From The Barrel Comes No Peace

BY: Dan Phale*

History has always revealed – and it continues to reveal – horrendous facts about a failure of coexistence among human beings across the world. This follows the fact that most of the times we are not in terms with one another on some issues affecting our lives, which is why we have witnessed a number of conflicts. Making the situations worse, some people reach a point of resorting to fight… But this is not the right way to resolve matters.

When we look at several books in the archive, we get to know that even before the first and second world wars, nations and races fought against one another. In a bid to justify their bloody actions, the leaders could give out incomprehensible reasons, such as protection of national interest, and many more. But honestly speaking, war did not help them achieve what they aimed at; in lieu thereof it only made their differences soar to the much more aggravated levels.

Unfortunately, most of those who are in the leadership positions nowadays have little or no keenness to learn from the past events on issues of differences. All we hear is ‘We will destroy your territory’; ‘We’re more superior than your country; and this and that. When shall they adjust their tongues to harmonious talking? I mean, no matter what, two wrongs cannot make a right thing. As a matter of fact, it is such a confrontational attitude that fuels up intolerance and lack of peace among races or tribes and nations. And worse still, the young generations get a very bad precedent.

The magnitude of the impact of the use of a guns when the situation is not okay is quite immense; it only makes it more volatile. In fact peace does not come with a gun. In a sharp contrast it brings about instability in various aspects of human lives as it negatively impacts on growth and development such as health services cannot be easily accessed by everyone because the trained medical professionals are on the run; economy is shattered down; education system too dwindles; everything becomes in deep shambles as there is fire everywhere. Apparently, scores of innocent people get displaced from their homes.

So do people need the guns for them to get the peace which they desperately want? Affirmatively no…! Guns bring about pieces instead of promoting the much needed peace. Let us often remind ourselves that it is as easy for us to live in peace and harmony as the cat and a dog tamed by one person within a single compound. Is our creator not one God…?

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The World On The Edge

BY: Dan Phale*

Nobody knows what the dawn will bring, but the dawn does not come twice to awaken a man. In fact those who die due to ignorance are more than those who die with sufficient knowledge and wisdom. Historical facts have a very significant impact on our life. Therefore it is imperative that everybody must know where he or she is coming from, because the past and present will determine our future.

Many years have elapsed since the world came into existence. Lots and lots of things have happened. And from what we have so far perceived through hearing or seeing or reading there are so many enormous changes that have taken place… Ranging from cultural issues to social issues to spiritual issues.

Let me begin by saying that I always cherish the philosophy that a family is the only domestic academy where the children can learn principles of human conduct. In this context I remember pretty well that when I was still young my parents instilled in me and my brothers and my sisters quite a number of virtuous pillars of human life. Decency in dressing, discipline, honesty, love, perseverance, respect for others, tolerance – the list goes on and on… Those were the days when children were NOT at liberty to make their own choices willy nilly without a necessary guidance and active role of their parents. There were rare cases of alcoholism and/or drug abuse among children. If given orders and/or directions we would were not expected to make objections and arguments but to comply. No wonder, in spite of other challenges, the world was inhabited by people who had good manners… As such there was coexistence, peace and tranquility.

But with a passage of many ages down the line we are not in the same world. It is not a hidden secret that there is a very drastic change of life pattern amid mankind… Oh yes…! This is according to a meticulous examination of major issues which uniquely affect us on daily basis.

More often than not we get reports of conflicts and/or fighting. And issues of terrorism have become of regular headlines in news updates. Children are recruited and sent to fight in the battle front… What future will they wait for if their childhood is taken away from them? Day in day out many people are displaced from their homeland to become refugees in the foreign land. And the worst issue is that innocent people are ruthlessly killed. Suffice to mention herein that it is very disturbing to observe that these tragedies emanate from issues of extremism, imperialism, insatiable power ambitions, socioeconomic inequality, and racism or tribalism.

Now as a result of persistent fighting, of course with the use of chemical weapons, we are experiencing gradual climate change. The air is highly polluted such that there are increased rates of disease outbreaks and preventable deaths, thereby making the life span go down. How can there be sufficient and effective healthcare services when everybody is on the run…? Eventually all the socioeconomic activities are negatively affected.

Issues of homosexuality have also become more common in this era than in the ancient times, according to history. Some people in other parts of the world are advocating for the enactment of laws that can help to recognise same sex marriages as a matter of human rights. Very much hilarious, and this is against the order of nature. In fact a marriage was designed by God for sexual pleasure meant for two persons with opposite sexual organs, and of course for procreation purpose… And this is irrebuttable.

Let us now talk of spiritual issues. Many churches are being founded everyday. Arguably there are too many churches nowadays compared to the past. Some of us believe that such an increase in the number of churches is NOT based on the true mission of spreading the word of God; but because the spirit of rebellion is very much common among the so-called christians. Along this line of events there are too many false prophets. And the devil has taken this as a leeway to such alarming levels that some people have created on internet some blogs or websites for advancement of the satanic matters.

Well, let us cross our fingers to save ourselves from collapsing alongside the world. With the help of God we can succeed. United we stand, divided we fall… It is not too late.

Killing The Insect Called ‘Immorality’

By: Dan Phale*

In my view immorality is a term which relates to all sorts of human attitudes, actions, and manners which in some way violate the fundamental norms and standards of living. And for purpose of this article the simplest synonym is wickedness.

Mainly such attitudes, actions, and manners can either be in excesses or deficits of such virtues of humanity as are, or expected to be, in any human being. And what are such forms of wickedness…?

Mostly, such forms of wickedness that are observed in our daily living, as falling under the aforegiven definition, are a gross disregard for common conventions and virtues, and ethical fallout; and these are either from social or spiritual point of view. Usually there are complex issues which intricately contribute towards such bad personality traits that gradually have an impact on our communal status.

Oftentimes a wide range of shortcomings occur in our lives on account of loss of the insight on all important aspects of our existence. For instance, any person is expected to work in order to earn a living, but when we look around we will find out that some of us are so lazy that in turn become criminals who would want to steal; or some are prostitutes, selling bodies in a cheap quest for bread and butter… Secondly, let us conduct a thorough microscopic examination at the behaviour of our religious leaders, and we will find out that hypocrites is what they are, preaching this but doing the contrary… Social servants and/or leaders are not perfect angels, for their way of discharging duties is not coherent with a code of ethics; they put their selfish motives first instead of the common interests of the entire society all because of their greed.

Repercussions of all these bad personality traits are undescribably serious in our society. Here we talk of HIV/Aids pandemic and the related challenges, lawlessness, injustice, insecurity, the increasing number of fake prophets and/or prophetesses, horrible rates of corrupt practices, endless conflicts and/or fighting among ethnic groups, and the terrifying rates of poverty coupled with inequality of distribution of wealth. All these are the impacts of people’s deviating from ethical virtues of humanity.

Let us kill the insect called Immorality before the world is completely ruined.

As a matter of fact, in life there is always a solution to any challenge. Just as an insect – which inhibits agricultural production – is put under control or killed, we can also kill this insect called immorality before the world is completely ruined.

Logically the best approach is to ensure that there is a behavioural change in all sectors of human society… But this is a process which cannot happen overnight.

In other words we have to struggle in order to iron out all sorts of bad personality traits that come into conflict with the fundamental values of humanity across the world.

That way only we will bring a tremendous change in the long term and make the world a better place for us to live.

You, I, and we have a communal duty to act in solidarity in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit… Amen.