It’s not a world of peace I once dreamed of.
It is not a world of plenty that science once promised.
It is not a world of love and caring that religions preach.
It is not a world of tolerance imagined by the Enlightenment.
It is not a world of social justice idealized by philosophers.
It is not a world of compassion preached by religionists with a heart.
It is not 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 to the poor and the weak reigns unchecked.
It’s a world where callousness still prevails.
It’s a world where the cacophony of conflicting sounds dins aloud.
So I say this is a horrible world after all.
But which evil being has made it so?
Which miscreants caused it to become so?
Which criminals made the world such as it has become?
What are the forces that have transformed the world into its current horror-state?
Who are the beneficiaries of this degradation?
Who rejoices in this dismal state?
The real culprits remain silent and intractable.
But even if one knows what and what 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 imagines oneself as a victim.
In that self-pitying conviction one points the finger at others.
A white supremacist or an Al-Qaida terrorist,
A Tibetan refugee or a sufferer in the Congo,
An Israeli or a Palestinian,
A Hindu in India or a Christian in Nigeria,
A Sunni in Iran or a Shia in Yemen.
An Algerian in France or a Sufi in Mali,
One points to perpetrators that make the world a terrible place.
Every finger-pointer has arguments to present a case against evil mongers.
The defendants never acknowledge their role in making this a terrible world.
And that’s the rub!