Friday, August 11, 2017

The UN is Obsolete

In 2006, the woman whose family is parallel to the United Nations died of pancreatic cancer, which comes from the beliefs that she lacked compassion and capacity, and also an event came into her life that made her believe she couldn't get her life. On a parallel basis, the United Nations is facing these same crises, and has reached the end of life crisis, also. 

The woman was one of the core group of our prayer circle, in her 70s or 80s, and an avid student of spirituality, and she had her spiritual gifts. She was very poor, but had a health food cooperative, which was where the prayer circle met. She was focused on spirituality, not currents events. When the plan for the international government was introduced, she was offered a part to play at the conference in Europe, graciously handing out cookies to the delegates. 

She believed being nice would ingratiate herself with other people, and many people liked her, but that belief prevented her from standing up to defend others from being bullied. Once she was asked to help end a dispute in a family, and she willingly agreed. When she arrived, and was treated graciously, she sided with the family rather than defending the one who had been estranged. She judged people based on behavior rather than on their rights. It was a matter of civility. 

This is what is occurring now with North Korea, and the other rogue nations. Rather than seeing them as sovereign nations, and therefore equal members of the United Nations, and defending their unalienable rights, the rogue nation are seen as the troublemakers. 

For the most part, the Secretary Generals of the United Nations come from third world nations, and they are glad to be given the honor. They are gracious, but they don't have the power to stand up to the five permanent members of the Security Council, and demand they stop playing power games. 

The Charter has five main flaws, and attempts to reform it have failed. The first flaw is that it does not treat all nations fairly and equally. The first requirement for conflict resolution is that all must be considered equal. The United Nations has demonstrated it cannot end or prevent wars.  Any institution that does not treat all its members fairly and equally will eventually collapse.

The United Nations will continue to play an important role in the world, but that role will continue to evolve. The UN will continue to focus on functioning within their own capacity, and turning over responsibility to those who can better handle what is outside of  their capacity, which is something everyone will be doing. 

The effects of the flaws will become evident. The question today is if the UN collapses, what will take its place. The devolving conflict between the United States and North Korea places mankind on the edge of the abyss, and this option, which for many has been mankind's sole hope for world peace, is no longer viable. That leaves mankind with two options--an international government that allows mankind to evolve to the higher level or devolve into a global conflict.