A RUDDERLESS WORLD AND THE SOLUTION
Visit the following link on ‘A Rudderless World’ by Kishore Mahbubani appeared in the New York Times on 18-8-2011.Then visit the comments given below:
Comments and a possible solution:
Today the world is at cross roads in more or less on all substantial matters. Present day materialism emanating from the all pervasive ever increasing consumptive developmental capitalism devoid of environmental concerns and the very origin of life (from nature) is driving humanity and natural life / processes on earth on seemingly verge of distruction/ confusive blocked road path- with wide desparity in income and wealth between 0.1%(or 1%) of population vs. balance population resulting in social tensions, despair and pain everywhere around the globe- besides exstinction of a variety of species on earth with global warming and other unknown perhaps man made errors/mishaps/distructive methods? Humanity today seem to feel/conclude that life processes can be explained completely by materialist scientific processes going from RNA-DNA and to the appropriate knowledge in genetic bio-chemistry etc. A vast number of issues regarding life processes are yet to be explained by science like -brain functioning,many para-normal phenomenon, what is consciousness? what is awareness? what is life? what is orgin of life?etc. Can science give conclusive unquestioned theories on these vital issues on life? Can statistical oriented scientific methods lead humanity to safe,peaceful and harmonious knowledge for survival and peaceful&harmonious existance of humanity/ life processes on earth? Scientific methods used- are a bit on the verge of adventurism from the point of view of life in its consciousness? Adventurism has brought humanity to certain safe zones like invention of vaccines, anti-biotics, preventive medicines,curative medicines etc. resulting in increase of life expectancy all over the globe? Besides inventions in many areas like in science, technology and Engineering in various areas of human existance have generally improved the material living standards of humanity around the globe in general? But it could not address the problems of wellness/happiness,fulfillment in life and safety of humanity&life in general on earth as seen from the ever dangerous environmental problems humanity and life processes are facing today on earth?
Where as spiritualism taught humanity the methods of harmony with nature ? The spiritual symbolisms of various regions/religions have kept the tampering of nature by man in check over a long period? But with the advent of ‘industrial revolution’ advances in- mathematics, science, technology and engineering grew giving rise to various facilities/ tools for human consumption around the world-be it in infrastructure,in offices, in homes and with individuals with various gadgets/tools and facilities. There seems to be a feeling at various levels of societies around the globe that the knowledge/infrastructure/tools/facilities created by humanity is the ‘master’ and can save humanity. Is humanity becoming ‘slave’ to the tools it created?(like various technologies-be it internet,automation,advances in life sciences etc.) or is humanity ‘master’ over everything conceivable except perhaps the un-understood spirit/ god –the all pervasive? Is spiritualism of the past still relevant and useful to humanity? Yes, it is still relevant and useful to not only humanity but also to all the life processes on earth – part of which is humanity? Just as you have materialist connection as perceived / postulated by genetic evolutionary sciences giving explanation as to how life evolved and evolving on earth including humans- spiritualism is all-pervasive and interconnected perhaps with everything- objective and subjective? It is a great feeling of inter-connection connecting all life processes including humans on earth and with the universe and its processes. Spiritualism gives its own symbolisms/signals for life on earth to be used for its survival,balancing and growth. Higher order life especially humans can use these signals effectively for safety and survival of life on earth. Basically this is a smart solution to the jinxed/complicated problems of life on earth -whereas materialist solutions are tedious , round about and time consuming? Only spiritualism could give reasonable holistic explanation of-what is life? what is consciousness? what is awareness and other higher end knowledge which it is difficult to get from materialist methods of science so far?
As far as humanity is concerned at the highest level of conscious thinking-materialist science is one tool and spiritualism and its methods are another tool? Which means humanity in its highest level of existance is the ‘master’ (aham brahmsmi meaning I am devine) and all knowledge stops there at him/her. That level/state of existance is called by various names by different religions. In any case at present stage of societies around the globe, humanity can not escape from religious feelings/ knowledge at the gross ground level? Any solution for various problems at various levels of societies can not ignore this aspect, if one is serious about humanity and its suffering?
