Even the most casual observer of the nations will acknowledge there is a heightened level of global unrest. The level of uneasiness is fueled by the dangers of COVID-19, and these dangers go beyond the pandemic itself, as more and more states tighten their grip on their citizenry. The vice-like controls are taking their toll. The tension is obvious, but where will the unrest take us?
The Political Side
With the rise of the Coronavirus, suspicions about the role of China in its creation mount. The World Health Organization continues its loyalist campaign designed to exonerate China. Critics are not buying the propaganda. Politically, China is an untrusted source. Its global ambitions give cause for concern.
Equally intriguing is the manifest iron-fisted reach of European states, as leaders continue to lockdown the masses. There is overstep in these actions, as seen in the dictatorial mandates of America’s liberal state Governors, many of whom have upended freedoms, closed house of worship, and destroyed small entrepreneurial businesses.
The political die of unrest is creating economic hardships, emotional distress, and large-scale nervousness about the world’s direction. Hong Kong and Taiwan have been targeted for CCP control for decades. Now, it appears, China has a smokescreen, blocking world view and criticism of its oppressive acts.
Nations, run by insecure political personalities, are flexing a lot of muscle as they demand compliance under the guise of protecting their respective populations. We are a long way from the far end of this oppressive tunnel.
The Social Side
Upheaval, when married to government tyranny and political mischief, is a fertile breeding ground for accelerated social discord. We have seen it on the streets of Hong Kong, Seattle, Portland, Moscow, and London. People are not happy. Social unrest is the product of unreasonable political dictates.
This social unrest is reflected in the arts, science, education, religion, law, and politics. Western Europe, now largely unrecognizable when compared to the post-WWII decades, is flaring up. Animosity abounds, fed by a sense of heightened class tensions is but a symptom of acceleration of neo-social diseases, which, if left to itself, will eventuate into a rapid social breakdown of the once trust fabric of society.
It’s incongruous to think, and history teaches us that social order is sustainable only with a corresponding level of predictable continuity of life.
The simple notions of dining out, enjoying holiday travel, sporting events, a stroll in the park, childhood sports, or attending worship services become powder kegs when denied to citizens. These seemingly simple life freedoms become explosive sources of discomfort when denied in bulk.
The Personal Side
Protracted personal isolation is its own source of illness. Simple human interaction, a handshake, a hug, a pat on the back, a kiss on the cheek, love-making, holding, and a host of other once delicate human interactions are being wiped from existence.
The personal side of this singular set of emotional brackets in a larger, more complex formula known as life, is an equation for individual sanity. Collectively, the removal of kindness and personal intimacy feeds into the larger more volatile social intricacies and political determinations that can create unrest of stability.
One example of this phenomenon is the closure of schools. It isn’t the academic denial that threatens personal stability, it’s the cutoff of personal interactions students would otherwise have with both educators and fellow students. Elementary, college, and university cultures are disrupted, taking a personal toll on people.
Ours is an internationally digitized existence, globally and close to home. Yet, we must acknowledge our global interconnectivity is no replacement for close, personal interactions that eventuate into stable individuals, families, communities, and governments.
Where is all this unrest taking us? What forms of anxiety will permeate politics, social order, and interpersonal relationships for the next generation?
Global unrest is the product of political machinations, social disorder, and the denial of personal interactions. In such a climate, tensions escalate easily, ramping up to their highest levels before brakes can be applied.
We should remind ourselves that all of the major global conflagrations that stand as scars on the landscape of history found their rationale in such a climate as this.