In A World Where Cooperation Is Urged Humanity Seems Destined For Fracture
By Justin Collins
Before growing to include 193 countries worldwide the United Nations (UN) began with a sparse 51 delegations, including both the Philippines and the United States, whose countries signed their admission to the intergovernmental organization when it was first created on October 24th, 1945.
Over the last 71-years, the UN’s primary objective has been to provide peacekeeping missions and security to conflict regions while monitoring human rights, and giving economic and humanitarian assistance to those in need in order to help achieve co-operation towards international goals.
However you want to slice it, the UN and its governing body of some 17 different organizations and specialized agencies, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Health Organization amongst others, is supposed to be the group that attempts to bring together multinational ideologies for the greater good.
Sometimes things look much better on paper than they actually play out in real life though. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, each and every one of us must realize a very simple and bitter truth: that is, people are selfish creatures, and they will normally act in their own best interest.
The UN is no different. If giving charity to another person did not feel good, no one would do it. We don’t give charity strictly to help someone else out, we give it because it helps AND gives us a little boost of happiness for helping.
As a species, we are altruistic because nature has taught us that in order to survive we need to stick together as a group, and yet crimes against humanity and the planet occur everywhere, everyday, by someone or some group.
President Duterte’s campaign to rid the methamphetamine problem in the Philippines is all over the world news. Everyone outside the country wants to condemn it – because the news portrays it as a battleground. And yet, it doesn’t take long to live here and realize that there is a systemic problem with drugs, and that corruption helped fuel the fire, which in turn caused such a tragic endemic to become so prevalent.
The President has mentioned that maybe the Philippines should leave the UN – because after all, he and the other 100 million Filipinos of this country should not be told what to do. When it comes to the war on drugs this is a very real problem, in the streets and in the homes of so many Filipinos, and the current administrations ambitious task of ridding the country of toxicity is the only course of action left.
The UN deserves to be criticized for not upholding the rules. When the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of the Philippines regarding the skirmish brewing up in the South China Sea, the Republic of China, one of the five founding members UN, basically wiped their “ano” with the ruling and kept going.
When North Korea (a UN member since 1991) detonated a relatively large atomic bomb in September 2016, the world took notice, but no one did anything about it. China could reach over and swat North Korea as easily as you could roll up this paper and swat a fly, and yet, they haven’t, and from the looks of things, they won’t.
The UN is a tool for providing aid, and that’s a great thing. Everyone needs help. I’m not saying the UN is a bad thing, I’m just saying that it’s not enough.