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Dilemma of Modern Man – Peace becoming merely a dream.

If our thinking faculties lacks the requisite adaptability, flexibly and abilities to accept what we thought yesterday may not be the only realities then we are living in a kind of false world, as our thinking and approach towards life is no more dynamic. Most of mankind today for example is living with religious perceptions, created by scholars thousands of years ago, blindly believing as expounded by those minds of the past. Obvious result is that gradually mankind as a whole has divorced religion out of their lives, almost having given up on religion altogether. All 17-18th century scholars up to recent past e.g. Bertrand Russell turned completely atheists obviously making this impact on mankind as a whole, especially the so called educated Eliot. On the other hand there is a dangerous class of people emerging in all religions which has become too rigid in their centuries old ideologies, ending in a kind of extremist attitude mostly hostile towards all those who differ with them in their fixed ideas. This has resulted in religious fanaticism, referred as rise of Militant Piety by Karen Armstrong a scholar with spiritual approach in her thinking. A point of vital importance must not be overlooked here that those who have completely given up on religiosity don’t realize that they too have become exactly the same while opposing these fanatics, as rigid, in-accommodating and being on the other extreme; are also turning obviously to a same kind of extremism in their behavior towards anyone even if just trying to talk about religion. None of us realizes that those evil forces which always existed in one form or the other are taking the advantage of this situation, these opportunists like Pharaohs and modern day Hitlers, which by the way is continuing but in modern garb unidentifiable by most of us; are exploiting such elements to create havoc in the countries they intend to carry on with covert activities for ensuring the same old urge to dominate, a mad pursuit for hegemony as the only objective, an objective pursued by all past Pharaohs in one form or the other till to date. Words of Field Marshal Goering, a close associate of Hitler uttered before facing the gallows at Nuremberg might elaborate one aspect of the problem we are trying to unearth as to why humanity as a whole is suffering.

“Naturally the common people don’t want war. But after all, its the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, people can always be brought to the biddings of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to tell them you are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”

Hermann Goering, Hitler’s Reich Marshal, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.

Not only that many parallels can be seen in this statement and the prevailing situation in the modern world but the worst virus emerging are the new types of government systems after World War II, best described as the Corporatocracy and Econocracy, a monster worst than Pharaohic Designs.

This topic is of vital importance but really gigantic in its magnitude requiring a lengthy exposition, however our humble aim here is to awake from a slumber caused by a dangerous rigidity in our thinking and be more flexible to understand the realities in their true perspective, unless we have gone into a state of indifference, lack of interest and concern; suffering from growing menace like apathy, one of the results of a typical capitalist mentality. However there is a dire need to dig deep and unearth what is causing the world the only home we have, day by day turning into unsafe place for us all. Let’s identify our real problem, our real enemies, as a cliché in eastern language portrays the situation in these words, “the real snake actually is born and is being brought up in our own very sleeve”. If we start thinking about such trends as a natural phenomenon with no other option, then we just wait for the Dooms Day, which too is no more there in our dictionaries as eschatology too has merely become an academic matter not a reality any more as religion too has become a matter having no value, a matter too orthodox to even talk about. But let’s not forget same old Pharaohs are exploiting us all having enslaved us like the Children of Israel, though we are all but the Children of Adam, the biggest reality is that we as humanity are being divide today for their heinous ulterior motives, ready to make us kill and consume each other. Time is now to wake up from this slumber the same Pharaohs have put us into.

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Shifting Paradigms with the Passage of Time is a Necessity for Survival of Humanity.

Paradigm shift is becoming a dire need of the day with ever growing reality of the globalization of the world we live in, unless we do not start thinking in terms of humanity as a whole we are not growing with this great reality of the day. Past philosophers and great minds were grown in different environments like post renaissance period greatly differed with the latter. However we neither have got out of any past schools of thought nor have we developed any, for today’s world. Most of the recent books written are creating more chaos and causing wars of civilizations instead of creating environment for peace, at most what we see is mere analysis like geopolitics of emotions, addressing why and how mankind is suffering, giving no solutions.
Today’s mind in the age of big bang of communication era must grow to a level where it can perceive problems and look for solutions in altogether in a different pattern and paradigm, where one grows beyond an old age thinking of localized existence. We can only envisage a lasting peace if we now on start thinking with a global conscience as the world changing into a global village is but a great reality. No one can deny economy of one region, one country affects the others more closely than ever before in the history of mankind and like wise the other fields of life. Until mankind starts to think of an overall peaceful coexistence, general good of all mankind, there perhaps can not be any good prevailing in the whole world. In today’s world if we still want to breathe in a localized environment we will be choked. As such the very survival of humanity as a whole lies in developing an over all awareness, embracing the prevailing realities; systems will have to be developed where general good of all is ensured.
We may call it the law of nature or the design of The Creator but this family of Adam will have to start taking care and develop requisite empathy for all, else the humanity is doomed even before the Dooms Day. We in nut shell will have to start thinking of the betterment of others, preferring the peace for others alone for obvious reasons would ensure a lasting peace for all and this is not only the need of the day but an uncompromisable necessity, if mankind does not accept such realities, the nature won’t allow such scattered self eccentric society to exist, choice is still with us to CHANGE with the changing times or face the catastrophe, a natural outcome of disobeying the laws of nature, pointing to a great need of collective
responsibility through developing a collective conscience.
We will have to grow beyond a myopic set of thinking and start to accept the responsibility for others over and above our own; the day we reach such levels of empathy, only then do we have the chance to exist. If mankind thinks a fire in neighborhood won’t reach us one day we are naïve, living in a fools Paradise, when world has shrunk into a Global Village, the villagers will have to run to put off that fire and by the way not to save their own self but the one faced with the problem. Nature demands that we may look upon this phenomenon from the point of view of religious duty or with completely a secular approach but anyone using an iota of logic would agree that in the survival of one in the neighborhood is but the survival of all. This universal awareness developing universal norms and ethos is the need of the day for the very survival of the humanity. The first
Sign of this awareness is accepting a reality that we stop assessing an idea not by the criterion as to who is saying but what is being said.