One wakes up every day to the ever sad news of political tension. Tension between nations, or rivarly between political parties of a country. The latter being more prominent in Africa. We have already had World War I and World War II, and looking at the current trend of world politics, and all the talk and agitations on the subject of nuclear weapons, it is quite possible that WW III is not a question of whether it will occur, but when it will occur. And if WW III ever becomes a reality, in the words of Albert Einstein, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Unfortunately, humans seem to be the one specie that hits the same stone, not twice but umpteen times. We only ‘look’ but never seem to ‘see’ and learn from history.
Once I was in Cambodia, and I couldnt believe the terrible story of how the country’s economy and society had been destroyed by one, Pol Pot, a totalitarian dictator. I desired to probe further and know more about the character who had been able to hold a population of a nation spell-bound to what clearly were prepostrous policies. When I watched a video of his interview, Oh heavens, he spoke like an angel,so softly and innocently. How could such a nice, soft-speaking man have done all the terrible things, I thought to myself. He perhaps was sincere, but surely he was sincerely wrong!
Here it is, we live in a time when man has lost his moral campus. It is important to know that three things can destroy a society – whether at national, or global level:
1. The ‘Wig‘ – a judiciary system that is subservient to political powers. The greatest injustice to the population of any nation is having unjust Justices. Our world today is a quagmire of injustice. Young people today are so emmersed in their tablets and Social Media, and when they hear a news item, they interpret it in isolation of historical facts of what led to what is being reported today. When you read books like “The Great War for Civilisation” by Robert Fisk or “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins, you realise that there is more to current situations of the world than meets the eye.
2. ‘Chameleon‘, the politician. These are men who change ‘color’ according to situations which benefit them. It takes men of real integrity, focus, and sincerity to stir people in the right direction. Sadly, such people are quite rare in the modern world.
3. The ‘Pigeon‘, Big and Small pigeons. Pigeons, due to their natural ability to find their way back home, despite travelling long distances, were once useful as messengers. Here we are speaking about that thing called journalism! The big ‘Pigeons’, mainstream or state-controlled media, can often mislead people. Sadly masses of people view and define the world through the eyes of the Big Pigeon. Main stream or state-controlled media will tell you that a snake wants to hug a rat when you see it following one. And since we love peace, that is a good picture.On the converse, the challenge with private media is filter ing facts from exaggeration.
Well, what can we do? You and I – ordinary people who are often victims of powers that be – may not change the whole world, but we should be torches of Light in this dark world, wherever we may be. All that is needed, someone said, for evil to thrive, is for good people to remain quite. Let your life and words manifest a testimony of Truth. This can be in your household, your workplace, or wherever you are. Let people see that righteousness still exists. It is the Truth that sets free. “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free” the Lord said.
Have a blessed day.