Living Harmoniously

By Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent   An Australian by Consent

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Human beings are by nature gregarious, mixing freely wherever & whatever their colour, class or creed. Our behaviour is dictated by our natural feeling. I surmise that it is through external intervention or interference that made us deviate from the norm.

It’s a crazy world we live in today. Everything is turned topsy turvy, upside down & downside up. Nothing is normal or as nature designed it. The human mind is the devil’s workshop subject to the negative influence of other people . . . likened to sheep being led astray or in the right direction depending on its shepherd/leader. The power of indoctrination & propaganda is strong & irresistible. It can upset & destroyed a whole nation without firing a single shot.

It is God’s plan that we should come together & live in peace & harmony. As in 1 Peter 3:8, it says: “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another.” If different instruments can be assembled together in the orchestra got produce beautiful music, under the baton of a good & professional conductor. Same musical piece can differ greatly depending upon the calibre of the conductor.

It’s laughable to think that God created things as one unit, but man in his ingenuity & utter justification divide & sub-divide one unit into many causing further aggravation & problems, e.g. the question of marriage & divorce. As a consequence, offspring suffer.

Religiously, Jesus founded but one Church, but today there are as many churches as there people with the Romanm Catholics claiming to be the only true church. The pope herein is the be all & end all of being the earthly supreme. There was a historical time when pope went to wars with sword on one hand & the bible with the other.

Likewise, Prophet Mohammed fought many a war with his right hand holding the the sword& his left holding the Koran. Today, they are fighting among themselves – one religious against another. The first centuries of Islam gave rise to three major sects: Sunnis, Shi’as and Kharijites. … For instance, Sunnis are separated into four schools of jurisprudence, namely, Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali. Shi’a, on the other hand, is divided into three major sects known as Fivers, Seveners and Twelvers.

In the political arena, the West claim themselves to have the superior political system, breeding in turn democracy, meritocracy, kleptocracy . . . with chaos reigning within as well as without. “Divide & rule” is the policy & practice, rightly or wrongly you see chaos everywhere. Discipline & order demand control, for extreme freedom breeds nothing but problems. As can be seen in Malaysia, polarisation sets about marginalisation, prohibition, discrimination, apartheid & segregation . . . all on the basis of rationalisation & justification.

Traditionary, we know of that famous saying: “Spare the rod & spoil the child”. Its truth cannot be gainsaid. The West would claim any such practices as authoritarian, condemning it & interfere with their weapons of mass destruction. Iraq & Libya were such victims. Obey or face the wrath.

President Xi Jinping of China & US President Donald Trump

Today conflicts exist between America’s “Trumpology” & China’s “Xiplomacy”. The question is who will ultimately triumph. The fight is on!

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