Hubris is the slayer of king and empire.
The rapid spread of hubristic stupidity like a horrible cancer across all levels of this globe fills me with dread for what the future will hold. Examples…
Regardless of the for or against arguments for separation from a nation state, a people in a democracy have a right to debate and vote upon their aspirations, but the government of Spain denies those people the right of referendum on Catalonia. Spain prefers to send in the police to crush the vote, turning off the internet, confiscating ballot boxes, firing rubber bullets at the voters leaving hundreds injured. Perhaps the Spanish government will stop this referendum, but their hubristic action as history shows will now strengthen the desire of a region to have their voice and leave Spain.
Trees in Sheffield
The Sheffield City Council outsourced maintenance of the city trees to international corporation Amey. With profit in mind the council and Amey have cut down thousands of healthy trees, using police, the courts and security guards to crush any local opposition. In a time when climate change is evidently a cause of serious concern, the cutting down trees and denying local people any say in their own community desire to keep those trees, goes against reason. Trees are a primary tool to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, and they take over a hundred years to grow. On all levels trees offer benefits to a healthy community, be it against flooding, offering quality oxygen, to giving shelter from rain and sun.
Trump and Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a territory of the USA, a large part of the population are homeless, without electricity or clean water, taking many months to restore. The population and their leaders quite rightly complain that Trump has failed to address their need in an effective manner, and the Trump response is to attack them rather than listen to their needs.
Whilst I recognise Google is a business and has a priority to address advertiser needs, the level of their censorship is apparently extreme. Google has gone so far as removed content they deem no longer advertiser friendly from their search engine listings, which now includes non-offensive videos from my friend Jeremy Crow on LHP philosophy. Google faces the possibility that if it cuts too much away from the bone, it will have nothing left worth linking advertising to, including driving away the potential users who would read that advertising.
Prime minister May and young people
The UK Prime minister May seeks to bribe young people into supporting her by restoring grants, eliminating or reducing tuition fees, and dealing with existing student debt. However, firstly young people are not so gullible, nor does a bland robot like May have much pulling power over Corbyn when it comes to youthful loyalties. Nor does it make economic sense to undo the present tuition fee position, since there is no money to pay for all this.
Hubristic stupidity has always existed, but at this moment, it has become too common and too widespread. With hubris comes disaster, and globally the situation looks dire.