By Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti on 30-06-2011
Status of the World –26
World I like to live in – (Continued): This world is like a delinquent child
who lost his/her mooring, direction, and purpose; it is beset with so many
emotional cancers, and is shifting and drifting hither and thither. This world
needs to be de-programmed and re-programmed. Today’s news (June 18, 2011) about
Satya Sai Baba’s (so-called godman’s) private room containing about 100
kilograms of gold, 300 kilograms of silver, and 12 crores of rupees (about
$2.67 million) and Baba Ramdev’s (another so-called godman’s) recent statement
about raising a private army in a democracy from his followers make very clear
that things are not what they need to be.
Mohammed of Moroco (I do not consider anyone in this world to be king,
queen, prince, or princess) talking today (June 18, 2011) about democracy while
clinging on to constitutional monarchy sounded like someone re-arranging chairs on the deck of Titanic.
It is true that many democratic governments are rampant with corruption due to
self-seeking politicians indulging in political horse-trading and lining their
pockets insensitive to the needs of their constituents who elected them. Most
of the world’s democracies are still in their infancy, therefore not mature,
and have a long way to grow into maturity. The few so-called democracies in
Islamic countries are theocracies in the cloak of democracies. In the past many
Christian nations were also such, but have painfully started emerging as
democracies. United Nations today (June 18, 2011) voted for the first time for
equal rights for persons with different sexual orientation. While China
abstained, I cannot understand Russia joining Islamic members of the UN Council
in voting against the resolution.
human being needs to be discriminated against on the basis of gender or gender
orientation. I also cannot understand why India, China, and Russia have not
joined other world powers in supporting democratic forces in Libya against a
dictator of some forty years. I maintain that a bad democracy is better than a
benevolent dictator or monarch. We have to go through the pangs of labor to
birth a democracy. For the short-term gain we cannot sacrifice the long-term
goal. We need to keep in mind Patrick Henry who said: “Give me liberty or give
me death”. We have to create basic structures before we can build on them.
Currently our education is geared to getting lucrative jobs. We do not have the
basic structures of thorough education and training for human relations, non-violent
conflict resolution, dispute mediation, living in a multi-cultural,
multi-religious society, civic living and civic sense and duties, respectful
disagreements and tolerance without compromising one’s values, ethics and
professional affairs, good manners, standing in a queue (for instance, while
driving, receiving service in a store or office). Kerala roads, for instance,
are most inclement circus venues for drivers in utter disregard for rules of
safety. Kerala drivers, most of whom are currently very uncouth, ignorant, and
selfish, can become the best drivers in the world if they follow some basic
traffic rules for safety. What I said about Kerala drivers holds true for most
drivers in developing countries. This problem is not seen in developed countries
because generally sufficient roads needed for the traffic are well laid out and
maintained. The developing countries are going through a transitional stage.
They have not mastered problems of littering, waste management, overcrowding of
vehicles on a few roads that are narrow, dangerous, and full of pot-holes.
world I would like to live in is a world where freedom, justice, equality,
love, fairness, thoughtfulness, kindness, compassionate relating, and empathic
living flourish. There is no physical or emotional abuse of any kind. Everyone is respected and everyone is given
one’s due. It is a mature democracy; it brings forth the best in every person
helping everyone to actualize and become what one is capable of; non-violent
conflict resolution, mediation rather than litigation, promotion of quality of
life through medical sciences rather than sheer prolongation of life prevail.
We have to get this world right lest we perish; we have to make it safe and
secure for us as well as for future generations.
About The Author
Dr. John K Thekkedam (Swami Snehananda Jyoti) spent most of his life as a clinical psychologist in USA. He began his public life as a Jesuit priest. Quite attracted in distinct philosophies, he left the society and founded 'East West Awakening'.