Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the deficiency of love in politic

The higher world leaders climb, the more love they have to shed on the way as if the weight of love hinders their rise

Socrates once wrote, “One word frees us / of all the weight and pain in life / that word is Love.”
Ever since the beginning of the beginning love existed, and despite all other efforts to break it down, it has insisted on finding its way into the callous hearts of some people just as grass can find its way in between arid rocks.

Yet there are places in which it is seems extremely difficult for love to grow, and the most infertile of all happens to be in political fields and specifically in the hearts of politicians. For not only do the hearts of most politicians seem to be devoid of love, but they also happen to be blinded by downright self-interest and utter imprudence about the rest of us in humanity.

If we were to step away from the desiccated political fields, it becomes easy to stumble across love in every corner of our world. For love comes in all forms and shapes and has made the hearts of people its dwelling place!

Take a mother’s heart for example, a place that happens to be an endless spring of love tirelessly and eternally streaming devotion, compassion and forgiveness.

And how delightful is the love that comes in a romantic setting and flourishes in the hearts of two who are “in love”— the sort of love that led to the death of Romeo and Juliet and to the insanity of Qais, Majnun Leila.

It is the kind of love that was written about by Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, a love illustrated “on the walls of caves / and on potteries and clay vessels long ago / and ...engraved on the ivory of elephants in India / and on papyrus in Egypt / and on rice grains in China.”

There is also the patriotic love for one’s country and homeland — a love that has its roots entrenched across the lands regardless of the countless human made borders that have divided our world’s map, a love that is pronounced in every national anthem and embodied in the colours of our flags.

Yet, time after time and throughout history, one can easily note that the higher world leaders climbs their political ladders, the more love they have to shed on the way, as if the weight of love hinders their rise in politics. And later, what is shed of love is gradually transformed into tears shed by humans.

As Che Guevara put it, “Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.” Why is it that such phenomenon insists on repeating itself? And with whom can humanity entrust its hopes when few are the ones who have proven to be worthy?


Gandhi’s concept
Will there ever come another Mahatma Gandhi who can act upon the concept of love and reject violence and killing, someone who can truly act as the “change” that he wants to see happen in the world? Gandhi insisted that we “must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” But one asks, how can we not lose faith in our leaders in the midst of today’s depressingly grim political reality?

Of the multitude of passages that have been written on love, one especially comes to mind: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” The Bible 1st Corinthians.

If only it were possible to clone some of the materials that make the emotion of love and implant it in the hearts of those who run our world, for it seems as if their hearts have become hollow cavities with a very noticeable deficiency of love.

The Dali Lama said “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. declared, “At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love.” And Buddha preached, “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”
One wonders why such quotes are not parts of our political ideology, and why they are rarely practised by our politicians!

So let it be said to every politician sitting on his/her throne, and to everyone whose decisions can alter the hopes and dreams of his/her people, and especially to those who are to become our future politicians, we plead in the name of love for you to help stop the killing and bloodshed, to stop the breaking of a mother’s heart, to stop the shattering of a bride’s dream, and to stop the tear shed by our children.

We beseech you to help release the world of the weight of pain and to retrieve a love that once existed in your hearts before you took on your positions of power! Unearth a love that undoubtedly is buried deep within, and allow it to play a part in your decisions, ones that could ultimately decide the course of history and prevent avertable wars of agony and destruction.