Language : English | Author : Thomas Menamparampil
|Book Name :||Becoming Agents of Togetherness|
|Weight (In gms) :||70|
|Book Ref Number :||ISBN 81-89851-56-X|
|Number of Pages :||72|
Is the world falling apart? It was not long ago that the Soviet Union which seemed to ‘stride the world like colossus’ broke into splinters. The same thing happened Yugoslavia. Czecho-Slovakia divided, so did Pakistan. While the two parts of Germany and Vietnam succeeded coming together again and to put their painful past behind them, distance between South and North Korea seems to growing. Apart from such fissiparous tendencies in different states around the world, there are clashes over class, ideology, ethnicity, caste, cultures, language, religion, gender, political interests, mineral resources or market rivalry. There are also, neighbourhood tussles, domestic quarrels, social tensions, ethnic jealousy, urban violence, and communal anger… all finding expression in aggressive vocabulary, shrill voices, threats, violent protests, prophetic denunciations, and bomb blasts. There are again deadly competitions over personal and group interests, conflicts of ideas and ideologies, action groups, authority-subject relationships and movement leaders; political violence, accusations of corruption and counter-accusations of scams; digital warfare and cyber aggression; everything leading to an impression of an all against all situation, as though truly ‘Man is a wolf unto Man,’ homo homini lupus. Where is my position in this unhappy situation? Why was I not in Hiroshima at 8.15 A.M. on August 6, 1945, or Bhopal at 11.30 A.M. on December 3, 1984? Would I have been interested at least then in such questions? Is there a possibility of another world where these things will not easily happen? Is strife the only law in nature? Centuries ago thus sang an Indian poet, “A bard am I, my father a leech, and my mother a grinder of corn. Diverse in means, but all wishing wealth, alike for cattle we strive” (Rig Veda x). Today our strife is perhaps for cash, not cattle; but it has persisted. Let us ask ourselves: is self-interest the only motive in human beings? Can my advantage be pursued only at the expense of yours? Do we not as human beings belong together? Can we not come together for our common benefit? Can we look forward to a time when prophetic persons will arise among us who will consider it their mission to bring peoples and communities together?
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