I do my best to keep the hysteria at bay faced with the American election, the French equivalent next year and Brexit. Conspiracy theorists and fundamentalist Christians love to produce videos telling us that the end is nigh due to World War 3. Much as we brush off the rubbish, we are left with the feeling that there is no smoke without fire somewhere.
I find it hard to believe that history is at an end with a world order in place to vindicate the idea that might is right and the strongest have evolved into the Ubermensch of Nietzsche. Here is a Russian Orthodox point of view by an English priest of that Church – The End of the New World Order.
I do remember перестройка and гласность. I was at university at the time, thirty years old and ever looking for new hope in our world, not just for myself but also for future generations. It was the implosion of Soviet Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. A friend came knocking on the door of my room shortly before Christmas 1989 and told me that the Berlin Wall was down. I thought it was a joke, since I had been brought up to believe that the Communist world was eternal and invincible. The Cold War was over.
It now seems to be our turn to hope for light and change from the sinister forces governing the west and causing so much mayhem in the Middle-East, forcing so many people to seek asylum in western Europe. Perhaps another Empire is set to topple. Something is about to change. We can only hope and pray it does before someone pushes the nuclear button!
If there is a war, it will not be a just war. Our own countries would be the war criminals and perpetrators of crimes against humanity, not Russia. I have my reserves about Putin but even more about those who are portraying him as some kind of “new Hitler”.
Will there be a great Monarch to save us all? I read many things about kings of France springing up out of nowhere. The narrative seems to be naive and inspired by fairy tales, but Jung might have seen an archetype in the collective consciousness. I know that Putin would like to bring back the Monarchy in Russia. Perhaps that land is blessed by God. We keep hoping and seeking, perhaps something that will never be of this world.
In history, there are peaceful and good periods, and times of war and tyranny. This has been the lot of humanity right back to the beginning. Whatever happens, we have to have hope…