If we examine the issues of war, politics and peace, we once again receive a failing grade. There are hundreds of wars in progress, terrorism is alive and well, genocide has been ignored, the Middle East, Iran, Iraq, N. Korea and many African nations are a mess, and there appears to be little progress in establishing peace among nations. Government corruption is forever in the news, and nations just do not appear to be able to work in concert on any major global issue. Nationalism is on the rise, and clashes of cultures flare as people have increased their mobility. There is a rise in fringe and extremist groups and gaps between rich and poor continue to widen.
Religion and science are interesting topics in this grading system. On the one hand, religions are in turmoil, and there is growing strife within and between organized religions. On the other hand, there is a continued growth in spirituality that embraces humanity’s unity and oneness. With respect to science, it is still at odds with most religions, but the spirituality gap is closing. By science, I do not mean new gadgets or technologies, but rather the progress in quantum physics regarding the nature of the universe. The gap between the scientist and the mystic is narrowing, and a more unified theory of being is at hand. Unfortunately, because religions are still powerful and play a lead role in the politics of many nations, we have to assign a failing grade here as well.
Clearly, more topics could be covered. Education, the role of the family, equality among races and other social concerns have seen some progress, but again, the problems are still growing, and solutions are few and far between. Humanity, like Scrooge, stands before its grave. The ghost before us is all of the prophets who have pointed to this time of change. What is different now from times past is that every aspect of our existence on the planet is in turmoil. We have had economic problems in the past. We have seen many great wars. There has been religious strife. We have had mini ice ages, periods of drought and severe weather. The difference is that all of these things are happening at once, and not over scattered periods of time. Add to all of this the great unknown of our solar systems alignment with the galactic core, polarity shift (which appears to have started), and things like the solar maximum for sunspots, and the plot grows even thicker. So once again,
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me."
There is a time factor to consider in Scrooge's plea. Even if we depart, and I have shown we have not, from our courses, certain ends will result. The seers of days past saw the path we were on. They took us to the stone and pointed the way to change. Truly, if we change our course, the ends will be altered. But is anyone listening? At this point, 2012 looks to be a raucous time.