Only Rational Thinking Can Save the World!
15/16, 2017 "Information
ONE: Imagine that you are on board a ship, which
is slowly sinking. There is no land in sight,
and your radio transmitter is not functioning
properly. There are several people on board and
you care for them, deeply. You don’t want this
to be the end of ‘everything’.
fix for yourself a nice portion of fried rice
turn on the TV set, which is still somehow
miraculously working, and watch the news about
the future Scottish referendum or on BREXIT
jump into the water immediately, try to identify
the damage, and then attempt to do something
unthinkable with your simple tools and
capabilities: to save the ship
SCENARIO TWO: By mistake, your wife eats two
full tubes of sleeping pills, supposedly
confusing them with anew line of candies. As you
find her on the floor, she appears to be
unconscious and her face looks rather bluish.
would your course of action be?
After you realize that her high heels do not
match the color of her pantyhose, you run to the
closet in search of a much better pair of shoes
to achieve the balance
carry her without delay to the bathroom, pump
out her stomach, and try to resuscitate her
while calling the ambulance using the
recall how you first met, get nostalgic, and
rush to your living room library in order to
find a book of love sonnets by Pablo Neruda,
which you then recite to her kneeling on the
brace yourself for a great surprise. Unless you
choose C) for scenario one, and B) for scenario
two, you can actually consider yourself
absolutely “normal” by most North American and
However, if you opt for C) or B) respectively,
you could easily pass off for an extremist, a
radical and ideological left-wing fanatic.
West has brought the world to the brink of total
collapse, but its citizens, even its
intellectuals, are stubbornly refusing to grasp
the urgency. Like ostriches, many are hiding
their heads in the sand. Others are behaving
like a surgeon who opts for treating a small cut
on a finger of his patient who is actually dying
from a terrible gunshot wound.
seems to be an acute lack of rational thinking,
and especially of people’s ability to grasp the
proportions of global occurrences and events.
For years I have been arguing that destroying
the ability to compare and to see things from
the universal perspective has been one of the
most successful endeavors of the Western
indoctrination drive (dispersed through
education, media/disinformation and ‘culture’).
It has effectively influenced and pacified both,
the people in the West itself, and those living
in its present and former colonies (particularly
the local ‘elites’and their offspring).
seems to be no capacity to compare and
consistently analyze, for instance, those
certainly unsavory but mainly defensive actions
taken by the revolutionary governments and
countries, with the most horrid and appalling
crimes committed by the colonialist regimes of
the West all over Asia, Latin America, the
Middle East and Africa,which took place in
approximately the same historical era.
not only history that is seen in the West
through totally crooked and ‘out of focus’
lenses, it is also the present, which has been
perceived and ‘analyzed’ in an out of context
way and without applying hardly any rational
comparisons. Rebellious and independent-minded
countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the
Middle East (most of them have been actually
forced to defend themselves against the
extremely brutal attacks and subversion
campaigns administered by the West) have been
slammed, even in the so-called ‘progressive’
circles of the West, with much tougher standards
than those that are being applied towards both
Europe and North America, two parts of the world
that have been continuously spreading terror,
destruction and unimaginable suffering among the
people inhabiting all corners of the globe.
crimes committed by the left-wing revolutions
were in direct response to invasions,
subversions, provocations and other attacks
coming from the West. Almost all the most
terrible crimes committed by the West were
committed abroad, and were directed against
enslaved, exploited, thoroughly plunderedand
defenseless people in almost all parts of the
according to many, the endgame is approaching.
Rising oceans are swallowing entire countries,
as I witnessed in several parts of Oceania. It
is a horrid, indescribable sight!
in numerous countries governed by pro-Western
regimes are shedding millions of their
inhabitants, while some nations are basically
ceasing to exist, like Papua or Kashmir, to give
just two obvious examples.
environment is thoroughly ruined where the
‘lungs’ of the world used to work hard, just a
few decades ago, making our planet healthy.
millions of people are now on the move, their
countries thoroughly ruined by Western
geopolitical games. Instead of influencing and
helping to guide humanity, such great cultures
as those of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are now
forced to disgorge millions of desperate
refugees. They are barely surviving, humiliated
and hardly relevant.
