Oct Dec 2014
We need to go beyond looking at violence as warfare or physical or verbal cruelty alone - although that too is a reality. Our economic and socio-political systems today as well as modern technology have violence structured into them, such that piece-meal solutions will not work. We need to look for systemic solutions and question many of aspects of life today very deeply.
It is generally easy to take sides, or sometimes take action, when we see direct physical violence being perpetrated. We see it every day in family squabbles and in the millions of cases pending in our courts. The world witnessed it on a massive scale when President Bush attacked Iraq, and the whole world seemed divided into those who supported him and those who did not.
Millet is one of the oldest foods known to humans and possibly the first cereal grain to be used for domestic purposes. It has been used in Africa, China and India as a staple food for thousands of years before rice and wheat became popular. Various cultures consume millets in many diverse ways – as a cereal, in soups, and as bread. In Eastern Europe millet, is used in porridge and kasha, or is fermented into a beverage, in Africa it is used to make bread, as baby food, and as uji, a thin gruel used as breakfast porridge.
The 86-year-old Vietnamese monk,who has followers from around the world, believes the reason most people are not responding to the threat of global warming, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, is that they are unable to save themselves from their own personal suffering, never mind worry about the plight of Mother Earth. He says it is possible to be at peace if you pierce through our false reality, which is based on the idea of life and death, to touch the ultimate dimension in Buddhist thinking, in which energy cannot be created or destroyed.
We all know right from wrong and so what we must do now is as simple as doing the right thing. Caring for our environment is a moral imperative. At the moment everybody’s mind seems to be more exercised by the imperative of economic growth. Policy makers, politicians of every colour and journalists of almost all newspapers appear to be obsessed with economic growth.