Coronavirus pandemic woes bolster “World Moral Day” drive
UNFAZED by swirling quagmire of international conflicts and falling moral standards the globe over, a motley crowd of incorrigible enthusiasts, riding on a glimmer of hope, are working tirelessly for the establishment of a new world order based on ethical and moral values, and they are chasing a dream to observe “The World Moral Day” every year on September 2 under the auspices of the United Nations.
As repeated bids are being made to realize the Moral Daydream, an international webinar was held today to further the concept and seek the support of the world community for the day, aimed at redeeming resolve for moral values practices even in the most trying circumstances. The day is proposed to be observed every year on September 2 as the World War Second had ended that day. Today’s Seminar was organized on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference.
Dr. Abdul Basit Syed
The Moral Day movement is being spearheaded by Dr. Abdul Basit Syed, who is the Founder & Chairman of World Humanitarian Drive (WHD). Speaking at the seminar, He said a steering committee of 20 members has been constituted recently and “I am happy to announce that these 20 members hail from twenty different countries to take forward the dream”.
He says the day will certainly pave way for creation of moral ecosystem, and values will be inculcated among the global community which has tasted the stark reality of the fragility of human existence during the pandemic coronavirus.
According to him, the COVID-19 days have shown a mirror to the world that everything is highly fragile and temporary, and only human values and morality can steer the world of the current crisis or any such crisis in the future too.
According to him, morality is the differentiation of decisions, actions, and intentions between the ones that are right or good, and the ones that are wrong or bad. Morality is also defined as conformity to the right conduct rules. Morality means rightness or goodness.
“The fabric of any society is held together by the standards of morality that we maintain and practice. Morals are our personal set of beliefs about what is important, unimportant, right, wrong, good, and bad. When we are confronted by choices, options, or moral dilemmas, the decisions we make will indicate what morals we hold.”
The virtual seminar, which was moderated by Neeraj Bajpai, journalist, India had participations of over 40 countries and eminent philosophers and scholars took part in the discussions that veered around the essence of morality and its growing significance in the wake of both inter and intra conflicts in the nations and “final common man sufferings.
Dr. Michael Geary, USA, Founder – Cranmore Academy LLP who joined from Florida, US highlighted the significance of the proposed day and said without morality, everything is at stake. He laced his arguments with quotes from internationally acclaimed epic Mahabharata. He recalled the last days of Bhishma Pitamha, who despite lying on a bed made of arrows at the Kurushetra was giving lessons of morality and Dharma to his surviving clan members.
According to Mr. Geary, the renowned archer made a profound statement that” He who nurtures morality will be sustained by morality. He strongly advocated the practice of non-violence to bring the purity of mind and soul. He says anyone who harbors anger, resentment, etc. does it so at his or her own peril as all these negative thoughts generate clutter in the mind and disturb mental peace.
He made a pertinent philosophical point that principles of morality exist in-universe as energetic particles if we have consciousness for these principles, they sustain us if we neglect them, we do that at our own peril. He said Indian sages followed all these traditions.
Mr. Geary’s observations were followed by Dr. BV Nemi Swami, UK, Founder – Wisdom Alliance, he said that unless inner consciousness is not pure, it would impact adversely both body and mind. He said the moral and ethical values create a pure ecosystem and people perform better for the common cause of the community and humanity as a whole.
He strongly supported the idea of the Moral day and said such concepts were required as the standards in the society are falling at a rapid pace and nations are waging war against each other in various formats like stealing data or by resorting to cyber-attacks on systems.
He said the world needs a common purpose to increase the wellbeing of everybody. He said the body, mind and soul should work in complete harmony. It is the duty of the leaders to create good framework work so that best values can be practices bereft of any bias on the basis caste, creed religion, or color of skin.
He observed that wellbeing is the birthright of every individual.
Dr. Sergey Dvoryanov, Russia, President – International Diplomatic Club said the morality and spirituality are inseparable. He said the world’s moral day would create positive vibes and coming generations will continue to cherish social and moral values. He said even if some are not religious, morality creates a different mindset for betterment of the society. He said the world situation on the morality front is really worrisome and the deteriorating trends must be arrested to make the better world.
