On the Awakening of Conscience
Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze
President of Federation of World Peace and Love
Vice-President and Member of Advisory Board of AWC,
NGO in Consultative Status with ECOSOC and Associated with the UN DPI
Zhang-men-ren of Tai Ji Men
October 25, 2014
The founding ideals of the United Nations are to maintain international peace and security, promote development, and protect human rights. The concept of human rights is deeply-rooted in the UN Charter. In celebration of UN 69 years, while recognizing the endeavors and achievements of the United Nations and related organizations in attaining peace and protecting human rights, we have to think deeply about what else we can do to contribute to this world of humanity as a civil organization or a world citizen. In addition to lending a helping hand to the Millennium Development Goals, we have to pave a way to sustainability for the present and the future generations after 2015.
We now face daunting challenges in our natural and human environments. Be it combating diseases such as Ebola, preventing disasters caused by climate change, eradicating poverty, providing universal primary education, protecting human rights, preventing conflicts, and promoting peace, each is filled with extreme difficulties. However these are not entirely hopeless undertakings. It is inevitable that we, as world citizens, are in a race against time, fighting against the power of evil and a deteriorating environment. In doing so, what we need is not weapons of massive destructive power, but a heart of conscience. Every one of us should nurture and protect the pure conscience in our hearts that tells right from wrong and gives us the strength to resist temptations. We must be willing to bravely take actions and give our time and efforts to consolidate the kind hearts and good intentions of the people of the world. The powerful collective energies of conscience will improve our society and save ourselves, our families, the world and future generations.
The heart will be lost in the endless pursuit of profits; resulting in the contamination of the inherent kindness of humanity. Once infected with the "loss of conscience", people, businesses and governments will degenerate to the state of "profit at whatever it takes." resulting in collective declines of ethics and moral values, widespread fear and anxiety among people, and countless miseries in life. When we look at the chaos of the world, it's obvious that they all come from the loss of conscience. A slight thought of evil can have far-reaching negative impacts. Government authorities are responsible for the corrective remedies. However, the cure to the fundamental problem lies in the awakening of conscience in everyone's hearts. In the face of discrimination brought forth by ignorance, let us exercise respect to treat one another with dignity. In the face of division resulting from hatred, let us be comforted with forgiveness. The wisdom of love and peace is the best weapon to resolve conflicts. Only when conscience is awakened and exercised will we be given the opportunity of a peaceful and harmonious living environment for sustainability.
As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "Global problems demand global solutions. They compel all nations to unite in action on an agenda for the world’s people." The United Nations and leaders of the nations must take time to reflect and develop action plans that prompt global cooperation among nations and drive stronger partnerships between NGOs and the United Nations. Simultaneously, the younger generation should be encouraged to become international volunteers so that they can develop to reach their potential and contribute to society. Through utilizing the Internet, youth may engage in exchanges that are free of the limitations of time and space. They can even establish an effective global citizen’s network to spread kind thoughts and actions, forming a borderless conscientious culture.
Reshaping a culture to be more conscience-oriented cannot be done overnight. It requires the conscience of every world citizen to be awakened. It takes perseverance and courage that will not succumb to disappointment. Each moment of our life should be spent following the guidance of conscience and be dedicated to enhancing collective welfare of humanity. If everyone can commit to following their conscience, the impact will be enormous. As long as the hearts of the people are kind, just, and compassionate, the power of world citizens is endless. Saving the planet and humanity as conscientious warriors is no longer a dream!
Thank you and wish you good health and all the best.