I am currently on vacation, and in between resting and spending time with family and friends, I have chosen to keep myself busy reflecting on what is transpiring in the land of my birth. I have taken time to research and to get a better understanding of the issues involved and I have even compiled a collection of papers by a wide variety of experts, at home and abroad, who have voiced their concerns on many aspects of our constitution and electoral system, on where the deficits lie and what needs to be done to correct them.
Also the more I listen to the chatter on the radio waves and internet, the more and more I am convinced that the UNITY team is providing an alternative to the status quo and will form the catalyst that can help us correct these deficits, and moreover, help us to overcome the disunity, disharmony and divisiveness that has infiltrated every institution of our society from our schools, churches, families, parliament and our Federation.
Given all that is happening around us today, it boggles my mind why the apologists for the incumbents are hell-bent in supporting the status quo and instead of being supportive of this new dispensation, spend so much of their skills, talents and energy in “dissing” the UNITY team. It seems they are spending an inordinate amount of time in taking the splinters from the others eyes, before they remove the beam from theirs. Also the more I try to engage their reason, the more irate and irrational and condescending they become, all for the sake of propping up a system that is in disrepute and decay.
This does not make any sense to me, and I have been rolling over in my head why two groups of people can be so passionate of their beliefs and convictions, in spite of all of the evidence being so clear to me and many others in the Federation. And the conclusion that I am being led to is that what we see among us here today is a clash of two types of belief systems, one that is a top-down system based on Stealth, Confusion and Lies, and the other a bottom-up system that is based on Sharing, Caring and Love. Interestingly, the former system is being managed by Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL 1.0), and the latter is being empowered by a team (SCL 2.0) that is Spiritually-guided, Compassion-centered and Learning-focused.
What is more intriguing and inspiring and reassuring about this team is that their members do not meet in a command and control manner, for they do not believe the wisdom of our community lies in a handful of people at the top. They do believe that the true wisdom of the community lies in the diversity of the aspiration, visions and hopes of the least among us at the bottom, and not the few at the top. They realise that they are called to be stewards and servants of the community, and not the other way around.
One may wonder how is all of this possible, and how can such a decentralised network of people of goodwill and kindred spirit be able to talk with one voice without tripping over each other and impacting negatively on the other? For me the answer is simple, and comes down to 1) putting the least among us in our society at the center of every thought, word and action, and 2) looking to implement policies that focus on the highest common denominator among us all, and which deals predominantly with our health, education, food and energy security, and creating an environment of shared prosperity for all to thrive, as opposed to one of just political and economic survival.
To be even more blunt and to use spiritual metaphors here to illustrate how this is easier to achieve than we think, we can break this down to a clash of two world views or two narratives, which I would call “A Tale of Two Kingdoms”: one that is based on the Kingdom of Mammon, and the other that is based on the Kingdom of God. (Please see: The Four LOVES Deconstructed – an illustrated guide to the Kingdoms of God and Mammon.)
The political and economic status quo is based on the Kingdom of Mammon, in which greed, physical capital and servitude of its people defines their operating system, whereas in the Kingdom of God, needs, human and mental capital, and service reign supreme. In the former, maximising power and control is the supreme law of the land, while in the later, maximising wellbeing and opportunities is the supreme guiding spirit.
I have no doubt that the machinations and crises we see locally, regionally and internationally are due to us losing our way and not opening up our ears and hearing the lamentations of our Father up above when he cries, “My children, My children, why have you forsaken Me!” He has already designed a perfect world for us, but we have created our own tower of political and economic confusion, the proverbial Tower of Babel in our midst. Once we stop and listen to the unity of nature and all that there is, we can transform our nation from one based on the Kingdom of Mammon, to one based on God’s Kingdom. We need now to work together in unity to ensure that we are not the servants of our economic and political systems, but our economic and political systems serve us to help maximise the wellbeing of our citizens and by extension the wellbeing of our environment that we so much depend on.
This cannot happen if we continue to fight with each other and not work together in UNITY. We need to stop “dissing” UNITY and give it an opportunity to blossom and be fruitful. We need to approach this grand project of rebuilding our nation with a new covenant of faith, hope and love, one guided by gratitude, responsibility and service, and above all, one buttressed by a vision for the betterment of our people and the next generation based on the fidelity of the mind, sincerity of the heart, and with FULL CONFIDENCE in God that he would send his Holy Spirit to guide us.