Things Falling Apart
"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,"
This was Yeats' grim observation of the political scene, after the First World War, captured incisively in the poem The Second Coming.
Unfortunately, these words apply not merely to the political scene but to everything and everywhere. It's all coming to pieces- the world we live in.
There are "weapons of mass destruction" across the continents, and if one is used, another will follow and then no body can stop the devastation.
The economy is getting worse each day. The voracity and corruption at the very roots of economy has reached a scale unimaginable.
The environment is unbalanced. It is all about global warming, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wild fires, earthquakes, Tsunamis, the melting icecaps... and the list goes on.
Does this ring a bell somewhere? We can't just sit back and watch.
It does not require any sixth sense to foresee an immediate future in which the world is hammered by the weather and stumbling from an economic meltdown.
We all thought for years that the future held, although vague, visions of progress and success, and that our problems would be "solved" by science. But now, as it seems, the same science is being held responsible for screwing things. In case of the global warming problem, we may have already done so.
Fortunately, these actions are not irrevocable and can be cured by the actions of man. The predicament of present times from which an escape is not possible apparently, still has a way out left that says "Never lose Hope".
It's just that we need to unite and raise our voice. But the problem does not end here. Rather, it begins here. As "the best lack all conviction", the sensible people are honestly confused. They don't know how to put the pieces of a shaken world back together. And so they are silent.
We don't need someone else to say these things. We can say these ourselves and must, so that the center holds, and things don't fall apart.