“Stop the world, I want to get off” was a 1960’s musical about the meaning of life in a fast-paced world. Sixty years later with the modern realities of technology, climate change and pandemics, solutions to those crises are equally overwhelming. The musical written in the 21st century might be entitled “Kid in Candy Store Needs Help Deciding.”
Help for making decisions in a jumbled world comes from within the self. Accessing that self is a learned skill like early walking or later help with riding a bike. From early life, humans recognize the difference between those to trust and those to avoid. Instinct leads in the direction of the North Star, the guiding light of sailors from time immemorial.
Focus on the North Star helps navigate a complex world. It is done here with constant contact to Twitter, author posts, guest posts, recommendations for further exploration and notices of upcoming events to bookmark for the radar.
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Cop26 on Climage Change
For now, keep your eye on the Cop26 Climate Summit in Glasgow convened by the UN. The world’s youth is energized to fight climate change, but they have yet to confront the challenges facing the elders involved in the Summit itself. World youth protected by democratic standards have yet to face the real challenges of life. How to deal with recalcitrant important global players who don’t function according to democratic rules.
In the final week of Cop26, the world would appreciate suggestions from the world’s youth on how to approach Russia, China and Brazil, three global polluters who won’t even take part in the blah-blah-blah so cavalierly dismissed.
Summit on Democracy December 9/10
The beacon of democracy nearly toppled in 2021 but its sturdy infrastructure saved it to fight another day. its destination was a more perfect union. In 2021, that union encapsulated the entire world of near-200 countries, a heavy lift at that scale.
As an insider to the US political system, experienced Joe Biden was elected to lead the effort based on an integrity affirmed by the country’s historical under-class. With Biden’s lead, the country held off an insurrection, managed a politicized pandemic and repaired damage in world cooperation on issues such as climate, trade and migratoin. Still, making a more perfect union among near-200 countries remained a heavy lift.
In 2021, Biden managed domestic unrest, including policial assault from the former guy and his followers. Biden also battled dissent within his own support group. Some wanted the security of socialism while others wanted the challenge of capitalist competition to prevail. Those issues were best addressed in a global context as arranged by Biden in a Summit on Democracy to be held on Thursday and Friday, December 9/10.
So far, the Summit seems not to have garnered much media interest but it has brought about some fun thinking. What exactly is a democracy and who fits the bill? Who decides metrics of definition and how do you correct misinformation?
American democracy has certainly run the gauntlet over the past five years or so, but the lessons learned are a roadmap for the country’s youth, as well as for the world going forward. Ask local media to cover the Democrcacy Summit on Thurs/Fri. Support global good will at helenfogarassy.com. Keep an eye out for Gobal Democracy Summit.
How to Help Democracy
US President Joe #Biden is hosting a #Summit for Democracy with 110 world democracies taking part. It is a two-day affair and on the first day he stressed two important points. First, he added “women” to the US Declaration of Indepdence to say that “all men and women are created equal. Second, he said democracy was not a defined entity but an evolving system of government by the people for the people. That evolution was taking place in various forms and at different stages all across the world. Recent events in the US demonstrated that world democracies could benefit from sharing experiences and best practices.
Recent research by respected institutions such as the Pew Research Center indicates that the ideal of democracy is gaining traction across the world among ordinary citizens through information exchange on the internet. At the same time, the age-old techniques of autocracy are just as pervasive. Their basic tools of coercion and deception have remained relatively unchanged across millennia.
After a coup attempt in America by a sitting president never considered fit for the office to begin with, many Americans are fearful about how fragile democracy is. But those who have lived under suppressive forms of government see American democracy as sturdy and resilient. Yes, it needs serious work to keep it evolving, but its institutions are solid and the large majority of its people are decent, strong and good-willed. In this next big milestone of evolving in a globalizing world, America and its people will benefit from a broader view of themselves in context of the greater world.
As a Hungarian-American immigrant born into communist Hungary under Soviet occupation, Fogarassy appreciates America with an ardor greater than many of those born into its blessings. Her image of America is shaped by early memories. Those include five-pound cartons of American cheese distributed by the Red Cross to refugees in Austria, followed by grade-school kids initiating her into American ways. Hot dogs were a favorite form of facilitating information exchange on both sides.
