“It the end of the world” – Under the Northern Skies

Llorens, one of the world’s best acro-paragliders, has long craved to combine his passion for flying with the famed Northern Lights but the eerie lightshow at the magnetic poles had until now proved an unwilling partner
Llorens, one of the world’s best acro-paragliders, has long craved to combine his passion for flying with the famed Northern Lights but the eerie lightshow at the magnetic poles had until now proved an unwilling partner

THUNDER BAY – So much of our society seems to be obsessed by the end of the world, Armageddon, end of times and the grand finale. There are so many websites and blogs on the internet that are dedicated to this belief and most of them sadly are religious.
I am very tired and fed up with hearing about all kinds of reasons and ways the world will end. Often, many of these people that promote this kind of insanity actually pick dates for our last days. Thankfully, these dates come and go without anything terrible happening to us all.

These kind of prophecies have been going on for centuries and often people believe them and do all kinds of crazy things in fear or with some hope of surviving the apocalypse. It has always been life as normal as the earth spins through space, the sun rises and sets, the moon visits us every night and the stars move by overhead as they have been for all time.

The problem is that today we have the power to actually cause the end of the world. Many countries have nuclear bombs and missiles that if deployed could wipe out our beautiful and fragile planet many times over. There have been accidents and close calls over the past decades that could have meant our extinction on Earth. Somehow, we have managed to be lucky so far.

These days rather than having evolved to a species that promotes and lives in peace we are still acting like a bunch of cave men aggressively fighting over territory and the other tribe’s resources. The thing is that we are not doing it with clubs, bows and arrows or guns but with very powerful missiles and bombs. Countries are playing chicken with each other in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Amazingly and sadly we Canadians are part of this insanity which features the big players like the United States, Russia and China.

Rather than evolving and finding peaceful ways to solve conflicts and share the resources we have on this planet we are attacking, killing and pillaging countries in much the same way we were hundreds of years ago. What the heck is wrong with us?

Are we all that lost that we think this is a good way to manage our planet?

What is behind all of this aggression? It seems to me that the most powerful and greedy of our countries are promoting war all over the world to sell ammunition and make a lot of money. By keeping war alive we feed a huge industry dedicated to the sales of arms world wide. Trillions of dollars are made in the sale of ships, submarines, aircraft, guns and bombs and we always seem to find a way to start a war somewhere. We blame it on religion most of the time because that is an easy one to sell to everyone. However, it seems to me that most of the time it is all about making more money. There seems to be this insane competition by the very rich to bring in more money at all costs. The average person trying to have a life really is of no matter when countries, their leaders and the rich people pulling the strings in the background decide some resource, land or idea is worth having a war over.

The really rich people starting these wars never go to fight in them. Their children and grandchildren never go to war.

However, they reap the benefits of capturing resources and making profits on supplying the war machine. So, if that is the case why don’t we all stand up to this terrible reality and demand that this insanity of war stop? It probably has to do with the fact that the same people that start these wars also control most of the media and rarely question what the rich and powerful do. Our school systems do not question war and how unfair wealth is shared in our world. We graduate thousands of university and college students who are mainly concerned with making lots of money, buying lots of stuff and living a ‘me’ lifestyle. We don’t have a world view. Most of us don’t even know how politics and power are organized and run in our countries. So, in all fairness to the average person, the chips are stacked against us. We are programed very much these days not to be aware of why and how things are happening in our world.

The problem is that if we don’t break out of this fog and become more aware then those insane end of the world promoters will at some point be right. Unfortunately, the end of the world won’t be coming because of some divine reason. It will be because of greed and our refusal to wake up and become aware of how things work. We can do a lot to change the way things are heading. We just have to work together and believe we can do it.

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Under The Northern Sky is the title of a popular Aboriginal news column written by First Nation writer, Xavier Kataquapit, who is originally from Attawapiskat Ontario on the James Bay coast. He has been writing the column since 1997 and it is is published regularly in newspapers across Canada. In addition to working as a First Nation columnist, his writing has been featured on various Canadian radio broadcast programs. Xavier writes about his experiences as a First Nation Cree person. He has provided much insight into the James Bay Cree in regards to his people’s culture and traditions. As a Cree writer, his stories tell of the people on the land in the area of Attawapiskat First Nation were he was born and raised.