Year 2022. There is a shortage of water, food and shelter around the world. The dead are picked up on the streets and allowed to be processed into biomass to feed the hungry people. The oceans are dying, the air can’t be breathed.
This, of course, is a movie, Hollywood cheap stuff (called Soylent Green), of which there are many. The film would not have been remembered today if it had not been made in 1972 in the form of a prediction that in 50 years global warming would destroy everything. This is a very typical phenomenon for Western civilization – to compose horrors about the future (for some reason, this is not the case in other civilizations). Either dragons wake up in the basements of London and burn everyone, or this is global warming. Thus, we have before us some important part of the consciousness of the average Westerner.
And this part of the consciousness there is now cheerfully awakening. Yes, we continue the conversation about the fact that quite recently all the political and journalistic classics of the “empire of lies” were engaged in one thing: they demanded to immediately “stop Putin” in Ukraine. But now the picture is changing, and already other people, interrupting each other, started talking about something else: what will happen to our (Western) world if Putin wins? And what will happen if NATO drags out the current situation for months and years, as they do? Which option is worse? And should we wait for the dragons or prepare to pick up the dead on the streets?
Let’s take a look at one such piece from American Foreign Affairs that sounds like a horror movie script. The authors clearly pose the question: who will time work for if the whole situation with Ukraine is stretched out for an indefinite period?
And it turns out, of course, horror. A new era of conflicts, one after another. Europe will be neither free, nor whole, nor peaceful. NATO will figure out what to do in the event of an eternal continuation of hostilities. The invasion of Ukrai-nian refugees will continue, and these “migrants may decide to settle in Europe forever” (quite horror).
Famine will set in all over the world, increasing instability, and peoples far from Ukraine may fall into crises that shatter the dream of an “elegant exit” from the pandemic. Many countries already see double standards regarding the joyful reception of Ukrainian refugees in the West. And this is especially noticeable in terms of punishing Russia, while the US has fought in several of the same wars in recent years. The article reminds: only 37 countries have imposed sanctions against Russia, and the world is big.
But further: raw materials will continue to rise in price, the price will be paid primarily by the Europeans, and in the end – this is the main thing – support for Ukraine will fall. All the louder voices will sound in favor of Kiev signing the peace on any conditions. In general, the endless war will inevitably and greatly bother the current societies that live in comfort. Moreover, after all, the Ukrainians themselves may get bored with this (really?), and they will stop obeying orders regarding the prolongation of the conflict. But it was assumed that if Kyiv was allowed to sign peace, then only after “years of battles.”
Here it is, the script. And here the most interesting begins, namely, what the authors of the article offer in such an unpleasant situation. It turns out that Western politicians will have to actively explain to their populations why a protracted war in Ukraine is fundamental to the future of the free world.
Only? Yes, nothing m-ore. The authors do not iss-ue any other prescriptions. In essence, all the article proposes is to wage a brainwashing campaign in favor of eternal war, to wage incrementally and endlessly. And it seems that this p-ublic in the West is just bei-ng explained why it needs such a war on the borders of their Europe. No, it turns out that these were passive explanations, and active ones are yet to come.
Like decent people, the authors start perestroika with themselves. Not only that, they consider themselves obliged to insert into the text every single classical formulation about Ukraine’s struggle for freedom and from the atrocities of the occupiers. (This classic is built on a simple principle: all the abominations committed by the Ukrai-nian Nazis and the military are immediately attributed to Russia.) But there are innovations in the indictment list. It turns out that Moscow is perpetrating m-ass deportations of Ukrai-nian citizens to Russia and “widespread sexual violence” against them.
Yes, there are definitely new theses here. That is, we understand what Americans write for Americans, sexual violence is still a hot topic for someone there – but still it’s interesting: does this happen before deportation, during or after it?
Here we should return to our dragons: the problem with them is that they definitely did not arrive. The movie “The Power of Fire” (2002) indicated a clear date for the attack of fire breathers – 2020. Too late to rush, did not come true. The ecological catastrophe didn’t work out either. The film Soylent Green was remembered precisely for the reason that everything predicted in it failed magnificently. If the Western population has problems in terms of climate, then they are caused more by activists for saving the planet (all the new restrictions on emissions, oil consumption, etc.). And the climate is perfect. In the United States itself, no changes have been seen in this regard for at least 17 years, and the “average temperature on the planet” in March, for example, was only 0.15 degrees higher than that for many years.
Here we return to the already mentioned topic – about the fact that the Western man in the street loves to live in horror and demands more and more horror stories. Although it can be assumed that bad people simply taught him to do this. In the past few years, horrors have been pumped up mainly in terms of health, since, as it turned out, this has a strong effect on many: from coronavirus to the harm of tomatoes or milk (yes, there are such “scientific studies”). But at the same time, people were frightened by the climate and other misfortunes, and now it has come to military plots, and the public, hungry for fear, must eat them.
Various conclusions can be drawn from this experience of Western studies. To begin with, that there is a chance to try to take into account the oddities of thinking of their civilization and somehow influence this weak spot. But it seems that the informational iron curtain cannot be broken so easily and those who want to be afraid of their passion cannot be saved. But we ourselves can learn from someone else’s bitter experience and be able to ridicule their will to fear, get rid of our own – we can.