The Perplexing Predicament

Oh but what’s this world coming to!

It’s not a world of peace I once dreamed of.

Nor a world of plenty that science once promised.

Nor a world of love and caring that religions preach.

Nor a world of tolerance imagined by the Enlightenment.

Nor a world of social justice idealized by philosophers.

Nor a world of compassion preached by religionists with a heart.

Nor a world of harmony envisioned by idealists.

No, the world is none of these.

But it’s a horrid one.

It’s a world where wars never cease.

It’s a world of diminishing resources.

It’s a world where hate and hurt inspire countless hearts.

It’s a world where one doesn’t brook contrary views.

It’s a world where gross injustice reigns unchecked.

It’s a world where callousness is rampant.

It’s a world where the cacophony of conflicts dins aloud.

So I say this is a horrid world.

Which evil being has made it so?

Which miscreant caused it to become so?

Which criminal made the world such as it has become?

What  forces have transformed the world to its horror-state?

Who benefits from this degradation?

Who rejoices in this dismal state?

Who knows?

The real culprits are silent and intractable.

Even if one knows who they are, who will dare to tell?

Yet, many dare to tell.

Therein lies part of the problem.

Every one points the finger at someone else.

Everyone  sees himself as a victim.

In that self-pitying conviction one blames others.

White supremacists and Al-Qaida terrorists,   

Tibetan refugees and sufferers in the Congo,

Israelis and Palestinians,

Hindus in India and Christians in Nigeria,

Algerians in France and Sufis in Mali,


Everyone is a victim and a perpetrator.

So all make the world a terrible place.

Every finger-pointer has arguments

to present a case against evil mongers.

The accusers never acknowledge

their role in making this a terrible world.

And that’s the rub!

August 14, 2012

Published by:

Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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