Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Why we need Fireman’s?

Few days ago we were witnessing an interesting situation. In Šijana(Pula), behind ex “Standa” (so practically in the center) some under wood has light up, and in terms of a minutes we almost had a big fire in the center of the city. Fortunately, Fireman’s has come very soon and put fire under control. So it is summer, and all this wouldn’t been so interesting except for one thing: near us there was a women that sells fruit and vegetables in her booth near the meadow where fire has begun, and suddenly she said: “Look! Here is, the same kid that done it last time!”

So we have a pyromaniac kid, who lighted a conflagration at least second time!
Here the tale stops, fireman’s has done a good job with fire, but what has happened with the boy? Has or will somebody EDUCATE him, in the way to install him sense of right conduct?
Probably we wont know the answer to this question, but anyway we can do few observations. Today’s education educates only mind, and does not develop character of the children’s in right manner. How can I state this? It is not required to be great expert, look only at situation in the world and society today, where peace, harmony and happiness is more difficult to find than ever, people are stressed and divided, fear and greed rules, morality and righteousness has been forgotten. It is education that has fallen in installing human values in the children’s, otherwise people would live in different way.

Before I’ve said: has somebody educated the boy? It is not enough to say only YES/NO, the teachers and parents should teach by example. Then no many words would be required.
In last few Years in Croatia we have got many material things. We have better roads, Our leaders and politicians has successfully opened another commercial center, another hotel, built another road but also brought more stress and tension in our life, more fear of competition, more misery, toxic dependents, more crime and other social problems than ever.

They have fail to bring us happy and ordered life. People struggle every day, because of ever growing needs, and ever rising competition booth parents are forced to work for surviving. So children’s are grown up by television, street or nannies. Because money and “success” has become a scope of life, no one can teach children (remember: with example) what is right conduct and good character, what will bring not only success but also happy life. No one (or almost no one) on this world is free of suffering: including presidents, actors, wealthy and famous, and it is absurd that they are trying to leads us, while they cannot find contentment them selves!?

Maybe our leaders don't feel responsible for this fall of righteousness and peace in human life, but they should. They should think that they are here to SERVE, not to RULE! No one is big, and if You RULE now You own it to the society, but if You SERVE now it's Your own right and property.

Do we need another commercial center? Do we need better cars or more hotels? Or we need more peace, love and understanding, less stress and more safety for us and our children’s: from crime, drugs, drug dealers, wild and drunk drivers, angry neighbors, crazy individuals and gangs armed with guns, knives or whatever? All this outcasts has not came from the sky: they are all product of today’s way of life, as fear and lack of self confidence in people is.

Shouldn’t politicians and leaders listen to our needs? They probably have their visions, plans or maybe dreams of better world, but as Peter Parker’s (Spiderman 2) uncle said: sometimes we have to sacrifice all, even our selves or our dreams to do what is right, what is best. So let’s sacrifice another commercial center for more peace and security in our life. It is so simple, all we need is to move our focus from profit to peace and harmony. Profit, money and advance in general is good, but it have to serve to higher scopes, not to itself. Then we will be able to keep the advance and to be happy in the same time.

Jesus has said something like this: who builds on me, builds on solid rock, no rain, or wind or sun can harm him. Otherwise rain, water, or wind can easily blow away your constructions.
Who adheres to righteousness - righteousness protects him through time and space. His deeds are not of temporary character, and what he does brings peace and happiness to all.
So let’s do our best, and pray for the rest! Cheers


At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an American reader (from California) who really enjoys your site. You offer interesting commentary often, but especially in today's post. I am not surprised that you perceive Croatian society as becoming more materialistic, stressed, and competitive as it becomes more Western. That is a HUGE problem in this culture, especially in childrens' education. In my opinion, the so-called "gains" of modernization and technology are often not worth the losses in free time and personal connections between people. I applaud what you are saying and I hope Croatia can develop in a positive way without ending up with all of the negatives of American society.

At 4:06 AM, Blogger dragan said...

Thanks You, I'm very glad You like this blog, especially because You are so (geographically) far from our little country. But this also demonstrates that we all share same destiny, that we have similar thoughts, feelings, problems, and all - without exception - strive to be happy. People here, step by step are realizing that western system is not ideal at all, but unfortunately, while main force that moves most people is fear for existence (others, which are more “successful” are moved by ambition), it is difficult that they find force and reason to resist to this “matrix style” machine(puts you to sleep and takes you all energy). But this looks like *all world* problem, and seams that no one can be left aside (take Tibet for example). Thanks again for support, I appreciate it very much… Dragan.


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