Ignorance and Egoistic Leaders Destroying Mankind and the Living Earth
CURRENT AFFAIRS, 2 Oct 2023
Humanity is a Victim of Wrong Elite’s Thinking and Wrong Actions
The trajectory of economic wars causing destruction of Earth, phenomenal climate change, pollution and human habitats, and the coming of natural disasters – massive floods, continuous earthquakes and raging wildfires across the world and unknown impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemics are a staunch reminders that most advanced and cultured nations and people are on the wrong track of thinking, time and place. “Fear God” and ‘do not violate the covenants of peace and trust on earth’, the Divine reminders echoed by Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad – Prophets of God to humanity for peace and global brotherhood. Logically speaking, human beings could be effective role models for human progress, happiness and future-making. Whether modern or ancient, the abstract philosophy of ‘State’ formation is devoid of any solid foundation of belief in God or the covenants of the known Prophets. The leaders claiming to be chosen by democratic systems hardly converge on this reality or find time to think of God or the living Earth sustaining life and all that mankind would need to fulfill its reasoned sustainability – from oxygen to socioeconomic, material and spiritual future-making.
The leaders focus more on their “self”, their re-election and manipulation of power rather than the masses they claim to represent. Most often politicians are stage actors pretending to be role models of realism. Their unbridled ambitions and power unleash egoistic darkness and violent assumptions of hatred, secret intrigues for conflict making, and animosities and killings overwhelm the daily thinking process; a society – a nation no matter how normal claims to be, cannot function as normal beings to co-exist with their own self, the surroundings – in the human culture and make any positive contributions to human change and progress. Witnessing paradoxes of ignorance and political wickedness makes the mankind think as if living in stone ages. This state of affairs reflect complete societal thinking breakdown and march towards self-annihilation. Despite hollow claims, no moral and ethical behavior seen in the sudden and inexplicable plunge to human wickedness. Even the warmongers cannot predict what the end game is going to be. Evil happens when conscientious men do nothing. God created the Heavens and Earth as a trust to live and to flourish human generations since time immemorial. It was not meant to be bombed and destroyed by sheer ignorance and wickedness. Are we neglectful of our origin and encompassed reality?
Glory lives in the conception of human consciousness of goodness and honesty, not the warriors of genocide, robotic machines, weapons of wars and hollow aims of egoistic power and politics. The on- going war between Russia, NATO, the EU and Ukraine has far reaching impacts on imperatives of life across the globe – be it the oil, food grains, gas supply and peacemaking. But the vices and moral weaknesses of leaders are not invincible as ignorance and animosities could be replaced by nobler and more proactive visionary and competent leaders to resolve the conflicts. The unending war fast became an economic warfare – accelerated weapons sales to warring parties and money making. The Transcend Media Service – Norway, TMS (8/21/23), reports that the “top 5 US weapon contractors made US$196B in 2022.”
The on-going war in Ukraine and its wide range of global ripple effects – from the supply of gas, oil, grain deals, collaborative ventures in peaceful dialogue and the lingering suspicion of the threat of tactical nuclear weapons – all echo degradation of human values and soul, exhibit intellectual failure, universal chaos and socioeconomic miseries of innumerable multitude. Time and history are not going to wait for the few insane outrages, phony statements on human deaths and destruction unless we take this challenge in its time and opportunity to make things happen for change and for the best of all mankind.
Conflicts and Imperatives of Communication for Peace and Human Unity
Man by nature seems to be a ‘Contentious’ being. A rational conflict analysis and search for peace involves listening and learning to divergent viewpoints and finding a common place of reasoning without agreeing or disagreeing to halt the warfare. This shows effective communication and enlightened leadership traits. Modern technologically advanced wars kill people; destroy the Earth and its systematic working, human habitats and its ripple impacts entrap the future generations in psychological and intellectual captivity and dehumanization. Strangely enough, none of the Western leaders – be it the US, NATO or the EU had fostered a vision for a dialogue between Russia and Ukraine under some impartial auspices to ensure a reasoned outcome for a ceasefire and peace-making.
