The political turmoil and violence our small nation Maldives is witnessing today brings tears to my eyes – and I am sure into that of many others too. The damage and destruction to bodies, minds, and structures is pathetic, and the fear and anguish being seared into the hearts of an unassuming public by the few is deplorable. Such a far cry from the peaceful nation we had! And what development potential we had in vantage. We throw it away with nothing but greed in our minds. Innocence is lost, and I would say we have sold our soul to the evil that is our bloated egos. How can such behavior demonstrated by those we have selected to be our leaders be taken for good role modeling? Leaders are, by their very nature, those that lead and show good example for the betterment of a cause. And we as a nation have selected leaders to move our nation state forward to bring peace and harmony amongst us citizens. We need those with the knowledge and wisdom to move our ship through the turbulent waters of life with awareness, mindfulness and prudence.
But, given the continuing chaos, what we are witnessing today are those seemingly without that caliber to be such captains. How can our children be expected to follow these manifest examples? Do we want to nurture another generation of angry youth? There is ample evidence to demonstrate that children become what they see and experience around them. When we blatantly infringe the God-given responsibility of parenthood to nurture good human beings we forfeit our right to be the bearers of morality in our society. Leaders must be truthful, visionary and forthright and full of the edge that comes from strength of doing the right thing. And of character that will elevate them as beacons of hope for an egalitarian future, not be pitiful plunderers in a selfish moment.
In searching out solutions for this moment we are facing on our home-front, there is no better option for warring parties than to come to the table - however ego-demeaning it may feel. Conflicts are resolved when we can put our best options for a negotiated settlement on the table and coming to compromise - to put the "issue" for debate rather than hold on to our pet "positions". Only then can we separate our ego from our real self and become sober to the realities of the public's needs.
For the promise of a safe and hopeful long term future, it would have to be the nurturing of a responsible citizenry by re-thinking the basis of our whole educational and parenting system to instill that good character and community conscience that will be the gold standards by which our future leaders will measure their actions. For now, it's going to be an uphill climb again. But who said building sustainable nationhood was a piece of cake? Yes, Dear Citizens, let's not make the same mistake again!