“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
What was Marvin Gaye thinking when he collaborated on the production of the song – What’s Going On? Unlike Louis Armstrong who posed the question What a Wonderful World, Marvin Gaye saw chaos, children crying, people dying, etc. Today we live in a world of prophetic reality. Many things we never thought possible are revealed before our eyes. It’s an uncomfortable world.
It’s only a matter of time before world leaders display their pent up emotions and start World War III and bring Bob Marley’s song titled War to life. Since the end of World War II in 1945, two years after I was born, the major nations of the world have been engaged in an unprecedented arms race to equip themselves with the best military equipment. By doing so, they hoped that dominance would have been achieved and would become a deterrent to future wars. It was a fair reflection, but when so much is invested in a project, there comes a time when the temptation to use weapons can no longer be suppressed, and the opportunities to use them will be exploited.
It seems very likely that war will be declared all over the world. These thoughts may sound pessimistic, but the reality is that there is a war going on right now in Ukraine where Russia is the aggressor and is unleashing chaos on people seeking to follow a democratic way of life. Ukraine’s centuries of development have been wiped out. Industries have been decimated. This is not how people in this modern era should behave. As war rages in Ukraine, other world powers weigh their chances of a similar invasion to settle old differences.
The law-abiding and peace-loving peoples of the world must uphold justice as one people in full recognition that we are the world. This was promoted as the theme song at the USA for Africa benefit concert in 1985, which featured a number of award-winning artists. This is the time when we must respond to a certain call. Love is definitely all we need. We must instill a unity of purpose in the search for PEACE which can only exist in an atmosphere of LOVE.
As I sat in the quiet of the night and listened to the songs mentioned in this room, I heard an inner voice say that it is possible to have a reversal in the way we live our lives. . There must be a better way. Let us root ourselves in the principles laid down in the sacred writings of all religions, concerning what our Creator desires of us.
Despite everything that is happening in our world today, life goes on. No one will stop pushing their agenda to wait and see how things turn out. Governments and businesses are racing against time to find solutions to the myriad problems we face. Uncertainty reigns among us. No one can be sure what tomorrow will bring. We live in a world where the environment changes from moment to moment. The reality is that the only constant is change.
Today’s challenges require a rapprochement of minds to arrive at the best possible solutions to deal with the possible escalation of war inside and outside Ukraine. Inflation, climate change, COVID 19 and other diseases, hunger, crime, illegal drugs, etc. all cause casualties. NATO and the UN should play a central role in finding solutions and be ready to demand more from governments.
Let’s not forget that COVID is still with us. As we seek to break free and return to normal life, let us exercise caution and adhere to established protocols. Life is priceless, it is a gift from our Creator, cherish it.
Now that I’ve shared my thoughts with you on What’s Going On, what are you going to do about it? Let’s share the enduring love of our Creator and do what is right – Agape!
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