Over the years, as industrialisation and the ‘knowledge economy’ intensifies, we have lost the ability to live in harmony with the environment.
We have grown alienated from ourselves, from our fellow human beings and from Nature. As we focus relentlessly on GDP growth, we have poured concrete on green spaces, slashed hills, raped rainforests, polluted the air, depleted natural resources and dumped toxic waste into rivers and seas.
Nature has responded in an attempt to preserve itself from the gathering destruction. Weather patterns are changing, glaciers are melting, and closer to us, flood waters are rising in Bangkok.
Perhaps we could learn a thing or two from the spirituality of the forests monks (The Star.)
The Bodhi Heart Sanctuary along Mount Erskine is holding a photo exhibition by Ajahn Cagino, a Malaysian monk of the Thai Forest tradition, from 14-20 November.
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Capital never sleeps. It may well finish us all off.
Nature also needs to be sustainable although human may have no direct control eg earthquake.
I suggest your motto should read “Let Sustainable Justice Flows Liek A Mighty River” as we move towards challenging 2012. What say you ?
Thanks… its a good idea! will consider it.
Hindus venerate (not worship) the cow because the cow is a source of sustenance. Hindus by religious belief, culture and tradition, do not kill or eat the meat of cows. All Malaysians know that.
It would be highly insensitive for cows to be killed in the premises of schools where Hindu children are present. This should not be a point of controversy.
Intense logging has strip bare the buffer zone that hep[s to retain rainwater thus causing floods. Thailand is a good example.
The rich Bangkok businessmen cut down trees in Northern Thailand, now rainwater from the north enters Bangkok city!
Malaysia must take note.
Lots of illegal logging around!
Kedah Pedu area is an example.
I think this monk did come to give a short lecture to us during my u orientation week. If I not mistaken, he was a graduate from MU.
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