Civilization? or a Travesty of Civilization?
The world today is witnessing conflicts and bloodshed on a scale that if not unprecedented, is at least reminiscent of some of the darkest eras of human history. The frightening spectacle of the persecution and victimization of the human race by the human race, inevitably throws the concept of being civilized into an abyss of doubt and confusion.
One is compelled to reflect on the whole notion of civilization – can continuous persecution of sections of the humankind, expropriation of lands and expulsion of vast numbers of indigenous populations be attributed to a characteristic of being civilized? Yet the ‘civilized world’ not only allows all this to happen, but, by some perverted ideology and justification, supports it. This goes to the extent that those at the helm of political affairs consider acts of terror by States as appropriate and essential acts of defence. The question that naturally occurs to every rational human being is – Is this civilization or a travesty of such a dignified word?
Needless to say, the truly civilized people are at odds with such tendencies and happenings, but feel helpless to do much about it. But it is such mentality that induces inaction and apathy, which in turn accounts for why the good, in recent times, have not been able to hold sway over the evil.
Every individual, regardless of faith and race, is morally obliged to stand up for the noble cause of truth and justice; to defiantly expose and oppose the evil garbed in civilized garments, and do their utmost in checking the propagation of hate and the resultant crimes. After all it had been individuals in our glorious past who had resisted evil and effected miraculous changes in the world. History bears ample testimony that individuals in their individual capacities have played a huge role in the advance of noble causes. Whether it be the great works of art and literature, astonishing inventions of science or peace-oriented political revolutions, the result and impact, however great and timeless, were effected owing to the high aspirations and firm convictions of individuals.
Margaret Mead once stated, “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, they are the only ones who ever have.” And it was Dale Carnegie who said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”