London Bombing? What is the problem with our world?
This is to show that extremists and terrorism has roots
into loss of identities or cultures which can endanger our
modern world. Conversely, our consciousness of culture and
identity is the way to tackle the terrorism in its roots.
It is the lack of new ideas and new vision
that has given chance to extremists to hijack the situation
and advocate their image of the world. It is amazing to
see so many young people showing their anxiety and revulsion
in hatred, killing and distractions, but at the same time
advocating even a more repugnance way of response!
A brief review of July 7 London Bombing
On Thursday 7 July 2005 a series of four bomb attacks struck
London's public transport system during the morning rush
hour. At 8:50 a.m., three bombs exploded within 50 seconds
of each other on three London Underground trains. A fourth
bomb exploded on a bus at 9:47 a.m. in Tavistock Square.
The bombings led to a severe, day-long disruption of the
city's transport and mobile telecommunications infrastructure.
Fifty-six people were killed in the attacks,
including the four suspected bombers, with 700 injured.
The incident was the deadliest single act of terrorism in
the United Kingdom since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight
103 (which killed 270), and the deadliest bombing in London
since the Second World War. Do we have answer for these
problems? Freedom is like a bird, can this bird (Simorgh)
fly away from us? Well, it can, if we try to limit its territory.
endangering the elements of Human right and democracy?
Democracy, human right, freedom and humanity all known as
elements of civilization, values of which the West hold
dear, and hope to cling on to, have come from the East.
But, are we in
the West taking these precious values for granted?
The precious values, democracy, human
rights, freedom and humanity, are the result of thousands
of years of human effort and sacrifices, not only from Greek
culture, but also many other cultures. Consider the words
- human and humanity dates back six to nine thousand
years in the root of the Iranian culture;
other words, wise, vision, artery, ark, sun and
many more….again dates back to the same period in the root
of the Iranian culture. To highlight these
points even more, just take a look at the amazing
picture of Venus that dates back to the same period.
This is why Rumi (700
years ago) talks of love, self-confidence, values, humanity
and the interconnected world. This is not confined to
Iranian culture; in fact, all cultures have more or less
these Golden values that can be excavated. These values
were more formulated, and reshaped with new ideas, and applied
to Western society at the time of renaissance and there-after
by great philosophers which is resulted into, we call today,
western civilization. In fact, Simorgh or
Phoenix has risen from its ashes, at the time of renaissance,
and freedom was achieved through thousand years of work
of humanity, known as culture. Culture isn't history; history
is the struggle of powers. So, western civilization as we
know it is the result of thousands of year of human efferent,
rooted into many cultures.
We keep referring to history: history is the struggle
The values are in cultures that are rooted in hundreds and
thousands of the years of human efforts in learning the
ways of living together. We cannot say Hitler was the culture
of Germany; Hitler is history. However, Heisenberg
can be called culture.
The West must wake up to these great values which were left
for us by our ancestors, and we must not take it for granted,
claim ownership and become selfish. The education system
in the West is failing to train the youngsters of today
to understand these precious and golden values. Our entire
social and world problems, as a whole, are rooted into misunderstanding
the root of humanity and values. This is why we are failing
in winning the hearts and minds of people in this world,
especially the youngsters. A Person in a society tries to
find his/her identity within that society, if not successful,
it can then lead into religious identity, extremism. London
bombing is the product of an identity vacuum resulted in
using religion as an identity.
Science isn’t the only solution to our problems. The world
needs new creative ideas, new philosophy. Let be honest,
as we have not had a great philosopher since Bertrand
Russell, there must be something wrong with our system
of education, and the way we think of our world. To tackle
the roots of the problems we must broaden our vision and
look at the many cultural values. We must bring to the surface
those identities and values that remain in cultures. These
values can lead us to a new thinking, a new vision and open-up
societies for more diversity. This can reshape the minds
and thoughts of our youngsters to a much broader spectrum,
avoid being so naive. Such great work has already commenced
in earnest by Professor Jamali
who has written over 100 books in Persian language. I
shall translate some of them in the earliest opportunity.
Due to lack of new vision and philosophy we keep finding
simple solutions for our world problems. Simple solutions
can result in a vacuum or voids that result in divisions.
Due to the growth of these divisions, we are giving more
and more opportunities to extremists. These problems can
undermine the golden values "democracy, human right,
freedom and humanity" of which we cherish, and
on which the future of our children depends. So, to overcome
the problems, we need new ideas and new vision that can
fill the vacuums that are left over in our society, before
being hijacked by extremists.
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