Are we at the End of Human Morality?
Certain forms of modern life lead directly to degeneration … [i]n the poor as well the rich, leisure engenders degeneration. Cinemas, concerts, radios, automobiles and athletics are no substitute for intelligent work. We are far from having solved this momentous problem of idleness created by prosperity, modern machinery or unemployment. By imposing leisure upon man, scientific civilization has brought him great misfortune. We are incapable of fighting the consequences of indolence and irresponsibility as cancer and mental diseases … after all the purpose of civilization is not the progress of science and machines, but the progress of man.” — Alexis Carrel (Man, the Unknown, 1935).
Global politics is fraught with manmade catastrophic tragedies. Man (human being) is supposed to be the most intelligent social animal on the planet. Yet, its proactive plans and deeds continue to dehumanize fellow human beings and engineer conflicts and wars that destroy the existence of mankind. The driving impulse is war economics, individualistic interest and militarization. We come to realize that politics is a game of pretension and always remains problematic. Politicians need problems to get public attention and to argue being the deliverers. Often, they are not, except being treacherous, cynical and deceitful to their ideas and ideals, and to the public interests they claim to serve.
Amongst all the creations on the planet Earth, humans are the only one to claim morality as an attribute of life and value. This reality emphasizes and differentiates us from other creations of Allah Almighty. If we propel uncertainty in our thoughts and behaviours, nothing can stop us from surpassing the limit of immorality and insanity. With knowledge-based 21st-century human communications improving global collaboration, we are not moving in the right direction that human logic and truth spell out for our conduct in peaceful relationships. The impulses and actions for cruelty and sadistic behaviour are increasingly culminating into alarming trends for the present and the future generations to be informed of our implicit wickedness and the resulting failure in global affairs. As humans, we are not thinking or moving for the unity of mankind to be at peace and harmony being the chief creation of God – unless we are overwhelmed philosophically to imagine that we are something else than humans populating the Earth by chance.
Global Institutions are a Menace to Human Change and Progress
The global warlords are waging wars in the name of peace and harmony. Humanity is being capsized and its interests undermined by the few for economic greed and militarization. The United Nations originated from the belief and commitment to avert futuristic wars by men of new ideas pursuing peaceful means, diplomacy and accountability to the global mankind. How sad and cynical it looks to view the succeeding generations entrapped again into the same mindset of warmongering and power politics as were the sadistic leaders before the two world wars.
The United Nations and its major organs have become ceremonial debating clubs and acting contrary to the essence and purposes of its Charter to focus on peace and conflict management. The global humanity feels tormenting pains and wants to foresee systematic change and development of a new global organization responsible to the global community, not the abstract Nation States. Like the past, once again few egoistic nations and leaders have manipulated the time and opportunities to dictate and undermine the interests of the mankind. The global humanity is the net object of their planned cruelty but without any meaningful role to challenge the few global warlords. America, Russia and few European nations find freehand to go anywhere and bomb the humanity at will. This is what exactly is happening in the broader Middle Eastern war theatre managed by global warlords. The UN and its Secretary General need to free themselves and enlarge their role and initiatives for conflict management and peacemaking outside the New York’s established box. Words and Charter’s core thoughts are repeated but actions are missing. The UN Security Council could finally visit the Rohingya refugee camps but failed to demand equal treatment from the Myanmar government. Strange, why the same UN Security Council cannot travel to ease tensions and bring much needed humanitarian peace between Palestine and Israel. Could it shirk its inherent responsibility for the mismanagement of the Middle East conflict? Sarah Lazare explains that “over the past five years, the United States was the top arms exporter in the world.”
Mankind in Search of Proactive Leaders
Leaders create leaders. Those overwhelmed with individualistic agenda could hardly find time and interest to think of the goodness of the larger humanity. They are enriched in casual allusion and politically shifting metaphor and never learn to be people-oriented leaders. It is the kind of political gangsterism to befool the masses and win elections for power politics. The 21st-century global politics have not produced any new leaders of vision and moral integrity to imagine the universal phenomenon of peaceful change and futuristic developments. There are no global organizations managed by people of moral and intellectual vision and courage to serve the interests of the global community. Man is a moral and intellectual being, articulating happiness and progress horizontally in peacetime, but when fear of the unknown, hatred and animosity attempts to govern the human consciousness, degeneration replaces progress. America and some European countries used to be the leaders of change and new strategies to envisage global friendship, coexistence and harmony of the mankind. If political greed and egoistic interest are the supreme force, how could they serve the interests and priorities of the global mankind for peace and harmony? At best, many world leaders could best be defined as “hangmen” of the 21st century. It is a frightening trend for the present and the future generations to imagine our time and role in human history.
