How much mentally chained people can be in 21st century,world ?
By M Saleem Chaudhry
When I read,or listen to the outpour of volatile thinking of extremists and fanatics ,immersed in biases,prejudices and fixations of all types even tinged with hatred and despise , I wonder,How much mentally chained people can be in 21st century,world ,termed as a global village?
This makes me think that the biggest challenge for the enlightened leadership of the world is to emancipate mentally, from biases,prejudices and fixations of all types, as many people and as early as possible .
This turn will call for making them learn to forgive,as is advocated and promoted by my friend,Proff.Dr.Frederic, Stanford University, through his book,the best seller,"Learning to Forgive" and seminars. I happened to meet and listen Dr. Fred in the meeting of Rotary club of San Jose,ca wherein he was the guest speaker, last year.
I've written a blog on," learning to forgive" in Telegraph London to stir discussion and promote this thinking but I feel much more and by many more this needs to be promoted and propogated to make this world a better place to live in.
I was incited to write this article after reading an avalanche of emotionally loaded and seething feelings ,generated by the address of President Obama for ordering probe in to mass grave of allegedly 2000 Afghan prisoners of war
while being transported in comtainers like sardines, in Afghan war in 2001. He actually wanted to know what was the role of U.S forces and/or NATO in that sad and bad happening? He has not so far defined the line of action after the results of probe are available but many fanatics have let loose a series of diatribe , just for ordering probe in to a historical sad event. Prime Minister of Japan sought apology from the people of China and South Korea for the misdoings of his predecessors during world war 11. It didn't cut down the stature of P.M nor it humiliated people of Japan but eased the nerves of aggrieved people,draining much of hatred and despise. Repentence,confession and seeking forgiveness are all in correspondence with the teaching of all religions,particularly Christianity and Islam.
If the people turn bigots, it's a kind of mental ebberation not in correspondence with the ethics of any good society or nation.
Let every conscientious-minded person across the world commit to work for the mental emanicipation from biases,prejudices and fixations of all types to make this world a better place to live for humanity at large.