The thought of a popular revolution in the twenty-first century evokes images of carnage and mass bloodshed. The reality of change has a lot of stigma attached to it due to the examples set in history, both modern and ancient. The Russian Revolution was a time of mass murder and misery for the people of Eastern Europe and the shadow of Joseph Stalin is still lies long and dark in the memories of the Russian people. If we are to consider the horrors that took place in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century as a revolution, we also see a pattern of death that sits in the consciousness of today. Political revolution is a power vacuum that can only be filled by people of low moral standing, or fanatics.

The future of change lies in people being conscious of how they are governed and striving towards understanding themselves and where they stand in relation to the rest of the world. The noble causes of the past are drowning in a sea of doubt and the cynic has made pessimism the norm. If we take a look into the past it is possible to observe a trend of conservatism that has governed the movement of the collective consciousness since the dawn of history. As human beings we are afraid of change and something inside us tells us that with change comes doom. The complex individual histories of all the various peoples of Earth have one thing in common: that they were originally designed to accommodate survival within the context and happenings of the times.

Climate change is one of the most common factors in the changing of human self-perception. If we look at the Biblical story of Noah and his Ark we see that a great flood led to the displacement of whole communities, and forced mass migration from East to West. When the people moved they took their belief systems with them and adapted them to the new lands which they inhabited. If we look at the natural disasters of modern times it is possible to see a similar change in how people perceive their geographical surroundings. The difficulties that have arose over the millennia attached to mass immigration lead us in the west to be terrified of the thought of having to leave our homes and become immigrants in a foreign land. The manmade disasters of our time have created more problems than any earthquake or tsunami that we have lived to see. If the tables were turned and the people of the west were forced East, how would we fare?


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