When will there be peace in Christmas?
Photo : Paras Ramoutar
Some 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ came on earth and presented a spiritual manifesto to all mankind, thereby further entrenching the concept of today’s Christianity.
In his masterpiece sermon, the Beatitudes, which is now commonly called the Sermon on the Mount, he elucidates particularly, “blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God”.
Does this statement have any meaning and significance in today’s world society inclusive of Trinidad and Tobago. It is now a worldwide phenomenon —terrorism, wars, the issue of climate control, trade wars, financial instability, among a host of other inadequacies – all of which continue to plague and cause social imbalances and the disruption of goodwill and happiness to all mankind.
Maybe, in the Beatitudes, Christ did not think of Brexit, crime in Trinidad and Tobago, and Donald Trump in the White House!
The world is certainly a different place 2,000 years before today.
We in Trinidad and Tobago are having a challenging time with unchecked murders, and I dare not give a figure as it would certainly nullify this article.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, much to his credit, pontificated at the beginning of 2017, that this year would end up with approximately 500 murders. So true.
This country has to move with a new sense of maturity, fellowship and eternal love that must spring from our hearts as we have to rebuild our society, and by so doing, our civilization. The spirit of Christmas must not be given permanence on December 25 annually. It must form a new dynamic and be formative in our well-being as members of the human race.
Every day, especially Christmas we toast for total peace, sign truce, law and order in our society. But that call, usually erupts into murder and mayhem.
What is the prescription for the call to order of sanity, respect and eternal peace?
We in Trinidad and Tobago, with our cosmopolitan make up, supported with the overflowing stock of multi-cultural, religious and ethnic make-up, must demonstrate now to start the trek to a new beginning of civility, concord and harmony. Trinidad and Tobago needs that paradigm now, or we would have to continuously live in fear, hate, malice and total disrespect for country, system, and governance process.
We cannot and must now allow our society to the level it has now peaked.
Family life and fervent religious practices must now take over the decadence in our society. Our great seers, masters, philosophers and have all prescribed a new utopia for all, but we always through the graces of politicians and leaders, shirk from this posture. That must be changed with all the urgency at our command.
We have to stringently claim the concept, “reverence for life”, if only the criminals would take time off their schedule and rethink and recalibrate their minds to one of peace and goodwill to each other. Oh, how this would become a blissful place as Christ enunciated.
In these troubled times, we have to recoup ourselves and save our generation and future ones from this genocide which swirls the globe.
Noted philosopher and thinker, Aldous Huxley, writes in the introduction to the Bhagvad Gita that man’s life on earth has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his Eternal Self with knowledge of the Divine Ground, and that man possesses a double nature, a phenomenal ego and an Eternal Se, which is the inner man, the spirit, the spark of divinity with the soul.
It is time that we forget about the several Ten Point Plans flushed at election, all of which should be properly affixed in the waste paper basket.
Ours is a society engulfed in crisis of all descriptions. Now we have to move to the next level and call in our faith-based organizations—Christian, Hindu and Muslim-- and commence a new dialogue to save this nation from further fracture and disorientation. The politicians are not the only ones to change the course of this nation, and our religious leaders must descend from the pulpits and try and reawaken a new consciousness.
In the coming year, 2018, there must be another approach to crime as it is now that we have overcome this anomaly. Let us try an ecclesial encounter with all the religious groups. Let there be communication with each of these groups at very regular intervals and try to save this nation from further disarray and disintegration.
Let’s all do it together. But not the PNM Way!