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Isn’t it such a relief when we are faced with people who are not afraid to tell us the truth?

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“So where do we go from here?” asks Max Roytenberg. “Is this our world going forward, dog eat dog and devil take the hindmost?” (Photo: yourleadershipjourney.net)

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I don’t know about you, but it’s getting me down. We know that we are on the right track with how we think about the world. We know politicians are supposed to express the will of their constituents although we see in so many places that it doesn’t happen. We know that leaders are supposed to behave in such a way as to support the weak and helpless, and to persuade the strong that they should do so too. That’s why they are leaders. So why do so many seem to do the opposite?

We know that those we have chosen to represent us must always tell us the truth because we have chosen them to be our eyes and ears. So why is the truth too often hidden from us in preference for lies that hurt us and our institutions? How can we maintain our faith in our institutions in the face of all this?

Isn’t it such a relief when we are faced with people who are not afraid to tell us the truth? Why is it such a rarity when the person in whom we entrusted our vote does the right thing, and we say a heartfelt thank you, and they say “you’re welcome!” Because it is our right!

So many of the welcomes we are facing are those that are like a slap in the face, a punch in the gut, a dagger in the heart.  People among us are being murdered in the street and those with powers we have granted them, huddle and hide when evil is the order of the day, acting as if we are deaf, dumb and blind. Justice denied and we are expected to go quietly. The racism and extremism being exhibited is labelled as a tourist outing. What is the message being sent to racists and extremists here in the cradle of Democracy?

Rockets and missiles assailing civilian populations are being justified at the heart of the planet’s most advanced civilization, with efforts at defense blindly condemned by governments. These were countries utterly devastated by war raised from the ashes after experiencing such travail. Yet they refuse to recognize where the inhumanity is inherent.

To those who are the victims on both sides, they say “you’re welcome”, while no effective word of censure is directed at the perpetrators. Why are nations not lining up to seek measures to end a terrorist tyranny that is being widely condoned? We see it now in Gaza, in Lebanon, in Syria, and very soon in Afghanistan.

Yazidis in Iraq, Uighars in China, unfortunates in Myanmar, Russian aggression in the Ukraine, starvation in Yemen under Houthi administration, all are evidence of the failure of our international institutions to mediate the world’s trouble spots in ways that was briefly possible at an earlier time when America’s power was supreme.

Pax Americanus is dead and the world is the poorer for that.

The disunity in America does not bode well for a better future. Who do we thank for this? Who will say, for your many sins, you are welcome?

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So where do we go from here? Is this our world going forward, dog eat dog and devil take the hindmost? This is the world we are leaving to our children, deficits and disaster. When kids studying at Harvard don’t even know what NATO stands for, can we hope they will smell the smoke rising from the fires around them? Whose children will put out the fires of ultranationalism when their parents are in the streets preaching white supremacy.

There are plenty of bogeymen arising around us to encourage our young to build walls instead of an international community.

Can the Chinese get over their well-founded grudges long enough to appreciate they need a functioning world order that works for everybody, for their own sake? Can we find the resources to help India help itself? Can we find the resources to give Africa a leg up? What will Asia do if the industrial countries decide international trade is no substitute for building expensive jobs at home? China is already switching to a greater reliance on its domestic economy, following the U.S. model.

Lots of people are wondering whether democracy is the best way of running a country. Notwithstanding Biden’s enthusiasm, the American model is not looking so good these days.

Welcome to the fractious world our children are inheriting.

Max Roytenberg is an author, poet and blogger, with many published articles in Jewish periodicals in Dublin, New York, Winnipeg and Vancouver. After a career as an Economist and Executive in the Food Industry, in Canada and abroad, he writes, and lives with his Bride, in Vancouver. He has children and grandchildren in the US, Canada, China and Israel. His last book, “Hero In My Own Eyes”, is available through major booksellers and on Amazon.

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