Never in the history of mankind has the end of the existence of planet earth and the human species been so close. Either a cataclysm could be forced by atomic war or our humanity must succumb in the next 500 years. Or before, as predicted by the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. He told the BBC that “the full development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” That is, the earth would be empty and dead, inhabited only by cockroaches, food for future robots.
Because of such alarming diagnosis, we are comforted to observe the behavior of what is happening on our planet today. In the first world war 30 million people died; and since nothing was learned by experiment, 60,000 died in the second war. There is a fascination with killing that accompanies man because he began to walk with the righteous. And what will happen in the third war? It is neglected, because no one will survive to count the dead.
Noam Chomsky, an American linguist and philosopher, stated a few days ago that he sees the future of humanity as bleak, not to mention that he sees no future for himself, adding that he has never experienced the threat of extinction before. Many persons from different nations observe the nearness of the day of the Apocalypse with these words.
If we return to the reality of today, the message that reaches us every day, let us think about how death and destruction occupy the most important place. New wars, earthquakes, climatic changes, famines and pestilences devastate humanity. What does it matter if it continues? Let’s look at some examples. Nayib Bukele, the president of El Salvador, built a model prison to house 40,000 gang members belonging to the dreaded “Los Maras” gang. He said to the residents, at the inauguration of the compound, as if he were handing over poor housing to homeless families: “This will be your new home, where you will live for decades.” A sense of irony must be recognized. The prison, the most recent in Latin America, will become a center of aggravated crime, earning and leading gang fights. It involves a promise that depresses and depresses the human condition. For what does it matter if the members of the crowd come from lumpen?
The Maras Salvatruchas, whose origins are in Los Angeles, United States, have expanded their influence into Canada and Mexico. Its members engage in extortion, plagiarism, drug trafficking, murder and robbery. A little further down, the most profitable business would begin to manufacture weapons. Countries affected by its presence are Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and there was a moment when its appearance in Chile was suspected.
Instead of building hospitals, homes, schools, and universities, the temptation to imprison, whether opponents of the current regime or criminals, has always arisen in our culture. Exercising full freedom of speech has always been a risk. In the meantime there are many causes, but we must speak of the most important. Extreme poverty, unemployment, limited or no education; social marginality, low levels of culture and a neglectful family environment.
“And where do you go,” the poet, who lives in Requinoa, asked me, “the tyranny and bond of crime and bankers, who oppresses us?” It is difficult, my dear friend, to talk about the matter, and I will tell it another time. Here I will repeat what the author Edmundo Moore said: “Seizing and plundering is almost an act of social justice.” And by going round I will add a sarcasm: Bankers never cut their nails. They sharpen it”.