We Need a New Era
by Scott Hughes
The yew year comes whether we want it to or not. Without fail every year, all of us a year older celebrate the coming of a new year on New Years Day, and we wish ourselves a good year.
What’s so new about it, though?
As we close this year and tally up the millions of children who died of hunger, I have no doubt that millions more will die next year. In the so-called new year, AIDS will continue to spread. In the so-called new year, we will still blow ourselves up with bombs, missiles and other weapons, instead of building schools and educating the children. The new year will still deprive billions of innocent people the opportunity to gain healthcare, education, food, and employment.
I see nothing new about the coming year. I see the same traits in the coming year as the past year, and all the years before that. I see the same pain, hunger, poverty, disease, and unhappiness. I see the same neglectful and apathetic public. I see the same non-meritocratic social inequality. I see the same prevalence of coercion, violence, hate, and loneliness. I see the same deficit of cooperation, love, and solidarity.
The United States government will still put the majority of its funds – stolen through taxation – towards Pentagon spending. Mega-corporations will still use politicians to oppress the masses, and the masses will continue to let it happen. The prison-industrial complex will still ensure that millions of poor and working-class people will still rot in prison – many for “victimless crimes”. Instead of changing the world and bettering their own lives, the working-class and the general public will continue to squander their power and indulge in self-destructive and short-sighted vices.
Consumers will still buy the petty material things from the malls and shops, as directed from TV commercials and billboards. We will still take drugs – both legal and illegal. We will still eat unhealthy and addictive foods, as we grow fat and depressed in front of the same television that brainwashes us into doing it.
We won’t better our lives by bettering the world in 2007. We will continue to make the few rich and powerful people in this corrupt world richer and more powerful, at our expense. We will buy fast-food, cigarettes and beer, and fancy cars, houses, and clothes on credit. We will still neglect our kids.
We don’t need a new year, we need a new era! We need a new era in which no child goes hungry, and no child lives in poverty. We need a new era in which all people have access to education and socioeconomic opportunity. We need a new era in which healthcare is everywhere and homelessness is nowhere. We need a new era in which HIV and AIDS no longer spreads. We need a loving and happy era.
We can celebrate the beginning of the new calendar one day every year, but we also need to change the world and make both the world and our lives permanently better.
A new year will come whether we want it to or not, but a new era will only come if we make it.
Let’s make a new era. Let’s get motivated and use love, patience, and dedication to create non-governmental organizations based on voluntary solidarity and voluntary cooperation to solve the many problems facing us and our world.
Let’s change the number of the year tonight, and change the world tomorrow.