By Jayatilaka Kammallaweera
“May a day come when the world will be one vast land without any boundaries”, the veteran Sri Lankan poet Mahagma Sekara wrote in the ‘70s. His wish was a society without any class differences: in other words, a communist society. Many of us from all over the world worked towards this objective with positive thoughts.
Today, a deadly disease has made the world one land, with dead bodies scattered all over the place. Corona invaded all the boundaries of the countries that were guarded by military men equipped with firearms. This virus is wildly chasing humans, spreading over mountains, rivers and oceans. Men, women and children from all over the world are getting infected, no matter how rich or poor they are. It is now clear that no government is capable of saving the lives of its citizens. Even the royal palaces are not spared. Religions have failed to find a prayer, a sermon to protect their believers. Medical science, despite the extent to which it has developed, has not been able to find a cure. Science, that could send humans to the moon, and manufacture robots to replace human labor in factories, is as helpless as humans in the face of this virus. All plans for the future, from venturing into space to hosting wedding ceremonies, have been put off.
Leaders in some powerful countries have even gone to the extent of making inhuman statements that the elderly should die and let others live! To those who fought over territories, ethnicities or religion, this epidemic has taught that military power is just an illusion. In this unpredicted context, the institutions and mechanisms which defended democracy and human rights have become inactive to the point where even beating citizens brutally with batons to keep them indoors is justified.
Isn’t greedy consumerism the cause for this catastrophe? Isn’t ruining the environment and incompetently attacking nature to produce more and more to feed humans’ greediness the cause for this tragedy?
Let’s for a moment assume that half the world’s population will die and half will survive this. Again, the egoistic politicians in power will continue ruling the countries in the same disastrous manner. Religious leaders will keep spreading false beliefs. People addicted to extreme consumerism will continue their greedy habits and lifestyles.
If we will fail to build a new world order with humans who are not infected with consumerism, who value the limited resources we have, who are convinced that divisions in society based on caste, creed, race, religions or class are disastrous to our existence, and who strongly believe that we are just a part of nature, not the ruler of it – the world will perish soon.
Let us prepare to rid ourselves of the greed for power, food and other resources.