Sunday, December 18, 2005

Humans...

"One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic" (Joseph Stalin)

This statement aptly describes the World today. I have been watching this movie called Hotel Rwanda which tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina who is a Hotel Manager in Rwanda. During the Rwandan Genocide, he sheltered over a thousand refugees in his hotel when the so-called first world countries chose to ignore them. Back in the early 90's, I was too young to understand what genocide or the implications of it. It was until I watched this movie, I knew a little more about the genocide and I googled it to find more answers. Almost a million Tutsi's and moderate Hutu's were massacred by the interehamwe ("coming-together") or Hutu militias and the Rwandan military. The UN, the sole-superpower of the World as well as various first world countries turned their backs to this. The movie might have have added a lot of "salt-and-flavourings" to dramatize the actual event in Rwanda but it does not change the fact that the world turn its back on the people of Rwanda. (There are still thousands of people who are massacred on a daily basis and no one gives a damn about it)

The movie highlighted that those who are in power to stop such atrocities chose to do nothing because the people who are being slaugthered do not even qualify as niggers (Western blacks). To them (and the World at large), African lives are worthless. Even our cats and dogs' lives worth more then theirs. It also highlighted how f*cking useless our United Nations (UN) is. UN is just a farce with no power at all because it has no balls to take action when any of the major Western countries disagree. (I personally think UN is nothing more than a mere paper tiger) Watching this movie reminded me of another movie I watched acted by Nicholas Cage called Lord Of War. I totally agree with what Ethan Hawke's character Agent Valentine said,"...9 out of 10 war victims today are killed with assault rifles and small arms...those nuclear missiles, they just sit in their silos...AK-47 is the real weapon of mass destruction." It is the humans who use such weapons to annihilate another. What does this tell us? The answer is plain simple, humans are the worst animals on this planet. We can do unto ourselves things that no animals can do. We rape, decapitate, torture, dismember along with all sorts of so-called inhumane acts to ourselves. Smartest animal on Earth huh? The most evolved brains and sophisticated mind huh? Yes, we are the most evolved being who can think of the best ways to mutilate and destroy ourselves.

I don't pretend that I know the solution to the World's problem. I have been living in a very comfortable bubble that shielded me from war and famine. I won't even try to pretend that I understand how the people under the duress of war or those who are starving to death feel. What I write here is just my personal opinion. The Catholic Church, along with all the other religions in the world warned us about demons and Satan from Hell and that we must be wary not to fall under their influence. I'd say, before we start worrying about demons we cannot see, we should look out for demons that are very real and very visible to us, namely human beings.

13 comments:

John Clifford said...

The problem is not human beings. It is human beings who rationalize inhumanity by denying humanity to their enemies.

The Hutus referred to the Tutsis as "cockroaches" or insects to be crushed, not as people. What is it to be able to kill a cockroach? Yet too often in human history have peoples dehumanized their enemies in order to remove psychological barriers to genocide.

Hitler did it. Stalin did it. Mao did it. Pol Pot did it. Saddam did it. The Hutus did it. Civilization is really less than one generation old.

Yes, as you stated, the UN is worthless. It was designed to be worthless, to be able to be thwarted by any one of the five permanent Security Council members. That's why France can thwart stopping genocide in Iraq, and in Rwanda. That's why Russia can stop thwarting Iran's plans to acquire nuclear weapons (their UN veto plus the fact they're selling the Iranians nuclear technology).

As Santayana said, "Only the dead have seen the end of war." The same is true of genocide.

Cyril said...

"I'd say, before we start worrying about demons we cannot see, we should look out for demons that are very real and very visible to us, namely human beings."

Yet....

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. (Eph 6:12)

To deny one thing in order to highlight the other would surely make someone chuckle and laugh with glee.

Unka said...

