In a sense, Assange has cashed the check in on governmental conspiracy and corruption. The engineers of our own political structures worldwide have been busy at work attempting to forge for their country a new route to tread upon. The question remains – what will that route be? Will it be one of a better tomorrow etching out new missions in honesty and transparency or will it be an even better plot of circumvention and granny holes from which to conduct their corruption from?
It’s quite obvious that in this cycle of emotion that the world has been thrown into – that many haven’t fully resolved the anger stage in which they seek to blame and are out for revenge. It has been indicated through the actions of our governments around the globe that each and every nation will be marching to their own drum: nobody knows who to trust any longer.
Rhetoric rears it’s ugly head and ambiguity has lurked on the edges of fashion. We have America threatening EU with regard to their “friendship,” only that America has used “global warming” as their basis for producing the threat rather than using Julian Assange – as their rage wants them to. We have other countries in the middle east and Asia who are so scared of being attacked – even by one another, that there’s just a lack of trust in the world.
So let’s examine the cycle of events that has and will continue to explode throughout our world.
It seems that the first cycle was something along the lines of shock and/or Denial. It’s nearly like the grief cycle, whereas there are certain stages of grief that a person moves through until their emotions are resolved on the matter. It’s quite psychological. We can see clearly that nations like the US are experiencing the first cycle and perhaps some are even moving into the anger cycle – such as the death threat put against Julian by Ret. Military Peters. Others are simply denying that he’s doing anything productive by saying that he’s merely a publicity seeker. Of course, the whole of the US and some other natiosn are experiencing the embarrassment of what Julian has released, and surprisingly, they haven’t caught on to the notion that it’s not Julian’s fault and that there is nobody to blame except themselves. If they don’t like the world knowing what they do professionally (and trust me – it’s not their personal life) then perhaps they shouldn’t have been doing what they were doing in the first place. It’s all about taking accountability – as they tell all their inmates and citizens.
The second stage is of course like the first stage and while already mentioned – many nations are in limbo between the two stages. After the initial shock wore off, then came the anger – and finger pointing. Death threats…name calling – even by people in authority. It’s almost as if this stage allows people the freedom to regress back into immaturity for a little while, only that they feel this is justified only when something like Julian Assange happens.
The next stage is a scary stage because when people begin to feel helpless and/or out-of-control, there comes with it much irrationality. Throw a little overwhelming emotions in there – and there we have it: tyranny and chaos. When looking at this from an authoritarian’s role (much like our government and officials), we can more than likely predict a stale period right before the “storm,” so to speak. Getting frustrated is understandable – however – it scares me to think what those authorities will actually “do” with their frustration. It seems coping mechanisms have all but changed in the past century. No longer are we fixed on the “self-esteem movement.” But no worries – because now that those authorities have had time to pent up energy using embarassment and helplessness (a retreat, so to speak), they are back in full boar with the next stage – and this is where the critical moments lie – for the world.
The next stage is about taking the lesson…let me repeat…taking the lesson that one has learned and doing something with it. The question lies in this: Is the world going to allow the grief cycle to be linear or are they going to use this stage to start back at the beginning and be destructive with it?
You see – the grief cycle isn’t linear in most cases. Some people will start, restart, start, and restart several times before they are able to get to the end of the cycle. This is, of course, a cycle that people can drag out for years, or undergo several times a day. Should global authorities choose to reach out to their citizens in this time of extreme chaos – it may impact several people and develop a baseline for trust, since most trust in the world has been lost. Perhaps this is what Julian has imagined. They say that you have to crack a few eggs before you can make an omelet. The towers of authority were all torn down and now the restructuring and rebuilding must begin in order for order (no pun intended) to be re-established.
Should the authorities worldwide choose to use what Julian has done as an example, and along with that – begin anew with a regime focused more on transparency and stick with it – establishing trust this way may also work.
If global authorities find it difficult to understand what has happened and how it affects their regime – then things could end up going downhill. Again, they find themselves in the “unknown” and who knows what direction they will head until they come to understand what Julian is doing in full.
The final stage of grief (and this one is the ultimate goal of Julian, I believe) is that of acceptance. Governments and authority figures worldwide will see that what Julian has done was destructive at first – but productive in the end – and not only that, but they will too understand that the ultimate goal rested upon their shoulders. The ultimate outcome is not dependent on Julian – but on the governments themselves. It is they who will have to be optimistic instead of pessimistic with regard to this situation, and upon an optimistic outlook – they can change the way life has been moving and gain more support of their citizens.
To truly change must mean that one man has been willing to sacrifice his life for the rest of us. Julian has done that, and he is gambling that perhaps authority figures across the world will see that in the end, if they make the right decision -that his life wouldn’t have meant nothing and that his message will continue to be heard for thousands of years to come.
Well done, Julian. We support you!