December 30, 2008

Man is what he is today….

Posted in Economics, Education, Environment, Philosophy tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:00 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Man is what he is today because of the endowments of his Creator and the legacies of his ancestors.

Taken from: ” Flashes of Light”  by Randall Butisingh.

Comment:

The endowments of the Creator are life, the various individual talents and skills – to whom much is given, much is expected – the mind and intellect to think and discern,  free will, that is the option to choose whatever way one would like to take, whether it be the straight and narrow way or the broad highway; .and the Good Earth, our Mother,  to supply all our physical needs.

The legacies of our ancestors are what they have done with the endowments given by their Creator and have passed down to their progeny, who will use that legacy to build upon, and that will go on from generation to generation.  Those who are living now  have the advantage of the steamboat, the airplane, the telephone, the radio, the moving picture, the talking disk, television and that marvelous brain – the computer which thinks for man.  One of the most significant achievements of the twentieth century has been that man has been able to break the sound barrier and propel himself into space , landing on the moon.

All these  had their motivations from the legacies of his ancestors.

On the other hand,  from the sword and spear, the arrow and bow which his ancestors  started with to attack their enemy and to defend themselves, man has moved to the rifle and cannon, to the rocket and the atom bomb  which has the potential of annihilating all humanity.   And how well he has used them, and has continued to use them, until he has brought the world to the grave crisis it is now in.

Man’s  achievements have been so tremendous, more than what his ancestors could have dreamed of.  But, because of  his  greed and lust for power, his  activities have left him a scarred planet, a diminishing environment, extinct and endangered  animal friends, and he himself has now become an endangered species.

Now,  what kind of  legacy can this generation leave for coming generations.   What  will they learn from them?  Will it be one of   hate and lust for power, or with the new administration  of this once great nation,which promises a Change where  there will be honesty and integrity in governance, and with the support of the good people of the nations of the world set a wholesome standard of compassion and justice which will augur well for the future, and eventually take us to where men will seek friendship for protection rather than dependence on arms, and they will begin to beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  If this becomes a possibility, there will be peace in all the world, for we are all one like the waves in the ocean –  seemingly separate –  but  let the storm that ruffles them subside; then what remains, only the one ocean.

May this generation seek to be guided by the power that created the universe, and may men see one another as the brothers they are and not strangers.

— Randall Butisingh

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2 Comments »

  1. Patanjali Ramlall said,

    Sir,
    Your Thought for Today reminded me of something I read long ago, here it is-

    I sent my soul through the Invisible
    Some letter of that After-life to spell:
    And by and by my soul return’d to me,
    And answer’d “I Myself am Heav’n and Hell”

    From “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam”.

    Let’s reflect on that and build a better future.

  2. randallbutisingh said,

    Thanks Pat for that comment. I recall I read it long ago when I was studying for my Teachers’ Certificate Examination.


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