The World Should End (sort of)

Progress Namibia - The World Should End (sort of)
06 January 2017

Below is a poem. Well, this is not actually (strictly) a poem. It is a song (sort of). Written and rapped by Prince EA. I found it quite powerful. Obviously the song is more, so I recommend a watch. See the video below to actually see and hear the song.

The World is coming to an End.
The air is polluted.
The oceans contaminated.
The animals are going extinct.
The economy is collapsed.
Education is shot.
Police are corrupt.
Intelligence is shunned,
And Ignorance rewarded.
People are depressed and angry.
We cannot live with each other,
And we cannot live with ourselves, so
everyone is medicated
We pass each other on the streets, and if we do speak
Its meaningless robotic communication
More people want 15 seconds of fame
Than a lifetime of meaning and purpose
What's popular is more important than what's right.
Ratings are more important than the truth.
Our government builds twice as many prisons than schools.
It's easier to find a Big Mac than an apple.
And when you find the apple it's been genetically processed and modified.
Presidents lie.
Politicians trick us.
Race is still an issue.
So is religion.
Your God doesn't exist.
My God does and he is all loving.
If you disagree with me I will kill you,
Or even worse, argue you to death.
92% of songs on the radio are about sex.
Kids don't play tag they play twerk videos.
The average person watches five hours of television a day,
And there is more violence on the screen than ever before.
Technology has given us everything we could ever want.
And at the same time stolen everything we really need.
Pride is at an all time high,
Humility, an all time low.
Everybody knows everything.
Everybody is going somewhere.
Ignoring someone, blaming somebody.
Not many human beings left anymore.
A lot of human doings.
Plenty of human lingerings in the past.
Not many human beings.
Money is still the root of all evil.
Yet we tell our kids 'Don't get that degree', the jobs don't pay enough.
Good deeds are only done when there is a profit margin.
Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral.
We laugh, and share them with our friends.
To laugh with us.
Our role models today, 60 years ago would be examples of what not to be.
There are states where people can be legally discriminated against
Because they were born a certain way.
Companies invest millions of dollars hiring specialists to make little girls feel like they need makeup to be beautiful, permanently lowering their self esteem because they will never be pretty enough to meet those impossible standards.
Corporations tell us 'Buy Buy Buy'.
'Get this'.
'Get that'.
'You must keep up, you must fit in!'
This will make you happy, but, it never does for long.
So what can we do in the face of all this madness and chaos.
What is the solution?
We can love.
And not the love you hear in your favourite song on the radio.
I mean real love, true love, boundless love.
You can Love. Love each other.
From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed.
Perform an act of kindness,
Because that is contagious.
We can be mindful during every interaction,
And planting seeds of goodness showing a little more compassion than usual.
We can forgive because 300 years from now will that grudge you hold against your friend, your mother, your father have been worth it?
Instead of trying to change others we can change ourselves.
We can change our hearts.
We have been sold lies.
Brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust to not recognise our brothers and sisters.
And to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty, but once we truly love
We will meet
Anger with sympathy.
Hatred with compassion.
Cruelty with kindness.
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the Earth.
Robert Kennedy once said that few will have the greatness to be in history,
But each of us can work to change a small portion of events,
And the total of all those acts will be written in the history of a generation .
So yes, the world is coming to an end.
And the path towards a new beginning.
Starts...within you.
Prince EA

Picture credit: Le Roux van Schalkwyk