Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Two Faces of Civilization

 Dr Abe V Rotor
 Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Home, Sweet Home with Mother Earth

“The ultimate test of any civilization
Is not in its inventions and deeds;
But the endurance of Mother Nature
In keeping up with man’s endless needs.”

AVR, Light in the Woods.

But what is civilization? Can’t civilization hear and heed the groaning of Creation?
  • It is civilization that wiped out the American Indians from the Great Plains.
  • It is civilization that plundered the Aztec and Maya Empires.
  • It is civilization that spurred the powerful West to "discover" and colonize the East.
  • It is civilization that resulted in the death of millions and the genocide of 6 million Jews during the second world war.
  • It is civilization that built the atomic bomb – and dropped it in two cities of an "enemy."
  • It is civilization that made a clone animal, Dolly the Sheep, and inevitably man.
  • It is civilization that threatens the whale and the Philippine Eagle, and resulted to the extinctions of many species.
  • It is civilization that is causing global warming and its untold consequences destroying lives and properties.
  • It is civilization that is causing today’s fuel crisis and food shortage, drastic inflation and loss of currency value, the recession of America and consequently the world, ad infinitum.
But it is also civilization that brought us and our society to the highest level of consciousness no known species can parallel. It is civilization that makes the Earth a beautiful place to live in.
  • It is civilization that created our great institutions that bind us into a society.
  • It is civilization that made the greatest masterpieces in thought and in the arts.
  • It is civilization that instills in us pride and dignity in our continuing accomplishments.
  • It is civilization that prods us to explore the ocean and space, and knowledge itself.
  • It is civilization that treasures knowledge in libraries, archives and multimedia, all ever expanding and mysteriously revealing.
It is civilization that makes nations great - big and small - equally proud of their culture, and contribution to the world.

It is civilization that brings us all towards universal brotherhood and globalization, shrinking the world into a friendly village.

It is civilization that makes heroes and martyrs that always prevail at the end in keeping peace and order here in our only home, The Planet Earth.~


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