In all ages, people and nations claiming to be most powerful and transgressors manipulating the Earth and humanity were destroyed by the Laws of God and natural causes. Life and death are not legislative human issues. The message is clear: “It is He (God) Who gives Life and Death; And when He decides upon an affair; He says to it: “Be”, And it is.” (40: 68 The Qur’an). Have you not walked on the earth to learn how most powerful nations of the past were destroyed by the Will of God – asks the Divine Revelations?
All things exist in a mathematical order, whether we recognize it or deny it. So strange, we know all about other material things and scientific – technological developments but we are ignorant and arrogant to learn about life and death, our own origin and existence on a living planet. How could we imagine peace and harmony among ourselves when we bomb and destroy each others with weapons of destruction as if we were not the human kind but some kind of animals without any sense of rational thinking?
The Earth Is Living and We, the People Are Its Trustees to Protect It
The Earth is a living entity and is meant for us – the human beings. The Divine warning (Chapter 7: 56: The Qur’an), is self-explanatory: Do no mischief on the Earth after it hath been set in order, but call on God with fear and longing in hearts; For the Mercy of God is always near to those who do good.
We live on earth that sustains all forms of living things, yet human ignorance and arrogance are at work to destroy the essential foundation of our own lives. Weapons of wars are the weapons for mass destruction and are being used without any sense of responsibility and accountability. We, the people are rational beings with a choice of righteousness or wickedness to act in human affairs.
The creation of Earth, Moon, the Sun and all working systems are a trust to humanity. Have We, the People, We, the Humanity honored and protected that natural trust and its obligations? In a recent article (“Conflict Beyond Reason: a dialogue to end the war is desperately needed”): https://www.uncommonthought: 7/26/2023: this author encompassed the truth not for geological or meteorological explanations but for the understanding of fellow human beings that the earth spins at1670 km per hour and orbit the Sun at 107,000 km per hour. Imagine, if this spinning fails, what consequences could occur to the living beings on Earth. Think again, about the average distance of earth from moon is 93 million miles -the distance of Moon from Earth is currently 384,821 km equivalent to 0.002572 Astronomical Units – (https://www.newscientist.com/question/fastearthspin/#ixzz7C8p37S9X). If this God given system of distance between the Earth-Sun and the Earth-Moon were ever to change, there will be no sign of life, human civilizations or habitats left on Earth.
The emerging wars and destruction of Earth and human habitats are blatant violations of that TRUST between Man and the Creator and call for awakening of human conscience and soul: “Truly Man is to his Lord, ungrateful and that (fact) he bears witness (by his deeds.): 6-7: 100: The Qur’an).
You as human being as One Humanity has one origin – why can’t we co-exist in peace and harmony?
Are the Global Leaders Ignorant of Making Peace and Conflict Resolution?
If the Russian, American, Ukrainian and NATO’s leaders are honest, proactive and accountable to the global community, they would urgently need new creative strategic thinking to cope with multiple layers of political conflicts and humanitarian crises and to find peaceful and workable solutions away from the entrenched political box of the few global warmongers. Recently, this author proposed a strategic framework of dialogue for peace to global leaders to resolve the conflict : https://www.uncommonthought.com/mtblog/archives/2023/07/26/conflict-beyond-reason-a-dialogue-to-end-the-war-is- desperately-needed.php
The challenging truth arising from the emerging conflicts and leadership failure calls for rejection of the violent assumptions of militarization and egoistic triumphs by acts of genocidal plans. We, the People of global humanity ask the conscientious leaders to listen to the voices of reason for an immediate ceasefire between Russia-Ukraine and stop the acceleration of military confrontations on all fronts.
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in international relations-global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest book: Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution: Approaches to Understand the Current Issues and Future-Making, Lambert Academic Publications, Germany, 2017.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 2 Oct 2023.
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