|An angry protestor|
Democracy, justice, human rights, freedom, people and good governance has no practical meanings now. It all seems like an illusion, or it actually is. People have been tangled from their lives with its power. Carried away by the delusiveness, people tend to forget their values and principles. The greater illusion, all systems combines, cost the greater values of human beings perhaps.
Few years ago in Maldives, it was an absolute shame to defame even someone you hate the most. But now it has become a fashion where people actually compete presenting the shame in the filthiest way possible. From social media to mainstream, from coffee tables to large forums - the common words exchanged are filth and bogus. Unaware of the consequences, our society is drifting away from human ethics, and towards debris of enmity.
All because of political extremism, are we compromising good will and love for each other?
Our society failed to promote values and principles because we are too busy promoting ideas and one’s dream. Therefore we lack good values such as ‘respect’ and ‘understanding’. Democracy and political activism we seek today can never be constructive without these values. So isn’t this like pissing into the wind?
Where did we go wrong I don’t wonder, but I would rather wander around history to know why.
We have always been a very submissive community ready to comfort the authorities; modestly obedient and passive, except for very few rebellious people by nature. Until very recently, we bought every tip by the authorities. We were fed to design our mindset towards then the existing system - where one dictates just anything and everything; from our nutrition to education, from our fitness to tidiness. Then we were suppressed and coached on conformity.
When things began to change in this community, it was by a wave of vengeance, hatred and extreme revolt.
Since our mind was submissive, we tend to submit our minds to most appealing ideas that came along with the wave, or rather floated over the smoke. People who had agendas began nonstop advertisements of those. We were all distracted from our daily lives. Those who buy an idea, they only hear, see or speak of it. There was no idea which was built upon respect and understanding. They were all built over personal vendetta and hunger for power and fortune.
Be not surprise to see rats in large groups following the Pied Piper to sea, or marionettes more than the spectators dancing to their masters. They are all victims of their own actions and judgments.
Our only hope could be the next generation. We need to nourish their soft minds with great values and principals advertised in Islam – guide them towards building a civilized society where everyone understands the importance or respect, and respect the understanding of each other.