Issues of Our Time- the Purpose of History
Globalization is an issue facing the world. Learning how to resolve the differences between people has always proved to be difficult, especially with regards to crimes against Humanity.
The Numemberg Trials (1945) against Nazi War Criminals used a system of Trial and punishment... Justice. Whereas the Post Apartheid South Africa (1996) chose a route of forgiveness and reconciliation through truth and love with the TRC (Trust and Reconcilliation Commission) Although the emphasis of these methods differ, thier main goal was still the same:
"To increase public awareness of the crimes against humanity and in doing so prevent something similar from happening again."
And yet, after the 1990's two more cases of senseless genocide occured in Bosnia and Rwanda.
Brutal Murder. Senseless Massacres. Slaughter.
And I come to think- will we ever, learn? If history is the aggregate of past events and its purpose (according to ask.com) is "...to learn from it and not repeat mistakes made."
Then I ask myself. Will we ever, learn?
After the tragic events of World War II, the unspeakable horror, pain and suffering caused. The United Nations declared "Genocide" a crime. And yet, the world sat aside and did nothing as over 800 000 people died in Rwanda in a period of 100 days. The slaughter of millions of Bosnian Muslims in Bosnia.
What is the world coming to? The loss of humanity. The LOSS of HUMANITY, Do we blame it on Greed? The Selfish Man?
What has this world come to? Where we stand and stare another in the eyes as we cause them pain. As if the language of lies has become a universal one, there seems to no longer be a distinction between right, and wrong. As we deplete already non existent fish stocks. First World Countries throw away the lives of billions of people into their garbage can. Think about it- ones man rubbish is another's riches.
Are we beyond the saving point?
Have we really become so consumed by the want for more, bigger and better- that we are oblivious to the true meaning of life? Have we lost all sense of brotherhood. Where is the compassion? Has it been lost in translation and interpretation of the past? Will we ever, learn?
I'd like to end my article with the following quote:
The Dali Llama, when asked what surprises him most about humanity, answered: "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money . Then Sacrifices his money in order to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he doesn not live in the present of the future; he lives as if he is never going to die; and then dies never having really lived."