The great lost chord of modern civilization is forgetfulness of the fact in nature of universal brotherhood, which means not merely a sentimental or political brotherhood; it means that we are all of one common cosmic or spiritual origin, and that what affects one affects all . . . – G. de Purucker
I’ve long believed in the global village idea. After all, when you take a look at pictures of Earth from outer space, and the land masses upon which man lives, you realize that the planet is just a speck in the universe, and that we are very much village people . . . smiles . . .
I also believe in ripple effects, and that what affects one affects all, like Theosophist G. de Purucker pointed out in the opening quote here.
But I’m not sure how many people share my global view of things. I’ve been wondering about this recently, but have been moved to write about it this evening because of a CBC News report I read today about a women’s organization criticizing Canada and the United States for interfering in the affairs of other nations. The affairs in question are gay rights — the women’s organization feels Canada shouldn’t be pushing countries like Uganda and Russia on gay rights, and the group is upset that Ottawa has spent taxpayers’ money on efforts to promote equality in those countries.
Hey, they are not the first taxpayers to complain about the way Canada spends our money.
One statement in their press release, though, made me wonder how many people in Canada really care about the suffering of people in Uganda and Russia and other nations. Reports the CBC: When asked about reports that Uganda has considered the death penalty as punishment for having homosexual relations, Gwendolyn Landolt, national vice-president of REAL Women of Canada, said, “It may be unwise by Western standards, but who are we to interfere in a sovereign country?”
Boom . . . my global village idea was blown out of the water, at least, temporarily.
Ms. Landolt’s statement raised other questions in my mind: Should we be turning a blind eye to the plight of people in other nations, so as not to interfere in sovereign countries? Should we have sent our troops to Afghanistan to stop the Taliban and what our government saw as human rights violations against women? Should the West have got involved in Libya and Iraq? As I pondered these questions while driving home, I thought of the Second World War, and the Holocaust and what might have happened if we hadn’t interfered in the sovereign nation of Germany . . . Ohmygawd . . . Should we close our eyes if Uganda starts sending gay people to the proverbial gas chambers? Or should we speak up now, before that country starts its Holocaust?
I side with my government on these issues, and applaud them for speaking out. And I don’t mind them using my tax dollars for the greater good of mankind.
Thing is, I don’t think the women of that organization are the only people who feel we should butt out of the affairs of other countries. I think many people are simply not interested in what happens in the international scene, unless it affects them personally. Perhaps it’s a self-defence mechanism. Perhaps people turn off their empathy switches because if they let themselves care too much, they might be overwhelmed by the discrimination, injustice and suffering faced by so many in this world.
I dunno . . . I’m not criticizing anybody here, including the women’s organization. I’m just thinking aloud . . . Such is the nature of blogging sometimes . . .
Peace and love