What the world is seeing, in the Arab world, in Libya, and in Hong Kong is that when formal leaders make themselves out of touch with the inspiration of the peoples they are representing, the peoples become disillusioned with so called leaders and we are seeing new generations of self-leadership, the people who think we can make do without strong emphasis on formal leadership since these formal leaders are not actually leading but governing for the interest of the few in the name of the majority.
So the world watches in perplexion and some in cynicism as leaderless people rise up to voice their disagreement on how they are being ruled. While movements have been hijacked by replacement tyrants such as in Eqypt and by greedy opportunists in Libya, much of the populations in these countries have consistently shown that idealistic and self-leadership quality unprecedented in the decades preceding.
Formal leaders no longer enjoy that sacred, untouchable positions in societies because time and again, they have shown not to be trustworthy by putting their own self-interest above that of the peoples hence them being perceived to have lost the moral authority to govern the very peoples they have betrayed. Of course it goes without saying that formal leaders will make every attempt to make it appear that they still hold the necessary moral authority to govern, but their dishonesty is for all to see and judge and threats and intimidations, often in the name of law, such as what those ruling in Singapore use, will often backfire and provide fuel to further call for peoples’ actions.
To put it in the most blunt words, it is no longer easy to con the people as it had always been. And the people demand authentic leadership instead subjugation in the name of stability, growth, and security. The peoples demand the leaders work for them and not the opposite as often the case in dictatorial regimes, including one in Singapore.
Political leaders or even religious leaders are no longer held as the sacred cows to be held in false moral and societal pedestal. The peoples want accountability. And unless leaders start to lead and serve the peoples they are responsible for, we will undoubtedly see more of these types of leaderless movements around the world.
The outcomes of such movements are not important in themselves. When these sacred cows have been removed from their moral and societal pedestal, they no longer be able to exert the notion that they are legitimate and sound leaders of their peoples. And the only way to remain in power is to perpetually rely on draconian methods that will backfire and end their rule altogether in time. If not, they risk being an ineffective leaders which the world couldn’t take in all seriousness. In short, they are finished no matter the outcome.
And for this reason I say the current Hong Kong Chief is also finished. He has been removed from effective power by the people and no longer commands respect, both from his people and from abroad. I won’t be surprised if China decides to appoint his replacement in near future. China would be saving its face more and doing itself a big favor by axing the Hong Kong’s top official than by keeping him. The man has become a liability.
Just yesterday someone spoke that it is ignorance to fight in unwinnable situation, implying that one should pick one’s fight and compromise or collaborate when one thinks he or she is unable to win. The kind of words that tries to justify every collaboration and compromise with murderous tyrants and which is responsible for too many sufferings and injustices in the world. The words of cowards or unscrupulous opportunistic people. Although taken with the context I would think it was an attempt to create a perception of invincibility out of insecurity by propagating fear that I couldn’t take too kindly be it coming from the mouth of a state leader or a destitute person. I don’t believe in governing through fear and I think whoever that does is unfit to govern in the first place.
But winning is a matter of perception and in all truthfulness the Hong Kong Chief has lost. The students have won from the early days of their movement. Fortunately for us, that there are brave men and women who put their lives at risk for the sake of many of us, despite many who think they are foolish and these students are these kinds of people. They have won. They picked a fight which they couldn’t lose, no matter the outcome.
Note: I used the phrase sacred cows not as an insult to the Hindus. Please don’t take offense at my phrase. I respect all religions and Hinduism included. Namaste!
Many people who claim to have glimpsed objective consciousness say that there is no death or that death is a mere transition to another life. But my own personal glimpsing of death (not my own but that of a stranger’s) , thanks to a loving God, gave me a whole different insight. And I think it is PARAMOUNT for people to understand the nature of death in order to be able to live a correct life.
So I’m going to exactly describe the experience of being dead, without me having ever becoming dead,
The dead are not aware of themselves. They do not remember their identities, their past memories. They are not aware of where they are now too. They do not actually know that they are dead or are in death. Perhaps many of dying people knew, in their final moments that they would soon die but after crossing that line of death they don’t quite actually realize they are dead. There’s no awareness of anything in death including of death itself.
The dead no longer remember God. Now this may not sound much to unbelievers but to those people like me, people who believe in God and who have witnessed God in their lives and who have come to know God personally, this is probably one of the most frightening aspects of being dead. In life whenever I get into trouble I can always remember God and even on many occasions call on God to help which He did. But there is no remembrance of God in the slightest in death. There is a slight consolation however, that despite the dead not being able to remember God, God which is in all things, is too with every dead even, even when the dead experience nothing at all.
Lastly, the dead are wholly unable to register time at all. There’s no recollection of time in death, at all. This is somewhat a consolation because the nothingness in death isn’t felt at all to be long. The dead could wait for ANY stretch of time and wouldn’t realize just how long they have been dead, when they are reawakened.
The closest word to describe death that living people are familiar with is SLEEP. That death feels like a deep sleep without dream nor waking up.
The most frightening aspect about being dead is that being dead is being unmade, becoming un-being. We are so used to being that becoming un-being is a frightening thing. We all have tasted that freedom of being. We all have tasted that autonomy of living in which we are free to decide for ourself on our desires, thoughts and feelings. That’s the meaning of being which the dead are deprived of. The second most frightening aspect is probably the non remembrance of a loving God. The third most frightening aspect of death is that we all die alone, individually without taking with us anything or anyone but our past deeds and motives. The dead have nothing but their past deeds and motives. Thus it is important to live a correct life because all other things and people will not be with us in our death. That we will be defined by our works and character instead of our mere reputation.
The consolation of being dead is that the dead may be reawakened at a later time since that would be the only reason why the dead keep their living identities even to their sleep of death. The second consolation is that even the dead are still within God. That God is still with every one of the dead despite the nonexistence of experience in death. The third consolation is that the dead could literally wait for eternity and not be burdened by it since they no longer able to register time at all, not even in the slightest.
So I would like to pass you all a message, be wise in your life, life is a treasure, it’s a time for us to give and receive, material or immaterial, we all could make a difference both to ourselves and to other people by what we decide to do in our lives. Decide well because what we do goes into eternity. We will be defined solely by our works and character not our reputation.
Of course what I just wrote here is the insight of death or rather, a dead person’s soul, from the perspective of living consciousness. The dead themselves are aware of nothing and are fearful of nothing, and experience nothing at all. In a way it’s one way to experience death from the perspective of living consciousness and it’s another when we actually die ourselves. It’s not too dissimilar to experiencing other beings’ I or the I in other beings that the sensation or perception is far stronger than even the other beings are aware of themselves. Most of us take our subjective Is for granted, not being fully aware of our inner worlds.