Friday, December 28, 2007
Still Searching After All These Years 2
A Vision for Humanity 1
That great and wise beings have trodden and still do tread on this earth is obviously beyond doubt. That they were and still are in a very small minority is also beyond gainsaying. We need only call to mind such great and wonderful human beings like Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, Siddartha Gautama or the Buddha, also known as Shakyamuni Buddha, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Anwar Sadat or Oscar Romero to mention several from the annals of human history to illustrate this point. That some of these mentioned above have been sanitized or otherwise raised to transcendent heights is beyond denial, but this fact is irrelevant to my present comments. I am merely alluding to their ability to plumb the depths and to scale the heights of what it means to be human; to advance either by active engagement with the world or by written or recalled reflection possible meanings for life and living and their ability to envision projects that would enhance humanity and the world of which it is a seminal part. To a great extent these individuals, therefore, have become great symbols of wisdom.
There are, thankfully, still a small but significant number of these leading individuals in this much suffering and oh so unequal world. Other luminaries of wisdom still living thankfully that come to my mind randomly as I type these words are the wonderfully brave Aung San Suu Kyi who is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar (formerly Burma), and a noted prisoner of conscience (who has been under house arrest for years now) and a marvellous advocate of nonviolent resistance in concord with her Buddhist beliefs, and then the retired and venerable politician and wonderful human being Nelson Mandela. Consequently, one of the links on this blog is to a wonderful group of such contemporary visionaries and symbols of hope in this often despairing world, viz., The Elders, which grouping comprises these wonderful souls: Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, our own Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan, Graça Machel, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Fernando H Cardoso, Li Zhaoxing, Muhammad Yunus and Aung San Suu Kyi. Like me, you will probably not know most of these wonderful people, but click on the link for The Elders on the right side of my page among the given links and you will learn all about them and their wonderful vision for the future of humankind.
Above I have placed a picture I took of an Italian crib in the Procathedral Dublin last Christmas, Christmas 2006