Extremist religious groups (of all faiths, and
definitely not only belonging to the Muslim
religion) are being groomed by the Western
Machiavellian ideologues and strategists, then
dispersed to all corners of the globe: South
Asia, the Middle East, China, Latin America,
Africa, and even Oceania.
It is a
total disgrace what imperialism has managed to
reduce our humanity to.
the world is actually trying to function
‘normally’, ‘democratically’, following its
natural instincts, which are based on simple
humanism. But it is being constantly derailed,
attacked and tormented by the brutal monstrous
and merciless hydra – the Western expansionism
and its ‘culture’ or nihilism, greed, cynicism
so obvious where we are going as a human race.
to fly, we want freedom and optimism and beauty
to govern our lives. We want to dream and to
create something deep, meaningful, happy and
kind. But there are those horrible weights
hanging from our feet. There are chains
restraining our actions. There is constant fear,
which is making us betray all our ideals, as
well as each other, again and again; fear that
makes us, humans,act like shameless cowards and
egoists. As a result we are not flying, we are
only crawling, and not even forward, but in
bizarre, irrational ellipses and circles.
I do not believe that the endgame is inevitable!
many years I have been sending warnings, I have
been writing and showing and presenting
thousands of terrible images of destruction, of
the irreversible collapse, of barbarity.
generally kept nothing to myself. I have
recycled my work, my films and books, into new
journeys into the darkest abysses of our world.
I have received hardly any support from the
outside world. But I couldn’t stop: what I have
been witnessing, the danger to the planet and
total devastation, have forced me to never give
up the struggle. If necessary and most of the
time, I have done it alone. I spent too much
time in Latin America; I could not give up. I
learned too much from Cuba and so many other
wonderful places; I felt I had no right to
Whenever the horrors from which our planet is
suffering would overwhelm me, I’d ‘collapse’, as
I did last year. Then I’d bury myself somewhere
for a short period of time, collect myself
together, get up and continue with my work and
my struggle. I have never ceased to trust
people. Some would come full of initial
enthusiasm, offering much, then betray me, and
leave. Still, I have never lost faith in human
beings. This year, instead of slowing down, I
‘adopted’ one more place,which is in agony –
request, my only demand has been, that the world
listens, that it sees, that it tries to
comprehend, before it is too late. This request
of mine has proven to be, I realize now, too
‘demanding’, and too ‘radical’.
Sometimes I ask: have I achieved much? Have I
opened many eyes? Have I managed to build many
bridges between the different struggling parts
of the world? As an internationalist I have to
question my own actions, my effectiveness.
to admit, honestly: I don’t know the answers to
my own questions. But I keep working and
world looks different if observed and analyzed
from a pub in Europe or North America, or if you
are actually standing on one of those atolls in
the middle of the South Pacific (Oceania) that
are under the constant assault of tidal waves,
dotted with dead stumps of palm trees pointing
accusatively towards the sky. These islets are
at the forefront of the battle for the survival
of our planet, and they are obviously losing.
Everything also appears to be much more urgent
but also ‘real’, when observed from the black
and desolate plains of the hopelessly logged out
Indonesian islands of Borneo/Kalimantan and
to recount in my essays, just for my readers to
know, what the villages somewhere like Gomain
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), look and
feel like, after the murderous assaults by the
pro-Rwandese, and therefore pro-Western,
militias. It was important for me to explain how
things are ‘right in the middle of it’, on the
ground. I used to write about mass rapes and
mutilations, about the burning flesh, terrible
torture… I stopped some time ago. You at least
once witness all this or you simply didn’t. If
you did then you know what it all looks like,
what it feels like and smells like… or you could
never imagine it, no matter how many books and
reports you read, no matter how many images you
been trying to speak about all this to the
people in the West, at conferences,
universities, or even through my films and
books. They do listen, mostly respectfully. They
do show politely how outraged and ‘horrified’
they are (it is ‘expected’ of them). Some say:
‘I want to do something’. Most of them do
absolutely nothing, but even if they decide to
take action, it is usually for themselves,just
to feel good, to feel better, to convince their
own conscience that they have actually ‘done at
least something for the humanity’.
