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by Basil Springer
“My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when He corrects you. For the LORD corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a baby in whom he delights.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)
Each country on the earth is primarily profiled by its land, marine footprint and its people.
Its land is often fixed in area but could also be adjusted by erosion or reclamation. Its maritime borders are determined by the Law of the Sea.
A rustic must protect, conserve and manage its environment (land and maritime assets) in addition to land use for agricultural, business, industrial, institutional, faith-based, fishing, forestry, natural, parks, recreational, residential, sport and tourism purposes.
The event objective of a rustic is to attain a prime quality of life index, which is correlated with the way of life desired by its people.
Our people elect a government based on a manifesto which generally espouses policies influenced by capitalism or socialism (or a mixture thereof). The federal government then manages the environment and the people to attain the country’s desired way of life.
Our individuals are our best asset and we must develop them (emotionally, intellectually, financially, physically and spiritually) to the fullest to present the country the perfect likelihood of achieving its development objective. Government must determine the optimal population size (local or imported), which supplies the country the perfect likelihood to creatively exploit its resources towards sustainability.
Then come the various countervailing forces of destruction.
Domestic violence is indicative that something has gone unsuitable within the family unit which is the first constructing block in society.
Violence in schools, which is indicative of lack of appreciation for our fellow human beings, might be resulting from a mixture of flaws in the house environment and the first school educational system.
The drug culture, one other present day pandemic, might be addressed if there is powerful political will and international cooperation.
Greed is brought on by narcissistic behaviour and a desire to live beyond your means.
Corruption, the need to channel public funds into private bank accounts, reflects a weak moral foundation.
War often occurs when selfish power-hungry despots – with access to arms, nuclear and chemical weapons – are unable to assist themselves prevent the disease of domination.
We liken this destruction to a cloud of darkness which hovers over all societies. To mitigate the speed of destruction we must adopt the art of finding light amidst the darkness as has been elucidated by many an writer.
May I draw your attention two quotes from the next eminent thinkers of our past:
“And is that this power benevolent or malevolent? I see it as purely benevolent. For I can see, that within the midst of death life persists, within the midst of untruth truth persists, within the midst of darkness light persists. Hence, I gather that God is Life, Truth, Light. He’s Love. He’s the Supreme Good.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can try this. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can try this.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
The reply is for every human to affix forces with others and collectively draw on that inner light and do the suitable thing.
This Easter season, allow us to keep in mind that “He’s Risen”. Love, compassion, peace, faith and hope remind us that, amidst the darkness of turmoil in families, inside nations and between nations of the world, hope springs everlasting because the inner light fills the hearts of human beings with a fresh cause for optimism.
Basil Springer GCM is a Change-Engine Consultant. His email address is [email protected] His columns could also be found at www.nothingbeatsbusiness.com.