Humans Slowly Evolving into Machines?by Opinion Express February 4, 2019 0 comments
We all dream of a better world where there is peace, happiness and harmony, don’t we ? No one wants degradation of environment, loss of human lives due to wars and murders, corrosion of human spirit by crime and corruption, dehumanisation through poverty and troublesome social, economic and political conditions, embroiled with high tension and turmoil that drain human energy and make life miserable.
On the contrary, all of us would prefer life to be characterised by harmony and health, well being and wealth as well as happiness and purity. But the question is, what are those values and how can such a socio-politico-economic system be established which has them so as to enhance human experience and enable men and women to have such a lifestyle that can make such a society viable?
Looking around, it can be said that much of the conflict in the society today, is due to lack or absence of tolerance.Yes, it is tolerance of difference in views, diversity of religious beliefs and cultures, plurality of races and nations that brings about unity and co-operation and that, in turn, leads to making concerted efforts for the amelioration of the miserable condition of the world. But open-mindedness or unity cannot exist or survive alone. In fact, no value or virtue can stand alone and by itself. In case of liberalism, there is either some common purpose that holds people in unity or there is an urgent common need, waiting to be fulfilled, that impels or compels people to tolerate each other. But even if there is a common purpose and need, tolerance becomes shaky, weak, emaciated and even dead if there is suspicion about a person’s motives or a doubt about his intentions or even an awareness of a lack of human values like honesty, sincerity and sympathy and, above all, lack of the spirit of co-existence and fellow-feeling in the person.
In our lifetime, we come across many variables and variants and one requires spiritual strength to tolerate those who have violence, obsession and inhuman tendencies as their constant and inseparable companions. Tolerance is easy where one is confronted with civilised and wise people even if the latter are one’s bitter critics or opponents but one has to have a higher degree of open-mindedness if one is confronted with people who are compulsive liars, vile and wicked and for this, one is required to develop the supportive values of good-will, patience, calmness and love. Our present sorry state is the result of neglect or violation of those values. We have gradually lost the human aspect of our life and have become more or less like machines, as a result of which there is no spirit of friendship, fellow-feeling and love in our life.
Our knowledge of science, technology, communication or managerial skills and more has not been able to bring inner happiness because our level of honesty, sincerity, cordiality, fellow-feeling, fair dealing, duty, discipline and mutual trust are falling rapidly. In other words there has been an erosion of social, moral and family values. It is not that science and technology or management skills that have caused our present sufferings. On the other hand, it is the fall in the standards of morality that has prevented even science and technology and management or administrative ability from giving us their full benefits.
Moreover, it is not that people do not know that moral values are necessary to build a happy and peaceful society. People wish to have moral qualities in their life but they don’t have that spiritual knowledge that would enable them to follow these values successfully nor do they know that kind of meditation which would make the values stay in them and give them a deep experience of peace and happiness. Thus, the need of the hour is that we create a mass awareness among people about values like tolerance, humility, mutual respect in order to realise our dream of a world where there is peace, happiness and harmony.
Writer: Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj
Courtesy: The Pioneer