Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Decline of the Western Empire

Ancient Rome faced an immigration problem that was the harbinger of its decline. Today's geo-political landscape echoes this eery trend. Like Rome,  former colonial powers in Europe have seen an influx of immigrants from the lands they once occupied for blood and treasure. As a result, the ruling classes are turning up their noses and a toxic xenophobia has begun to grow like a cancer.

What the far-right politicians and their growing base seem to miss is an inexorable law of karma in which they grow more and more enmeshed.

If a nation meddles in the affairs of another country's people and their resources - for self-aggrandizement - then a deep connection is forged. Yet this common bond is grossly unjust, with the occupying nation becoming somewhat akin to a punishing parent.

Once this unequal relationship is cemented, the result is an exchange of the most unhealthy kind. When the occupied seek refuge in the homeland of the occupiers, whose characteristics have been embedded in their psyches, they become the unwanted offspring of colonialism and imperialism.

This unhappy family of man cries out for an enlightened mindset, in which all beings are seen for the life and light inherent in their existence. Yet, this peaceable kingdom will not emerge from the ground of humanity until nations take responsibility for their actions and embrace all cultures as equal.

Until the law of karma is studied seriously, the "chicken and egg" conundrum will continue to foment dissent and unrest in the nest.



  1. I have often thought about this issue and agree about the karma of the conquering nations. Yet, there are nations that seem to have recovered to some extent and even celebrate some of the culture of their former victors.. ie India and England, Australia and England, Mexico and Spain etc...

    1. It depends to whom you talk. Indians (India) have a mixed view of England...some upper class Indians have a snobbishness that is proud of the British influence while many see the British as decidedly oppressive. I just shot a documentary in India and the people there definitely felt that the British put a boot to their collective necks. The Spanish creamed the Mexican Indians but the upper class Mexicans like the Spanish culture. It seems that the more pale-skinned people of the conquered nations, who benefitted from a collaboration, are more welcoming of the European influence. As for Australia, the Aborigines probably don't think kindly of the British.

  2. You've got enmeshed spelled wrong.


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