Obama, the US and why a constructed reality never leads the right way out

As the battle against IS was a welcomed invitation for everyone to do what they are best at, namely to step in too late and to fight with physical power rather than intelligence, so was the intervention timely for the US and Obama. Rather than addressing the root of the problem it is leading a way forward that will once more end in a dead-end.

History is repeating itself. Boom and bust cycles belong to it as much as the created battle fields that help to divert attention from far more serious problems. Over the past few months the once so popular Obama has manoeuvred himself into a situation that had no other way out but a big leap forward. The big question only was “how far did he need to jump?” considering all the domestic shit that is about to hit the fan. Times are so bad that not even old friends from the Bretton Woods clan seem to know a way out. Well, how could the same old Keynesian logic help to address racial challenges that reflect deeper problems than a weak economy?

The Middle East, long ignored by the international community, has repeatedly been a merciful patient when the best experts failed to identify where exactly the bandage was leaking while the wounds growing bigger and bigger. Islamic extremists make the perfect partner. How about Islam in general? Right, “it is a problem as such, not just a religion” find some of the most blinded representatives of the international community. How easy it is to find a scapegoat for world problems!
Luckily we could all so easily forget that the Catholic Church has tortured and slaughtered millions of people over centuries, abused children and committed many more crimes. What makes it different from Islam is only the fact that the Holy See is a bit better organized and, due to the pope, probably disposes of direct web-access to the almighty himself – a big advantage these days.

communication

“Talking is the start of all communication ” [Source unknown]

Communication experts, de-escalation specialists and people involved in social challenges have known for decades what is a natural habit to human beings and what can be read in books provided by writers such as Watzlawick: nobody would kill their neighbour for latter to park their car in front of one’s house, as long as we try speaking to each other early enough. Terror experts, however, know that this is exactly not the case with terrorists. If nobody gives you the chance to express your frustration and instead, isolates you further and further from participation, then eventually the only voice left is that of brutality.

We can fight many more wars in the Middle East, and if led by the US, they will likely help strengthening the greenback temporarily (before international investors will pay for its repeated fall). However, the challenge in the Arabic world will not be solved until we make the claim of “Sustainable Development” real and learn to consult the public(s), that is, all communities around the globe. A population kept out from participation in the global community by force can but lead to terror and dead. Integrating it in a broader vision could not only bring peace but also a solution for the oh-so-stuck and grey-haired Bretton Woods group. There is a big chance that young people not yet infected by outdated concepts of “growth” measure (i.e. GDP) would also come up with solutions for the so far unfulfilled promises of intragenerational and intergenerational equity contained in the all-too-often claimed sustainable development concept. Clear is that blind leaps forward will most unlikely lead to long-term stability.

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Born in 1973 in a small village in rural Switzerland and into a society largely dominated by cows (not only was the human population of one-hundred-and-forty outnumbered by them, but politics driven by unreasonable subsidies for diary products) I was connected with nature from early age on. Observing nature on one hand and the deficiencies of a dysfunctional Swiss agricultural policy with farmers that had lost connection to the land that provided their income on the other, I soon started to question society and the meaning of life. Suffering also under a farcical public education I developed curiosity to discover on my own. That was how I soon learned that little of what I had been taught was true. Skepticism and interaction with people from for me new cultures fostered my interest for the world and eagerness to leave a life shaped by federalistic layman-ship. At the age of twenty-three I hit the road for the first time, an event that later translated into passion. Traveling between cultures has since become part of my life. At the age of thirty-three I finally realized my dream and did a degree in Environmental Engineering from which I graduated in 2009, only to leave Switzerland once more for my "real home" Spain. Unfortunately, the stay was a short one: a couple of months later I was offered a job in Southeast Asia, where I worked and also lived (with some interruptions, e.g. I live in Melbourne since late 2012) ever since. Having worked for a Japanese company earlier in my life, I soon felt captured again by Asian culture and thinking which makes a lovely contrast to my European heritage. My journey through different countries and cultures has taught me that regardless of how different our thinking and values are, no matter what approaches we take, we all can learn from each other. And if we are open enough to see the common instead of pointing out the differences, then we have a chance to live in harmony and peace: Life is all about integration, not exclusion! It's an old wisdom that "knowledge is power", as such I never get tired of being around new people, having interesting talks, and reading lots of good books. I hope that my blog can contribute to the conversation.
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