A Brave New World
We are entering 2018! What can we expect this year to offer us?
We are entering 2018! What can we expect this year to offer us? Well, thanks to the right wing swing of the 2016 elections many people woke up in 2017, in perhaps unexpected ways. The US has already elected more gays, transvestites, transgender, women, minorities and liberal reformers into office than in any previous year. We are strongly re-examining our role in the world and how much the US should indulge and support corporations, the wealthy and profits vs. how much we should support the disenfranchised, the poor, new immigrants and a just social safety net. Gender equality has come under an unpreceded scrutiny. More powerful men stepped down, or were fired from their positions, due to sexual harassment charges than ever before. Charlottesville became world famous as a city which will not tolerate hate and racial discrimination. The gap between employed, black adults and white adults lessened, and is now closer than it has ever been – 58% of blacks are employed and 61% of whites.
We also know that, in recent years, the life span for most people on an average has increased. Charitable contributions have increased. Cheap energy is more available. Fast affordable internet has increased. More people, than in recent decades, work at home. Transportation on average has become cheaper and safer, and violence beyond wars has declined sharply the last decades.
On the other hand, in 2017 the American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 76 Indian Country jails, as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the US territories. We have a higher percentage of our population incarcerated than any other country. Will 2018 be the beginning of a change to this damaging situation?
Presently the US citizens are mostly aware that this country is at war or militarily involved in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria. But, most people do not realize we have military stationed in 129 other countries. Will 2018 be the year when protests are starting to really take off?
Weather-wise the US has had more damaging hurricanes and wild fires then ever in recorded history. Will this situation become even worse in the years to come?
In Virginia, on December 7th, 2017, Virginia’s Water Control Board has issued a certification for a proposed natural gas pipeline that will run through six counties in the state. Does this mean the pipeline will be built in 2018? Can’t we stop this?
Also in Virginia, new toll road expansion plans that are said to be lowering congestion during rush hour seem to be insensitive to those commuting to minimum pay jobs. The lanes will operate similarly to those on the Capital Beltway, where tolls fluctuate based on the level of traffic congestion. One morning in December 2017, the cost to travel 60 miles was $40. The state plans to expand this toll road model through out the state in 2018. Isn’t there a better way?
The population in Virginia has increased between 40 and 50 thousand people every year for the recent three years. This is predicted to continue in 2018. What are we changing to accommodate these increases?
It seems that the world is on a rollercoaster ride of possibilities both for better things than ever before and worse things than ever before. To paraphrase Charles Dickens, these are the best of times and the worst of times. I have spoken in recent editorials about how important I believe it is how we focus our thoughts. That makes the major difference in our personal futures and the quality of our lives. The people who miraculously survived the Nazi concentration camps and many external horrible situations, were usually those who held a dream and a vision with passion.
I am not a prophet, nor a gifted physic, but I think we all have the ability to listen to our inner knowing, as my friend, Frank DeMarco, states in his article this issue. Sofia’s interview this issue with Little Grandmother is inspirational. Little Grandmother has keys to offer all of us on how we must find our path and our passions and follow them no matter what! Linnea Star, who recently came to Virginia and impressed many with her mediumship, writes about Saint Katharine Drexel this issue. Saint Katharine dedicated her life to helping the disenfranchised in Virginia and across the US. We can all co-create the future. As Wes (Scoop) Niske once said, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make your own.” Let’s all work harder than ever to co-create the future we want most. Happy New Year for all of us!