Let us all begin this chapter with an overview of humanity to be followed by the two (2) key pertinent questions – who is God to you and who are you to God in an intellectual questions and answers dialogue – examining all key aspects of our present day beliefs in our contemporary daily living environment.
In our present day, there are numerous religions and beliefs and even denominations within the same sect of faith. The major renowned beliefs are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
The Atheists do not believe there is the existence of God. They proclaim that men created God in their psychological minds. In their viewpoint, God is created to fill up the knowledge gap which science has yet to fully discover to give us the satisfactory illuminating answer in an acceptable and convincing manner concerning any matter.
All the above-mentioned major renowned religions and beliefs are supposedly to lead humanity into upright morale living with correctness of social relationships exhibiting equal rights, justice, fairness, respect and care for all human races living under one roof on earth which is our world.
Without doubt though many may dispute it - our present-day world has seen tremendous progress in humanity – be it in the field of science, social justice, economic development, human rights, health care, environmental care and others.
Our world has progressed from two (2) infamous world wars – the First World War from 1914 to 1918 whilst the Second World War from 1935 to 1945. Millions of innocent civilians had been tortured and killed during these two wars and yet all these major renowned religions and beliefs had existed thousands or hundreds of years before these catastrophic events.
And many are anticipating a third world war in the age to come with the high likelihood of it to be triggered in the Middle East – the seemingly no end conflict between the Jews and the non-Jewish people (including all of us).
The social and economic injustice is seemingly more evident with nearly half of the world’s population living on less than USD3 a day (equivalent to USD90 a month)! According to UNICEF, approximately 22,000 children die each day due to poverty!
In countries which embrace democratic practices and perfectly free capital markets with dominance seen mostly in western countries; it is a common phenomenon for the wealthiest households to own the majority of the country’s wealth as wide disparities in wealth and income are evident in all of these countries.
Two notable examples in point are America and India – the wealthiest 1% of American households own 40% of the country’s wealth according to a most recent research paper whilst for India – the richest 1% of Indian households own half of the country’s wealth and the bottom 60% which is the majority of the Indian population, own only a miniscule 5% of the nation’s wealth.
In countries which embrace social capitalism where intervention from the central government or bureaucracy is evidently in practice – the economic disparities in wealth and income are similar. A leading example is China – the richest 1% of the households own more than one third (1/3) of the country’s wealth.
Driven by the very lustful desires of human nature for dominion in almost every sphere of connectivity in an ever-expanding boundary of existence, men continue with their selfish pursuit for self-proclaimed righteousness, political power, economic dominance and self- actualization perpetuating social and economic injustice and lawlessness in human societies throughout the history of mankind.
There are many of us who are born deformed – blind, deaf, dumb, lame with some even without hands and legs while others are mentally retarded. And without doubt, there are also a handful of us who are born rich – children of multimillionaires or billionaires.
There had been, there are and there would be – many heroes who had fought, who are continuing with their struggles and who would be fighting for justice in human rights and equality in the social and economic wellbeing for the common good of all brotherhood in their societies and countries. Some of their names could be remembered if only they were recorded in the history books and many were forgotten as time continues to move on with our everlasting journey in the history of mankind.
Questions which had surfaced in our minds a long time ago in the past, present and age to come continued to resurface time and time again as we continue to endure our struggles in our daily life.