Then he said this to his second,
“My dearest second, you make me smile. For you are the most sensible one. You read my mind and obey my will, even when at times when I don’t say them out. Helpfulness and willingness, you reach out to those in need without a thought. First to smile and first to join in the fun, you nevertheless are one who will stay back to clear up.
Still my son, there could be more. You must understand this to be more. That not always fruits come from labour, sometimes God make you wonder. There will be times when things seem unfair. When the whole world seems to be conspiring against you. Take note, my boy, that God IS fair. It is just not His time to be so yet. So let go of it when things seems wrong, for in the end it balances all. Live your life the best you can be, and let Him take care of the rest.
There once was a man with four sons. Each of them, he loves differently, and each loves him in their own ways. Nevertheless, loves them he does. Each of them brings him pride and yet, each of them causes him heartache in their time.
To his eldest son, he says,
“Oldest of my pride, you are like my morning sun. When you came into this world, you were my light for you bring joy and wonder into my world again. Each day looks different because of your smile, your cry and your voice. Much as I spend each of my days with you, you seem to grow up without my noticing. Quick in the mind and speech, you never cease to amaze me when you spring a new ideas into my life.
Yet, a focus you lack. Amidst all the intellect and spark, you burst in all direction but yet none at all. One day, I pray you will find the one that holds your purpose in your life. Burn yourself in it and keep at it. With your talent and your strength, you can do much, but you need to keep at it. Focus and plunge on. Be fearless and do not give up.”
(I’ve missed out two weeks of posts, but I’m glad to say I have not cease reading. Simply that i need more time to time, instead of just writing.)
After the Cold War, the world seems to have stabilized into a new global order. Not withstanding terrorism, war was not as popular among the more civilized nations to resolve their differences anymore. It does seems that the only wars have been the so-called war against terror where the conflicts seems to be revolving around the oil-rich regions.
Perhaps also tempered by social media, the notion of waging war against thy neighbors seems to be aberrant and no longer acceptable. Even those conflicts that actually happened had to be sanctioned by UN. Isn’t it at the end of the day, driven by the economical gains or loss? I suppose also that realistically, can any nation, at the current moment, really stand up the the military might and technological advantage of the United States of America? Perhaps China one day, and we may see a war over ideology. Most likely not, as the Chinese know that there are better ways to get rich than waging war.
Thus, is there truly a need for armed forces other than the US? Are armed forces really necessary for deterrence and for enabling of policy space?
There is also the sense by which a global village has been invented by the World Wide Web. Though dominated by the US and its more developed allies, the Internet has nevertheless bonded people together in the drive for information and, more importantly, entertainment. Flooded by meaningless self-entertainment novelties such as Youtube and Hollywood serials, life is good for most people. The idea of giving the current state of life and striving for more leaves many unsettled and thus unwilling to fight for more.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and he will be unwilling to let go of his fishing rod to go for other things.”