Though I cannot make any claims to be a person who had done much to alleviate the suffering of people yet I must say that I have this incline towards people who suffer.As part of my personal mission statement "inspire the lowly", this idea of helping the weak and vulnerable and standing by them had always got me into a fix now and then. "You hang out with losers and you will become one" my friend used to advise.
I was a little confused, so to speak. After all we have been brought up with this attitude that the weak need protection, care and pity and that only the strong can provide. The weaklings are a drain while the strong are fruitful. Even the church celebrates the strong but equating strength and wealth to blessings and lack of it to curse.
Three months ago my eyes were opened when I heard about WEAK HUMANISM from Prof Anatagiri...As you will read from by blog entry - I was taken aback. Most of my constructs in my Mind came crashing down.
And now this article "Ecce Homo: To welcome the suffering is the sign of our humanity" by Xavier Le Pichon explains in detail about this.
Prabhu Guptara, a noted business professor and specialist on long-term global trends, offers this critique of President Obama’s proposed overhaul of financial regulation. In his article he writes (link to original article)
"why should it be necessary to have organizations that are “too big to fail” in the first place? Switzerland has just made the first moves to shrink the large institutions that are based there."
The recent economic crisis is a fair example on how the 'strong, big and mighty" have plunged the financial world into crisis.
Our planet is heating up and one of the first casualties will be the crops that supply our food. Scientists are working overtime to find solutions including going back to the ancestral origins of our staple foods.
Australian scientist Dr Ken Street is on journey from the drought ravaged farms of Australia, to the heart of the Middle East, to the mountains of Tajikistan where to hunt for plant genes that will help our food withstand the impact of 21st century global warming.
The cobwebs in my mind are clearing up. Even as far as 3 days ago I was talking the parents of a 'special child'...I was trying to encourage the parents, advising them not to accept the situation by work with the intent of making the child strong and normal.
Some words of comfort? I should have looked at the child inspite of all the challenges as a strong one, a wonderful gift of God to the world.