As improbably as it may seem the problems in every part of the world starts with the candy cane.  Yes, that wonderful holiday treat enjoyed by many around the world whether Christian or not.  Growing up I remember candy canes as a treat, later as an ornament carefully hung on the tree and replaced by fabricated foil and cellophane wrapped paper cane.  I remember one could tell the freshness of those candy treats by how easily it was to unwrap them from their entombed cellophane packaging. Even if it was produced a short while ago or the leftover from years past they often begrudgingly gave up their encasement.  The effects of heat, packaging and a bit of chemical reaction of rich sugar with a petrochemical make for some exasperating times for young and old alike.  To offset this problem my parents gave into to the new paper versions and possibly the Yankee embarrassment of hanging the same tired candy canes year after year.  Since these paper surrogates were the new kids on the block I thought it was proper as a child to do a bit a autopsy to determine what they were all about.  I discovered hidden inside the aluminum foil and cellophane tightly wrapped newspaper.  Not your average newspaper but one with all of its Mandarin/Cantonese glory (sorry I was privy to know the difference between the two) but today realize that China was already selling in the 1950s to markets previously dominated by cheap 1950s Japanese products.  Today, a chemical study would show the use of lead based inks were a fond choice of these publications and no consideration would be given to how it might subsequently impact the consumer chain.

So what does the ‘Candy Cane’ have to do with the world problems.  Thinking back on these early childhood memories it has become apparent that while the candy cane was tasty it had some inter-reactionary problems with other facets in which it was a part.  The packaging, the replacements, and even the fundamental impact it had on changes to the consumers of all age groups.  I’m sure the producers were focused clearly on the product but gave only casual consideration to all of the other aspects in which the simple candy cane was a part of.  This situation is not a bit different from the behavior of special interest groups (religious, consumer, racial, origins, cult societies and even products).  By ignoring the total picture we introduce both risk and conflict, we can not simply focus on one piece but should give consideration to the full equation.  The cellphone is useless without the wireless technology to support it, the computer is useless without artisans to craft systems that both manage the resource but also enslave it to perform customized tasks.  The innovation revolution has failed, not in creative ideas but to fully exploit understand consequences.  Just a few days ago I read an article about the impact of automation and how it has been a positive change and that problems occurred as a result of man’s inability to adapt.  I would also mention that its probably more the case of the ability to adapt and how long might be a suitable transitional period.  While there is little contention that it has not had a positive change what we are experiencing is less about adaption and adoption, and more about make use of the time that automation makes available.  Maybe this is why social networks have exploded… they fill the void while many wait for something to fall from the sky.

In equal contrast present day happenings pit religion against religion.  What is a very personal element becomes a war of rightness.  The words, actions and initiatives make the promotion of religion all about salesmanship with the lure of rewards and lays little credit to it simply being a means for us to develop respectable global harmony.  In other words the candy cane remains sweet while the wrapper (or what is hidden inside the tinfoil and cellophane) remains the barrier to enjoyment, accompanied by the pleasantries of a last fond memory.

So you can see the candy cane in and of itself is a part of the global world problem.  It may not actually be the cause but it to has fallen prey to a lack of broad based thinking.