The world turns and glides more gentle today.
Most events on this planet, in a single day, do not have any noticeable effect -- singularly. Perhaps one 24 hour period in a hundred years would set the trajectory of this globe on a new path which is more kind -- with a bit more hope.
Today, that event, one in a hundred years, happened.
Now, I could be wrong as I have been in the past. Being the cynic that I am, persistently critical of our innate and selfish human tendencies, I am projecting a future that perhaps is unbecoming of my 'normal' demeanor. However, in spite of my predilection, I note here these extraordinary and hopeful events.
What events you might ask.
Well. Obviously, the meeting with N. Korea and USA. In person. In the flesh. In peace. A sixty-year war ended. A country with millions of citizens begins its upward crawl -- emerging from a world of squalor and fear. As millions of these citizens stare back at us through the barricades of their own government's oppression, with guant and weary eyes, they look at us with hope and for hope. We, being the rest of the planet which has enjoyed and thrived under more democratic governments, also staring back with guarded jubilation -- restrained in case our hopes might be dashed by a careless word or careless action in these delicate first moments.
Surprising how many would regularly make dire predictions of doom but not recognize or acknowledge, in times like these, predictions of great hope and progress. North Korea is now forever changed. The old N. Korea is over. N. Korea and S. Korea are united . . . only a matter of time. In twenty years (or less) you will be able to buy your first N. Korean auto. You will be able to buy a dishwasher in 2030 made in NK. I may be off in my timeline and these events could be much sooner . . . but make no mistake, they will happen soon.
In the coming years what the world will discover about N. Korea is how devastated that country actually has become. With years of isolation and suppression, unchecked by the world, we will discover a population barely able to support life-expectancy over 40. We will discover an ecological nightmare from the testing of nuclear weapons. An ecological disaster that may be on par with Chernobyl. A disaster so great, N. Korea has realized that it needs the help of the world.
The world, in the coming years, will once again be reminded of how democracies and liberty and consumer-based economies bring wealth and prosperity to everyone.
I mark this day, with this text, and with hope. A hope for N. Korea and a renewed hope in my fellow humans who would welcome a young dictator, with open arms, in the hour of his need. If there are questions about humanity, whether human development occurs in peace or in war, let it be acknowledged that on this day the world found a better path, a better future, without one hostile shot fired -- and with billions of open arms for a young dictator and his weary people.