@John Clifford...
Thank you for your comments. It's not just Stalin or Hitler, throughout the history of humanity, we have conducted mass killings and it seems that we never learn from our history. The only thing that differentiates modern genocide and the previous ones is;the efficiency of it. Billions and billions of dollars are spent just to perfect the art of killing a fellow human being when these money can be channeled to address famine and diseases.
As for the UN...well, UN is a relic of the past. It does not reflect the world today since UN was formed by nations which were victorious in World War 2. The concept of having veto power was fatally flawed to begin with. What do they do with such power? The permanent members of the Security Council use it to protect their own interests.
Though the objectives of UN are very noble, it lacks the power (or should i say willpower?) to actually carry them out. Needless to say, I think the world at large is quite fed-up with UN aka the "talk-shop". Rwanda is just one of the many cases that pointed out the irrelevance of United Nations.

Unka said...

@Cyril
Thanks for your comment as well. From what I can see from genocides and murders, it's not Satan that is whispering into the murderers' ears to urge them to kill. I also do not think that they had a revelation from the Devil that they must rape and pillage.
We can only preach the holy scriptures because the society around us are still sane (generally) and to a certain extent,know what is right and wrong. Once all these collapse, humans will just revert to animals and do what their instincts tell them to. Look at New Orleans after the Katrina hurricane, law and order collapsed and the city spiralled into chaos. Citizens started to loot and kill. Did the devil urge them to do so? I wouldn't know and probably will never know. From what I can see from all these atrocities is that it isn't the work of the Demon from Hell; but the work of humans who succumbed to their animal instincts.

Cyril said...

Sigh... if understood my comments as "Satan is whispering into the murderers' ears to urge them to kill", you've really misread my entire comments. Maybe I ought to highlight some words in CAPS.

TO DENY ONE THING IN ORDER TO HIGHLIGHT THE OTHER would surely make someone chuckle and laugh with glee.

Unka said...

"I'd say, BEFORE we start worrying about demons we cannot see, we should look out for demons that are very real and very visible to us, namely human beings."

Notice the word BEFORE? I don't recall denying anything in order to highlight the other. Did I deny the Catholic teachings or the existence of Satan? You quoted the Bible saying our struggle isn't against the flesh and blood...yada yada yada. I agree with that statement but by quoting some holy scriptures doesn't help stop genocide. What i meant by that statement was that we urgently need to address the atrocities carried out by humans. I would really love to see you preaching the Word of God to them and convince them not to kill anymore.

Unka said...

@Cyril
I might get a bit erm...emotional when commenting. Don't be offended. I might sound downright rude but I respect your comments. :)
Let me reiterate that the last statement i made was referring to people who conduct mass killings. I may have misunderstood your comment but do elaborate. Reiterating it with CAPS won't make me understand it better.
Thanks :Þ

Cyril said...

Preaching will only be of use to people who have a conscience. How about those who commit genocide? Do they have a conscience? I'm not sure about that since I can't read their hearts. The same question applies to every other act considered sinful such as adultery, murder, theft, etc. The Church teaches that every human being has something like a built-in adherence to the natural law. If they choose not to even heed natural law, that's where chaos creeps in.

So what is to be done? I guess that leads to capital punishment, that I won't go into here.

Some people think you only need to be guided by your own conscience. However, do not presume that your conscience is so perfectly formed that you do not need external guidance. There is such a thing called malformed conscience. In a nutshell everyone is responsible for their own souls, as well as for the souls of people around them. One act causes a chain reaction.

OK, enough of my ramblings for now...

Unka said...

Our built-in adherence to natural law is rather flimsy. I concur that we need external guidance but there are religious leaders who has their own agenda that manipulates their people's faith to achieve their personal goals. It's not just the Muslims, even Christians and other religions are guilty of this. Look at Rwanda, more than 60% of their population are Catholics and another 18% are Protestants.(According to Humans Right Watch) Even with religious guidance, these people orchestrated the worst genocide in modern history. My question is, how would we know if our external guidance is actually guiding us down the right path? It just takes one corrupt spiritual leader to corrupt the masses. How do we deal with this?

Anonymous said...

That's where as Catholics we have Tradition to fall back to. Also in matters defined dogmatically by the Pope.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. (Gal 1:8)

Cyril said...

I should also add that a lot of common sense is needed... which is seriously lacking in the world today.

Unka said...

Common sense is a rare necessity when the whole world screams at you to do what they want you to do...

Cyril said...

"Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it, and right is right even if nobody is doing it." (St Augustine)