I’ve been having this conversation with myself, and with others and it is my current world view. It’s very hard to see macro trends because they are emerging everywhere, concurrently, and it’s impossible to tell which one will “stick”. So I’m going to boldly identify one that I see right now, and proclaim that it will stick. Mark my words!
I don’t think it’s controversial, or hard to understand, but it will bring up emotions in everyone. Here are some bullets that I am using as inputs, then I’ll connect the dots:
- Georgetown University
Obama was a movement because we elected an African American president (check the birth certificate Trump). It was amazing to be here during that period. It was a point at which a lot of American history was unwound, reevaluated, and we came to terms with a big chunk of it. It was not a final step (Michael Brown…) but it provoked key steps (try to ignore the dehumanizing title of the article).
DNA is history in our bodies, as more and more people submit their DNA to genealogy mining, the history of our origins, migrations and commonality will be revealed. This will help people realize that all people’s are in their background, racism will slowly disappear…slowly…and some will fight to keep their place at the top of the hierarchy…
Which gets us to Trump, taken in context he is a leaf on an tsunami of history. A history that DNA will rewrite and bring us back together (despite some Neanderthal and Denisovan detours). Trump is one of the last gasps of colonial, racist, oppressive, white privilege. When people see the world as zero sum they panic and want to “make America white again”. Sorry buddy, that ship has sailed (see Obama) and we’re not going back there, we liberals will fight. Outcome certain, timing uncertain.
Georgetown University, wow, who saw this coming? History is now transparent and accessible. I predict some DNA evidence will be added to this story. This conversation could not even be entertained here 8 years ago, after all Obama was just ascending then, it was too early. But now, it will happen, there will be reparations, not in a general payout, but on a case by case economic basis. Supported by evidence, DNA and a global movement towards a unified humanity. Thank god, actually, no thanks to God :-).
Let’s throw Japan’s admissions in for good measure. 10 years ago there were conservative movements in Japan that thought they could have won WWII, but now Japan can unwind. The zero sum people still argue that ones admission of guilt admonishes another’s guilt but it is quite the opposite. Rather, honesty begets honesty and it is snowballing.
World history is unwinding and I for one can’t wait because I do not believe that the world is a zero sum game. I believe that we can all be better off.
Greek legend has it that whomever unties the Gordian Knot would rule Asia, poetically, we will unwind the Gordian Knot together, and instead of Asia we will rule the world, our world.
PS The great unwinding will include the recognition of animals.