There could be many other tools apart from materialism and spiritualism? But humanity seems to have not grown to that stage? Besides humanity is drifting and not using already available spiritual knowledge and got entangled with materialist methods not knowing how to proceed?
The various problems one sees in various arenas of human existance like -life from the perspective of – politics, economics,business,science,social problems, legal/justice problems, people movements etc- are part of the wholistic total?
It is clear from an observation of various societies around the globe that communism had failed and now captialism has failed? Both promised great hope to a great many people around the globe? One may argue that they are still workable and that good solutions are possible from them? Yes, but they have their own systemic fatigue and limitations and the parts seem to have worn out making their life quite limited? Any intelligent solution should be innovative and different from them but use their base if needed for human well being? Which makes one to go to the roots of human thinking and evolution from various angles(materialist , spiritualist and lateral)?
Capitalist democracies promised the concept of democracy- of people, by people and for people for public good but overall they are nowhere in sight with 0.1%(or 1%) of population dominating and running their societies through the sheer power of their wealth, the possession of which is questionable from present day point of view as to what is their contribution to the creation of that very wealth which is giving them that power to control others(99%)? Communism promised equality, dignity, comraderie, quick development,peace, harmony, liberty etc.? But they are no where in sight around the globe? Today communist societies are dominated by a few families or the progenies of the leaders of those mass movements which brought them to power by annihilating or over throwing the so called bourgoeisie/captialist class as they are called? There is vast in-equality in wealth and incomes of various sections of society? Here also the 1% and 99% social sections have evolved?In communist states the 1% is very brutal in its suppression of the 99%? No free voting? The 1% or 0.1% decides everything? What they think good is good for everybody? No questions asked? If questioned , concentration camps or jail or death will be awaiting the questioner? Perhaps, this is not what the foot soldiers were/are promised when they took the gun sacrificing their life in the name of revolution?
Both capitalist and communist systems are at cross roads or humanity in general is at cross roads from a holistic point of view ? People everywhere are craving for justice? There is unbearable pain and despair everywhere around the globe? Both capitalist and communist states have taken power by citing the concept of public good and have become indifferent to people’s problems resulting in despair and pain everywhere around the globe as felt by the 99% of the population? The religious states/institutions were/are accused for the 0.1% of population controlling the rest in the name of god/faith and public good which they failed to do over centuries and hence were thrown out by capitalism and subsequently by communism. Besides inter religious wars of yester years gave raise to more pain and despair rather than salvation to the masses?It left great un-bearable animosity between masses of various religions? Besides the wars- direct/cold between capitalism and communism has left/leaving bad taste and suffering for the masses in both systems and no solution seems to be in sight? Now both capitalism and communism are exactly facing the same situation for themselves as faced by religious states in a different way at a different level?The deadly wars fought over the years has created a sense of mistrust among people of various regions /religions /sects? Besides the military industrial complex created in the economically developed world,military hardware available everywhere around the globe and tampering /manipulation of genes in creating new species or modified species is leading the world towards dangerously uncertain situations with no/ inadequate checks and balances and accountability for universal public good? There is a tendency to treat life as a machine and/ matter or a commodity? This is a very dangerous situation. Is mankind becoming or tending to become a slave to the instruments- be it knowledge or physical tools like military hardware it created? Is mankind in control of the situation? Has mankind got necessary wisdom to be the ‘master’ (aham brahmsmi meaning I am divine) to control the tools (knowledge, instruments etc ) it created? Can elected representatives possess this wisdom? Are human societies capable of generating such leaders? Who is there to access the risks involved since the whole of mankind today is travelling in the same single boat?In order to face these seemingly dangerous situations the world is encountering today, mankind has to look for alternate paradigms for safe,peaceful, harmonious existance and well being?
Hence there is a need for paradigm shift in our thinking,faiths,beliefs,attitudes and behaviour for achieving peace, harmony, synergy, justice and development everywhere by developing appropriate knowledge,skills,systems and processes with minimum laws and least policing starting from the basics i.e. what is truth or nature of truth? knowledge/nature of knowledge? and what is life or origin of life and/ thought?-to mitigate pain and despair everywhere around the globe?For a possible vision and a hazy road map and for more material please visit the links given below:
(comments are my personal views)
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