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The era of the good life

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We are at a turning point. There is coming an era where people all over the world will have a pleasant life. All children, girls and boys, will go to excellent schools. This will also be the case in the Middle East, in black Africa and in other continents where there is still much misery. In every region there will be good medical facilities accessible to all. There will be sufficient employment. Men will be good stewards of nature. Crime will fall even more. The political leaders will ensure an equitable distribution of wealth.

There is now a turning point in reaching this goal. Humanity is faced with major challenges that should lead to radical changes in our behaviour. How will we deal with the consequences of climate change and how can further increase in temperature be prevented? How will we learn to manage pandemics? How can the explosion in the number of refugees and immigrants end? How can the unimaginable arms race be stopped? All these challenges can easily lead to a war of all against all. To civil wars between different ethnic groups or between countries.

People will become aware that tensions are escalating to such an extent that the destruction of the planet is possible. It is no longer about local conflicts. It is a global problem. The global pandemic is a wake-up call, because if the approach is insufficient in one continent, the pandemic will never end. Due to the gravity of the situation, people will not take a wait-and-see attitude and leave policy to politicians or at worst to populists and dictators. Fortunately, most people are of good will and strive for justice in the world for all people. That applies to 85 percent of people of all ethnicities and races. We can also pin our hopes on the equal distribution of talents and intelligence among all races and ethnic groups; if there are differences now, this is a result of historical, economic, social and pedagogical circumstances. Those conditions can be addressed.

An era where all people live a pleasant life is possible. The challenges of this century will force us to show solidarity with each other. The more difficult the circumstances become, the people are able to adapt. Connectedness and solidarity are the keywords for the new era. That connection and solidarity begins in the family, the wider family, the people with whom we feel connected by a common history and culture. There will be no immigrants because everyone takes responsibility for their compatriots. Immigrants will return en masse to their countries of origin and receive solidarity support from the richer countries.

Adapting to the challenges of this century will lead to a sharp reduction in consumption, materialism, travel back and forth, industrial production, transport. Instead, more attention will be given to social life, to good stewardship of nature, to healthy food, to the restoration of landscapes and good heritage management. In the coming age, people will find that they lead a more meaningful life. The strong connection with each other will benefit the psychological health of all.

This is a repeat of the story of the Flood and of the Tower of Babel. The Deluge are the consequences of climate change and Noah, who survived the Deluge with his family and with a pair of each animal, stands for family and family life that will recover and for the good management of nature. The Tower of Babel represents the chaos that is now arising and is getting worse, so that all peoples return to their countries of origin to build a new future there. Wisdom from thousands of years ago is becoming reality again.

Despite all the misery that lies ahead, there is reason for optimism. The absolute majority of people of all races and ethnic groups are of good will and will take matters into their own hands. A global movement of solidarity and connectedness is imminent.

The usefulness of disasters

Popular life in urban districts has almost completely disappeared as a result of mass immigration. The villages will follow. As a result, the connection is lost and the foundation of a healthy society is affected. The mass immigration is doing enormous damage and all to serve the economy. The politicians cannot see this. Whoever acts against it is damned. Even human rights are abused for this. It looks pretty hopeless. That's why I think it's useful for major disasters to come, although it's a shame that it has to happen that way. The Bible gives me hope: I have previously compared the current developments with the Flood and the chaos of the Tower of Babel. After those disasters came a turning point.

How that will play out is still a mystery. In any case, the corona pandemic is a disaster that unexpectedly took us by surprise. The effects of climate change do not seem to wake up the world's population for the time being, although floods, hurricanes and fires wreak havoc on entire communities. Apparently it should get worse. Will there be a virus variant that will wipe out millions? Will the vaccinations lead to unexpected and frightening side effects? Is the heat becoming unbearable in some countries, triggering a refugee influx of tens of millions? Or is an entire continent being ravaged by a prolonged drought? This is all difficult to predict, but it is clear that in this century it will get worse.

In these difficult times, humanity can best respond to a positive sound. It's pretty simple: we need to get back to normal life, this is in the family, the wider family, the people with whom we share centuries of history. If the people give this priority, there will be enough peoples who can share their prosperity with those who are in trouble. The principle is: to nurture the national feeling to be able to show solidarity with the rest of the world.

The pessimistic note here is that it is precisely the family that is undermined, as well as the pride in one's own history and civilization. Those who cooperate in this fulfill, without realizing it, the commission of satan. For that reason a Flood is needed and we end up in the Tower of Babel.

juliaan van acker (July, 28th, 2021)

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