The era of expanded military budgets over the expense of funding for education, the environment, the arts, science and social programs, has arrived. If, the stated intentions of the new Donald Trump administration in Washington, D.C.,to increase military spending by $54 billion, is any indication of a global trend, then humanity is doomed.
As the Trump administration proposes increase military spending, a converse decrease in spending in civil areas would ensue - reducing budgets for the arts, protection of the environment, science and research, education and other social programs.
Ironically, Trump's ten percent increase in defense spending, which would contribute to the further militarization of the world, comes at a time when international humanitarian organizations are strapped for cash in their efforts to avert impending humanitarian tragedies via famines and starvation in Yemen, in Somalia, in South Sudan and in Nigeria.
Moreover, with just a fraction of the Trump proposed increase in military spending, the United Nations(UN) and its agencies along with Doctors Without Borders, MercyCorps, CARE and other humanitarian groups, could stabilize the diminishing human conditions in many areas including Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen among other places.
Also, such copious amounts of money could go a long way to ensure and enforce eroding human, civil, religious and gender rights, as well as to protect the environment from looming doom.
Humanity's passing or failing of the tests of the times will be determined by priorities governments make per the wide and varied existing and emerging global conditions.