Day 290: Is This The World We Want?

Is this the world we want?

A world where we willfully waste opportunities to solve preventable murders? A world where we allow paranoia to become policy? Where logic is flushed down the toilet in favor of hysteria?

Right now, we live in a world where one of the deadliest mass shootings in history is met with one of the deadliest responses in history: an ignorance that encourages massacres to keep occurring.

But it’s not just mortality where we have allowed our morality to slip. It’s the systemic corruption of our economic system that enables the selfishly inclined wealthy, including rich gun manufacturers, to prosper. The leak of the Paradise Papers yesterday included some staggering revelations about the offshore banking practices of some of the world’s wealthiest people. It turns out the Queen of England is stashing money in an offshore account to avoid paying U.K. taxes. The hypocrisy of this practice is truly incredible considering that the royal family is essentially just a tabloid distraction that the British keep funding for some reason.

More disturbing was the reveal of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is an active business partner in a venture with Putin’s family. This conflict of interest is a danger to national security: the man who oversees trade policy with foreign countries has a business that deals with a sanctioned country, and the family of the dictator that oversees it. The ties that bind Putin and Trump grow thicker with each passing day.

This is our world, 2017. The status quo is unacceptable. Where it goes is up to us.

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