Friday, January 24, 2014

Crazy Weather, Hope not the people too.

frozen Lake Michiganeven the sphinx's not spared We've read about the weather going crazy in many places in the world. Snow is falling like crazy in certain parts of the US, UK and China. Rivers and Lakes including the mighty Niagara and the great Lake Michigan are freezing. We might have river of ice entering certain towns or cities. Snow has fallen in some part of Egypt, the Philippines and, even Indonesia? The temperature in certain parts of the northern coast of Malaysia has dropped to 17 degrees Celsius.That's cold for an equitorial country used to a temperature of 30-38 degrees.
snow in Indonesia?

What's going on? Is this the very early sign of a new Ice Age with the Poles shifting position as some people say? Or is doomsday approaching?

What's more disturbing is the virulent changes in the political climate in many countries especially in the middle and far east - Eqypt, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bangkok etc. People just seem to have become so belligerent towards fellow citizens who don't share their political sentiments, support other candidates other than theirs in the election, hold different convictions on how to run the government, hold different views in religion, support different masters or accept different countries as their saviour. People resorted to violence and killed each other without compunction or compassion. Peaceful negotiation and brotherly compromise seemed to have been thrown to the dogs. Everyone seemed to be getting at someone
else's throat.

What's going on with the world?There seemed to be so much hatred and frustrations, that people are willing to kill their own kind (hopefully not their kith and kin) to get what they want, especially when they have been in power for some time. or a long time and people want a change. And yet we say that people are now more educated, more sophisticated and more mature in their views and thoughts. I sometimes see the people in a country warring and killing each other as half-witted children who just like to vent their anger on those who don't accept them as friends.

A very interesting question to ask is: to what extent has the what may be called the "democratic liberators" of the world helped to bring about order and peace to these troubled countries, especially where they intervened directly. Are the countries they had liberated and democratised more peaceful and progressive than before? Or are they worse of? The world can surely judge for itself but how can you judge the judges? Thet's another great craziness that I see affecting the people of the world today.


kaykuala said...

Akhi Norzah,
The more unstable they are the more vulnerable they will be. There are reasons to make a country unstable. Plainly it is to serve the interests of certain groups. However much we reason out the ideals of democracy being threatened the country in question will already be teetering. Pity!
Well written Akhi!


norzah said...

Thanks for the comment, Akhi Hank. I'm still trying hard to steer away from political issues since there's too much of politicking already in this country. But whatever problem we look at, politics or politicians are involved. WE just don't seem to be able to disentangle ourselves from politics in pushing forward towards transformation and progress.