Friday, August 22, 2008

Merdeka Countdown6: Do you like the Man_in_The_Mirror?

so cute isn’t she? It is difficult not to adore and love any baby. They are so pure and innocent and equally deserving of love and affection. It is amazing that despite our difficult experiences in life, yet we continue to produce babies. Despite knowing all the cruelties that adults can conjure up and do in the world – famine, wars, religious and racial discrimination, poverty, deliberate deprivation of basic needs like housing, health, education and a happy life on all sorts of “clever” grounds, etc.

Every baby has the potential to become a fantastic human being. You and I were babies before. We had that potential before. What have we turned out to be? Do we like who we see in the mirror? If not, how did we become this way?

Today, Malaysians seem unhappy. Politicians are faulted. Fingers are pointed in every direction. Racism. Religious bigotry. Misinformation. Economic disparity between the haves and have-nots. Everyone and everything is faulted except the Man in the Mirror. And he wants change!

He looks solely towards politics for change – one big mistake. This leadership cult syndrome. This worship of another saviour disease. But he never looks at how the Man in the Mirror is living his life. SO will delegating “change” to politicians work? Nay. The Quran says this:

"Because God will never change the grace which He has bestowed on a
people until they change what is in their (own) souls: and verily God is He Who
hears and knows (all things)." [008.053]

We hear complains of racism, etc. What about you? Do you really love all? If you are Chinese, do you make it a point to first speak out and help the non-Chinese? If you are a Muslim, do you take the effort to defend the others the right to their own religious belief though in your heart you may cry to God for them to be guided?

Even when you are deprived of your right, do you make sure he gets his? Real love is unconditional.

Will you allow your children to marry out of your own racial circle? Do you protest to the streets when you see injustice perpetrated on those not from your own kind? Do you cry when not your own kind is poor and hungry or deprived? Do you give?

Are you willing to take the blow from all, including your own kind just to spread love and care for all? What are you? Maybe you are part of what is. Maybe you are part of what could be. But what IS you now? As the wise saying goes, we become what we are.

What have you become from the innocent baby that you were once?

I can do better than to share with you the sermon from Ustad Micheal Jackson where he says:

“I am starting with the man in the mirror,
I am asking him to change his ways,
And no message could be any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself,
And then make a change”

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