Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Trump Card…!

What happened in US elections and how it ended the way it did would remain a major topic of debate, discussions and deliberations for many more days (if not months) to come. In spite many of the World Citizens expressing their disappointment and concern about the US People’s Verdict, openly or not so publicly, it remains the historical fact that the Trump card has worked in whatever way it did and the tortoise has not only reached the top of the (White House) post but it has also made a base there to settle for a while, at least.

US being the presumed superpower in many walks of life, money and might dominating the list, and the fact that World is strategically conditioned to US policing for issues of anybody’s concern; the crucial question at this point of time for the entire humanity on this planet should not be ‘what’ or ‘how’ it happened but ‘WHY’ this happened? Being the vanguard of the ‘Advancement’ and ‘Development’ as it is perceived in the new set of values, ethics and principles; US automatically assumes the role of being the ‘Role Model’ for the developing as well as underdeveloped countries. US Lifestyle and Diplomacy provides for all new aspirations, not only to Asia or Africa but also to some parts of Europe and Middle-east, if not all, which makes this US choice peculiar in the circumstances.

The newly emerging trends in the collective wisdom of the species and in entire human cognizance are clearly indicative of a dogmatism that is imminent, certainly not a good sign for integrated harmonious living for a sustainable and inclusive development as envisaged by our forefathers in the early civilizations and settlement years. Right from the hunters-gatherers stage, we humans were striving for holistic development and common good, the history of evolution points out. Just before the rise of the ‘Class’ system based on number of factors, religion being the paramount, no human craved to rule another but the process was of purely and genuinely ‘Leading’ the way. Even the selection of leader was a natural process that had a logical reasoning of experience, ability, resilience and vision!

This makes it imperative to consider the outcome of this US election from the perspective of ‘Our Common Future’, title of a report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, in which it states, ‘This Commission believes that people can build a future that is more prosperous, more just, and more secure…’ and further adds, ‘But the Commission's hope for the future is conditional on decisive political action now to begin managing environmental resources to ensure both sustainable human progress and human survival…’ Given to the background and reputation of the newly elected President of America and people’s expectations from him, it poses a serious threat to this vision of the WCED, we fear!

Finally, the most alarming and dreadful fact which is evident from this result would be the logical and philosophical conclusion of this write-up – emergence and development of such behavioral traits imbibed through pseudo schools of thoughts all around is the light at the end of the tunnel… the only thing is it is mounted on the engine of the fast approaching Bullet Train that will run over everything in its way and there is no stopping of this train in sight as the travelers boarding this train themselves want it to go faster and faster and in the direction they want. A wise insight here might come handy – Looking inwards doesn’t mean being more and more self-centered and levelling the scores should not necessarily mean ‘Eye for an eye!’

Rosalynn Carter, wife of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, was a leading advocate for numerous causes, perhaps most prominently for mental health research. She was politically active during her White House years, sitting in on Cabinet and policy meetings as well as serving as her husband's closest adviser. To make justice to all above narration, it would be apt to quote Rosalynn Carter here –

“A leader takes people where they want to go.
A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be…!”

Way to go...

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