everyone seems to be engaged in it one way or another. There seems to be no common foe, no united consensus on what crisis is more important or who the real threat is.
The common thread is that none of us are united against any threat whatsoever. We are all combating against one another on every issue. The guiding principles that once unified us as countrymen and nations now seem to be under attack themselves and our inability to unite is tearing us asunder.
Once upon a time there was world with varying ideologies, where nations united together under these principles to ensure their continued prosperity. These ideologies were pursued for the benefit of everyone else and sometimes lead to war or conflict to either enforce upon or liberate from the opposing ideology. There were many cases when the world seemed doomed. This is, however, starkly different from the world we see today.
The threat is now coming from within and it is far easier to overcome an external foe than an internal one. For various reasons this shift from external to internal has occurred; advances in technology, cultural change, economic strife.
We don’t have conversations anymore, instead we have arguments, or we shut down the conversation altogether. I am right and you are wrong. We’re willfully ignorant and blind.
The reasons are many, but the result will be the same, we will see the collapse of the western world if we continue down this path. Separatist movements are on the rise and growing in strength; from Brexit to Catalonia, to California, to Western Canada. National debt per capita is increasing in almost every developed nation and pushing them further towards bankruptcy. The common man feels entitled to take from another to give to himself.
This is the crux of the problem: no one sees it coming because they’re all looking at themselves.