Integrating the American way into the broader world has been a major theme for Fogarassy, now an internationalist writer with the helenfogarassy.com website still in development to promote ever better the joys of American democracy. Her latest published work is America Votes Obama to Biden Past Trump: a kaleidoscopic view of the Trump phenomenon. Issued in October 2021, the book is a series of her articles on aspects of Donald Trump as a fraudster who snookered America.
Following publication of America Votes, Light of a Destiny Dark was re-issued. The Americanized novel is based on a memoir by late Mom Helen Skerl Fogarassy shortly after escape from Hungary in 1956. The memoir was entitled Behind God’s Back, the way Eastern Europeans felt behind the Soviet Iron Curtain of barbed wire. Many of Hungary’s young were not yet born when the Curtain came down in 1989. They would benefit from a reminder of that time before another tyrant Russian install wrecks the democracy of freedom-loving Hungarians.
Toward the end of bridging gaps between the old world and new, Hungarian-Americans are a key link. The American Melting Pot is not merely a pooling of immigrant talents. It is a pooling of values, traditions, strengths and wisdom of the cultures from which the immigrants arrived here. Fogarassy’s book entitled Mission Improbable: the world community on a UN compound in Somlis is a portrait of internationals from all countries thrown together on an enclosed compound to deal with national issues on a very telling personal level. Spoiler alert: Fogarassy and Somalis got along fine across great cultural differences.
Finally, Fogarassy’s Midas Maze ties America into the global reality. No child can grow into adulthood without a strong supportive structure. Likewise, governments and global institutions are stymied at present by obsolescence. Global well-being underwent a huge growth spurt after the Second World War. mainly through the establishment of the United Nations and its many affiliated institutions. Thousands of non-profit organizations feed into the system clogged by the bureaucratic systems established in the mid-1950s. The novel is a fun romp through the pitfalls of bureaucracy with the hope of adding to the drive for upgrade.
URGENT SOS FOR UKRAINE
At the end of February 2022, #Russia unleashed an assault on former #USSR satellite #Ukraine that few in the world believed he was fool enough to undertake.. By all reliably accredited sources. #Russia’s President #Putin aims to rule the world by recreating the Soviet Communist empire that collapsed in 1991 after satellite countries in 1989 won freedom through support of major established democracies, esspecially the #US. Now, #Ukraine is the global linchpin in whether tyranny or democracy wins the future.
Fogarassy has a bird’s eye view on this decision. She is a seasoned Hungarian-American writer who was born in Hungary, lived briefly in Austria as a refugee, then was raised in the American Midwest until becoming a New Yorker from where she experienced the world through the United Nations lens as an independent observer. To her, the Russian assault on Ukraine is a pivotal point in global relations.
A rapidly changing world is mired in old-world thinking, Fogarassy contends. The situation in #Ukraine highlights issues in urgent need of address if civilization is to progress. Her major works focus on those themes.
Mission Improbable: the world community on a UN compound in Somalia is a first hand account of global good intentions gone awry due to a “failure to communicate.”
The Light of a Destiny Dark was recently re-issued. It is a novel based on a memoir about life in Hungary under Soviet occupation after the Second World War.
America Votes Obama to Biden Past Trump: a kaleidoscopic view of the Trump phenomenon is a newly relased collection of articles on how #Russian #Putin may have tried to render #America its first salletile in a neo-Communist campaign.
Finally, The Midas Maze is a fun novel about the vast United Nations global network that can serve to either advance or corrupt the world depending on personbal morality.
#Russia’s assault on #Ukraine is a turning point for the world. Do we opt for the freedom of democracy or the security of a tyranny that takes the burden or choice of our shoulders? The choice is clear. #Ukraine is the newest metric after previous uprisings against #Soviet-styled oppression in the 70 yhears since the last World War ended.
Voice your own vote at any #helenfogarassy.com chennel promoting this work. Those supporting #Ukraine need to hear your views and they thank your support.