The Middle East is being Scorched
The perpetual wars in the Middle East are fabricated and have gone out of proportion, challenging the human conscience and civilized values that once highlighted the human behaviour in conflicts. Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Libya are destroyed by political designs. Do you remember the paradoxes of history? Do you recall what Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi did to free Jerusalem and drive out the Crusaders from the ancient lands? Do you remember how Sultan Salahuddin treated his enemies – King Richard and others, even in the battlefield? Do you know that for ages the European feared Salahuddin – the Conqueror of Jerusalem? The contemporary Arab world is devoid of moral and intellectual leadership of any kind. They operate on a dead-ended scale without any role in global affairs. Jerusalem was not US property to be transferred to Israel; it belongs equally to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Yet, the puppet Arab leaders showed no moral courage to question President Trump for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. One wonders why the Saudi King signed contracts of 250 billion dollars and gave 100 million to Ivanka Trump when President Trump visited the region last August. It could well be witnessed by the raging sectarian wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. There is no coming of Salahuddin to rescue the entrenched Palestinians. After 70 years of Nakba, they still have no thinking plan, no leadership, no movement for change and freedom except reactionary emotional outbursts. When Jews lived with the Arabs in Spain (Al-Andalusia) for centuries, they were part of the Arab culture and advancements for the best of humanity. Europeans mistreated Jews but Muslims gave them the best for their protection and participation in Islamic civilization. Look, what Israel (the Jewish state) is doing to Palestine (Muslims).
In an opinion piece titled “60 Killed in Gaza and the End of Israeli Conscience,” Gideon Levy spells out the present reality for Israelis to think critically:
“On the night of the Palestinians’ slaughter, Zion exulted an embassy and a Eurovision. It’s difficult to think of a more atrocious moral eclipse … [t]he truth is that Israel is well prepared to massacre hundreds and thousands, and to expel tens of thousands. Nothing will stop it. This is the end of conscience; the show of morality is over. The last few days’ events have proved it decisively. The tracks have been laid, the infrastructure for the horror has been cast. Dozens of years of brainwashing, demonization and dehumanization have borne fruit. The alliance between the politicians and the media to suppress reality and deny it has succeeded. Israel is set to commit horrors. Nobody will stand in its way any longer. Not from within or from without … [i]f 60 stray dogs were shot to death in one day by IDF soldiers, the whole country would raise an outcry. The dog-slaughterers would be put on trial, the nation of Israel would have devoted prayers to the victims, a Yizkor service would be said for the dogs slaughtered by Israel … [t]he Israeli brain has been washed irrevocably, the heart sealed for good. The life of a Palestinian is no longer deemed to be worth anything.”
Towards Thinking of Future-making
We live on one planet Earth. What happens across the globe or in the remote jungles of Botswana and/or in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or the bloody streets of Kabul, Damascus and Baghdad, it is vital to global interests and cannot be ignored because European or American television networks do not portray it. According to the divine revelations, the Earth keeps record of all the human activities. The Earth is a living entity, not a dead one. There were many mighty, powerful and unchallengeable empires and nations in history. What happened to their self-perpetuated glory and triumphs except being part of the archaeological record? To all concerned, their artefacts and deadly remains do tell the real story. Most were destroyed by natural causes but the earth remains intact, not by the legislative power of any member states of the UN but certainly by the will of God. It operates and maintains balanced life for all regardless of ethnicity, colour, creed, religion and nationalism. Should we not care how we live, utilize and draw lifelong gains from the Earth? We the humans urgently need a rethinking to reflect on our plans and behaviours on how do we relate to Earth? It is an indivisible comprehensive relationship. The answer should help us to balance our life.
The future must not be the repetition of the past. Future-making does not lie with the warlords or with the failed global institutions. It is with the will and resolve of conscientious and well-informed global humanity to oppose the warlords and to articulate a more people-oriented, feasible future for the mankind that embraces coexisting in peace and harmony. Planned wars and military aggressions have failed to achieve any strategic goals except causing large-scale death and environmental destruction. Political thinkers, intellectuals and experts in conflict resolution must envision new strategies to avert the future wars. We desperately need a new United Nations to be articulated by the people of the world with no permanent members and no vetoes. It must be managed for the good of the global mankind, not the abstract nation states.
When could this historic change take place? If we realize to be one humanity living on one planet earth, its imagination could affect and balance our thoughts and behaviours. We must respect equal human rights and dignity of all on Earth. Do the superpowers (powerful nations) have a sense of indifference and bias toward the coloured and economically less advanced nations? In its 2014 Global Thinkers statistics, Foreign Policy (“A World Disrupted: The Global Thinkers of 2014”) pinpoints that “something big requires a team rather than an individual ….” To enhance global peace and to undo the continuing bogus war on terrorism, there is an urgent need for teamwork by all concerned across the globe. The teamwork, if undertaken with an unbiased mind and without preconceived notions, could usher sustainable change and a new beginning between those who claim to be at peace and somewhat superior to the ordinary folks and those who are fighting reactionary wars of freedom against insanity and catastrophic devastation of the human habitats. Under ‘Advocates’, the Foreign Policy notes:
“These Global Thinkers herald causes often wrongly considered inconsequential or verboten. They support forgotten victims of sexual violence, protect civilian targeted in internecine violence, count casualties in the fog of war, and demand legal protection for world’s most vulnerable migrants. Often these men and women – scholars, activists and religious leaders among them – do this work on their own peril and pay the price landing in court or in prison in some of the world’s most repressive countries. For all of them, however, the risk is worth the possible rewards.”