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Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Emphatic Civilization?

This is one of the things that I question myself nowadays.

The presenter was Jeremy Rifkin, a social and ethical prophet and a political adviser. And this clip is from, one very good site with such presentations with clear illustrated mind maps.  

I am hoping for something like that in my lifetime, though it sounds idealistic. We'd been talking about the caring society who really helps the broken and the needed, as well as being told in our society and our religions to love one another and care for the needy. Besides, we were being told and moved to donate to those who are victims of war and natural disasters all the time, as well as to promote peace. 

But then, why the world never changes, despite our technologies have been advancing over the years? As what the author said, we'd been trying to find our true identities, and slowly we'd been evolving from families, to religious/theistic identity to national identity (like 1Malaysia). Well, religion and patriotism have only managed to unite one region of people, and they usually contradict each other, though they provide good values to a certain extent. 

The old appeals to racial, sexual, religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalist fervor are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet.   - Carl Sagan 

The TRUE identity of us is, we're one human race - 1Human species - homo sapiens/homo empathicus. We have grown from our ancestors' conciousness which we may refer to as "barbarism" (like when they were sending some people into the Coliseum and see them fight to the death - when compared today we're seeing Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard playing football, what do you feel?

Of course in order to change, idealistically speaking, we have to change and remove our business mindset. Money is such a delusion when you check in the process called Creation of Money. The banks are just creating debts. 

That is what I'm hoping for - a moneyless, caring society which is resource-based. The current world has witnessed billions of people are facing hunger and poverty. We can actually do something about it. Instead of complaining, why not discuss those problems and provoke these thoughts to others to question the system itself? 

If things can't change, then ask yourself, why in the 1960s, Americans are able to overcome the influence of their Vietnam War propaganda? Why in the past we are able to surpass all racial statements and criticize the Apartheid policy? Why the people in the former Soviet Union managed to overthrow the corrupted Communist government? 

Well, it's plain easy - the ideology of humanity is growing. We want peace and harmony. Life is short, and we only live it once, why not give us a chance to love one another and to cherish each other? As what the author said, we're designed for affection and companionship, NOT violence and all the anti-social bullcraps. 

P.S - I don't believe in anarchism, in case you ask, unless humans really know how to make use of technology for the use of automated labour to replace human labour. For now, we need a leader, it's just that we don't know who's corrupted and who's not. Ever since my 2nd semester in my Journalism course, I developed a sense of Neo-Marxism towards the world we're currently living in. Having such ideology in mind further increased my understandings about this planet. 

In case you assume me as a secularist, sorry, I'm a Christian- Humanist. I do believe in God's existence, but then we shouldn't be just preaching about God's words, we should practice it. Our religions teach us to love one another, don't they? 

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