to blame them. I don’t, anymore. This is how the
world is arranged. However, I have sharply
reduced my work-visits to both North America and
Europe. I don’t feel that I click with the
people in those places. We don’t think the same
way, we don’t feel the same, and even our logic
and rationale are diametrically different.
recent three-week stay in Europe clearly
revealed to me, how little there is in common
between the West’s state of mind and the reality
in which the great majority of the world has
past, before the Western empires and the
sole“Empire” took most of determination and
enthusiasm away from the people, the most
talented of human beings used to make no
distinction between their personal lives, their
creativity and their relentless work and duty
several places including Cuba, it is how many
people still live.
West, everyone and everything is now fragmented
and life itself became objectively meaningless:
there is distinct time to work (satisfying one’s
personal career, guaranteeing survival,
advancing ‘prestige’ and ego), there is time to
play, and for family life… and there is
occasionally time to think about humanity or,
very rarely, about the survival of our planet.
Needless to say, this selfish approach has
failed in helping to advance the world. It has
also squarely failed when it comes to stopping
at least some of the monstrosities committed by
go to the opera house or some great classical
music concert, it is in order to get some deep
inspiration, to get fired up about my work, to
recycle the beauty that I’m expressing in my
novels and films, theatre plays and even
political reports. I never go to get simply
‘entertained’. It is never for my own needs
also essential for me to work closely with the
people that I love, including my own mother who
is already 82 years old.
because I know there is absolutely no time to
waste. And also because everything is and should
be intertwined in life: love, work, duty, and
the struggle for the survival and progress of
be labeled as a fanatic, but I am decisively
choosing those C) and B) options from the
‘dilemmas’ I depicted above.
choosing rationality, now that the US ‘armada’
packed with the nuclear weapons is sailing
towards both China and North Korea, now that the
Tomahawk missiles have rained down on Syria, now
that the West will be sending thousands more
mercenaries to one of the most devastated
countries on Earth – Afghanistan.
Survival and then the advancement of the world
should be our greatest goal. I believe it and I
stand by it. In time of absolute crises, which
we are experiencing right now, it is
irresponsible, almost grotesque, to simply
‘continue to live our daily lives’.
Imperialism has to be stopped, once and for all,
by all means. At the moment when the survival of
humanity is at stake, the end justifies all
means. Or as the motto of Chile goes: “By Reason
Or By Force”.
course, if those ‘who know’ do not act, if they
are cowardly and opportunistically do nothing,
from a universal perspective, nothing much will
happen: one small planet in one of the so many
galaxies will simply cease to exist.Most likely
there are many inhabited planets in the
universe, many civilizations.
However, I happen to love this world and this
particular Planet. I know it well, from the
Southernmost tip all the way to the north. I
know its deserts and valleys, mountains and
oceans, its marvelous and touching creatures,
its great cities as well as god-forsaken
villages. I know its people. They have many
faults; and much that could be condemned in
them, and much that should be improved. But I
still believe that there is more that could be
admired in them than denounced.
is time to think, rationally and quickly, and
then to act. No small patches will do, no ‘feel
good’ actions. Only a total reset, overhaul.
Call it the Revolution if you will, or simply C)
and B). No matter how you define it, it would
have to come rapidly, very rapidly, or there
soon will be nothing to love, to defend, and to
work for, anymore.
Andre Vltchek is a
philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and
investigative journalist. He has covered wars
and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of
his latest books are revolutionary novel
two bestselling works of political non-fiction:
Lies Of The Empire”
Against Western Imperialism”.
here. Andre is
making films for teleSUR and Al-Mayadeen. Watch
his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and
DRCongo. After having lived in Latin America,
Africa and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides in
East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to
work around the world. He can be reached through
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