Human Numbers Affect The Mental Madness Now Accelerating Worldwide!

By Donald A. Collins | 18 January 2023
Church and State


Rodney King’s beating by white policemen in LA in 1992 was replicated in Memphis this week when 5 African American officers beat a young black man so badly, he died 3 days later. As with King and George Floyd, the filming of this horrific incident is getting national attention. Bravo for the Memphis authorities who have taken appropriate and swift action.

Message: Bad policing. More? How about everyone’s mental stress?

Anger rises globally as we can read daily. Examples:

Historically high Israeli killings in Palestine after two rockets from Gaza were launched and intercepted. Keep the mad violence going!! As the 1/29/23 AP story entitled” Benjamin Netanyahu’s new Israeli government will make West Bank expansion a priority” violence will escalate. Read here.

40 plus mass shootings here in less than the first month of 2023 in the USA but the MAD AT EACH OTHER US CONGRESS refuses to ban assault weapons or raise the age of young male buyers. Why are no women yet assaulting us? By all means had we better continue to take away their dangerous terrorist rights to exit fetal matter from their uteruses?

My point: The potential for violence and human madness of all humans has escalated since the 1992 Rodney King beating (US population then 255 million now 340 million) and will continue to rise as more of us confront more of us going into stress, as the gap between rich and poor, educated and less educated keeps growing.

Growing selfish self-interest, lack of moral anchoring, greater belief that integrity is naive—like the old DC adage “If you want a friend in Washington buy a dog”—are not far from madness.

Like marriage it takes fidelity to make it work, and because human failings cause some glitches in marriages, unfaithfulness to integrity such as Trump caused can be repaired and overcome at the ballot box.

However, today’s widespread divorce of trust generates fear.

And its companion feeling “What can I do except to try get or keep my place” like those GOP House Congressmen who kissed Trump’s ring!

The human growth from 2 to 8 billion in my 91 years, so well delineated by environmentalists as furthering the likelihood of a 6th Extinction!

This planetary devastation keeps getting ignored by religious zealots, too many feckless humans ignoring reality, or to many powerful wealthy people who don’t apparently care and many who believe they can survive even as many of the world’s nations lose stability!

This worldwide terrorist madness will continue until it doesn’t—likely in the lifetimes of many alive now!

Most scientists not on the payroll of the dishonest wealthy now see the effects of climate changes, environmental impact, starvation, wars, and other causes as disastrous to the survival of worldwide habitability by the end of this century.

What possible cure for this madness? None is apparent, but the widespread acknowledgment of this scientific truth if comprehended might cause enough people here in the USA and other democracies to stop the lethal virus of madness, eschew the stupidity of religious dictators and bought off politicians to start voting for real COP progress and the understanding that the stormy divorces in human behavior fostered by MAGA governing leads to fatal ends.

One starting key initiative now would be restoring women’s rights to choose abortion without any government interference. And insuring contraception for all women worldwide. Neither is likely to happen in time to avoid dangerous consequences.

However, here’s a glimmer of hope, as most Americans favor abortion choice and the trend both legally in the state courts and in state constitutions indicates many states that seemed likely to ban abortions will not. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in bucking that trend in Florida makes his anti-choice Presidential candidacy very problematical!

Read here the outstanding 1/29/23 NY Times article entitled “Do Abortion Rights Hang On State Constitutions?” which explains the complex anomalies emerging as the abortion issue gets treated at the state level!

These state actions could lead to reestablishing a national right to abortion sooner than we have projected. With the GOP House in great disarray the 2024 election could result in a landslide GOP defeat of the Trumpian authoritarians.

The GOP is now selling their tyranny under a MAGA like freedom banner to those who don’t understand in history of how dictators take power.

Will that happen? Who can say, as daily more madness prevails with seemingly intractable issues such as gun control, and, yes, saving our earth!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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