Mr. Martin Weightman, UK, Director – All Faiths Network WHO IS THE Champion of Human Rights, in his detailed address said that the proposed moral day will certainly help create a new world order. He said it is the profound duty of every individual to work for society by overcoming the practical difficulties.
Mr. Martin said one should not be bothered about practical difficulties but find ways to happiness to achieve goals. He waived book covers that had titles like” The Practical ways to Happiness “.
Dr. Arul G Sabesh, India, Secretary-General – WHD India proposed a vote of thanks and outlined plans to realize the long-cherished dream of the Moral Day.
Mr. Basit, in a detailed note on the morality, said, “Morals are only our perception of the principles of nature that govern our lives or the universe, and not these principles themselves. We think that there should be a specific set of principles protecting and governing all human beings. Some morals refer to how one should act (be honest, altruistic, self-disciplined) while other morals refer to what one wants to accomplish or obtain in life (a lot of money, fame, a family, friendships, world peace).
The society helps individuals to grow in culture and learn through experiences of all aspects of life. Societies instill culture, religion, economy, and politics in individuals because as people grow up, they tend to pick something from the dynamics of life and the societal opinions on certain aspects of life.
Moral values are also instilled by society. The morals that a person grows up with are the morals that will be displayed in his or her character.
Morality is the elementary weapon used to shape the society that includes the education system, political system, and health care system, which consists of major to minor foibles.
It takes a well-educated man to forge ahead a bright future but only a well-educated man with moral values can keep it prevailed.
There are extra special days to celebrate love, friendship, literacy, heritage, and food and so on, there must be a day to mark the importance of the most crucial characteristic of a human being- MORALS AND VALUES.
A man without morals is like a living body without a living soul. The purpose of our life is to be happy and moral values are the key to happiness. Faith in humanity is gradually shrinking. At this standpoint, it is pivotal to address WORLD MORAL DAY as it reminds every human being on the globe to act according to his or her principles of right and wrong. (Coronavirus pandemic/Coronavirus pandemic-/Coronavirus pandemic)
World Moral Day is the ray of hope for the future of mankind and the earth.
Morality builds the mind for equality by respecting all human beings and our surroundings. He said, World Moral Day will mark the beginning of a better place for the entire human race. Just as how war and immorality is conjoined, peace and morality also are inseparable.
The Moderator quoted anecdotes from one of the most beautiful books to read is “Die Empty” by Todd Henry.
The author was inspired and got this idea of writing this book while attending a business meeting.
When the director asked the audience: “Where is the richest land in the world?”
One of the audience answered: “Oil-rich Gulf states.”
Another added: “Diamond mines in Africa.”
Then the director said: “No it is the cemetery. Yes, it is the richest land in the world, because millions of people have departed, “they have died” and they carried many valuable ideas that did not come to light and benefited others. It is all in the cemetery where they are buried.”
Inspired by this answer, Todd Henry wrote his book “Die Empty.” Where he did his best to motivate people to pour out their ideas and potential energies in their communities and turn them into something useful before it is too late. The most beautiful of what he said in his book is: “Do not go to your grave and carry inside you the best that you have.
*Always choose to Die Empty*
The TRUE meaning of this expression, is to die empty of all the goodness that is within you. Deliver it to the world, before you leave
If you have an idea perform it.
If you have knowledge give it out.
If you have a goal achieve it.
Love, share, and distribute, do not keep it inside.
Shall we begin to give and remove and spread every atom of goodness inside us?
The seminar was opened with a small historical anecdote as eminent scholars of philosophy were there. When Alexander the Great was proceeding to one of its biggest wars and troops were ready. He asked some of his people to go to Aristotle for advice. Aristotle, a great philosopher who was taught by none other than Plato, gave the advice. It was whispered in the ears of Alexander. And the prescription was “take some philosophers with you because whenever you will commit a mistake, they will point out and corrections could be brought about”. So the role of philosophers in the ongoing war-like situation against the raging pandemic has become very crucial.
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