“I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.”
I read Lord of the Flies by William Golding decades ago on my own volition, not because I was so interested in a story about a group of British schoolboys stuck on an uninhabited island, but rather to find out why on earth anyone would want to be the ruler of flies! (I was about 12 when I read the book. At that age you take things quite literally until you can discern otherwise.)
After finishing the book — which dealt with these proper little English gentlemen being swallowed up whole by their own, possibly innate, savagery — a whole new vein of questions arose;
“Why would anyone want to be the ruler of such a wretched, degenerate congregation.
“Was there ever a chance that the boys could have chosen to remain civilized and continue on at the island, using humane and lawful practices to address their many issues?
“Is our propensity for cruelty and violence towards one another an innate trait or a learned one?
“Would the presence of girls or women on the island have neutralized, somewhat, the boys’ degeneration into savagery?”
“What are the qualifiers people feed themselves once they realize that they want to rule over others, especially when they consider those ‘others’ to be inferior?”
“If left up to our own devices, do we as humans have the propensity to actually obliterate ourselves from the planet with little regard for our lives and others?
There are no real, infallible answers to any of these questions, IMHO. All we can hope to know for sure is what we feel are our own personal truths.
Some would believe that in this world, there is a pervasive presence in charge of the stewardship of the planet. That major events and happenings are being triggered around the world to bring about an advantageous outcome for a minor group of the most rich and powerful among us.
Some will say we are in the midst of a politically motivated New World Order, while others claim this is the prophesied times of Armageddon or The Apocalypse. Still others believe that we are in an alien fueled “Age of Aquarius” invasion of some kind. But how can we ever know any of this for sure?
I do think it’s safe to say that what the majority of people around the world really want is peace, prosperity, love and freedom. If it’s the will of the people — the majority of us — that truly has a say in how our countries are run, we’d all be enjoying various states of a Utopian existence right now, it having prevailed centuries long before this one. So, the will of the people is not being adhered to, at all.
Our political representatives buzz around like flies on a rotting carcass, attempting to appeal to our government heads-of-state on our behalf, but with every election cycle they seem to be less and less effective.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know nothin’ ’bout rulin’ no nation. I would think the position would require an awful lot of on-the-job-training for things to get to the point where everybody’s happy. So, perhaps what looks, feels and smells like the world’s descent into chaos and brutality is simply a cycle that all nations on all worlds must inevitably go through — their rise, followed by an almost inevitable fall, followed by a slow, agonizing ascent, once again.
Brace yourselves Pilgrims.