Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Knowledge, Sustainability and Peace

Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Knowledge, Sustainability and Peace

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ABSTRACT

Progress through sustainable practices of agriculture and industrial growth has been the desired objective in many countries around the world. However, progress through sustainability has eluded majority of humans. While some areas of development have been positive, many present day advances has given rise to problems that are in hindsight very painful Peace is another commodity that has eluded most people in today's world. All this goes to show that something deep is lacking in our worldview today. Unless there is a fundamental shift in our vision, we may not be able to achieve these desired goals. Many new problems are raising their hideous heads in the social and psychological fabric of the nations of the world. The new vision should include the wisdom of our ancients who have dealt with these problems In effective ways. A knowledge-based society, with the right type of knowledge, could overcome many of the problems we face today. The knowledge base needs to be accessed for each societal form and a coordinated effort is required to synthesize these for the common good. This paper is an attempt to present the relevant knowledge base from a particular perspective familiar to the author.

INTRODUCTION

The turn of the century has not brought to close any old problems, nor has it prevented new problems from raising their insidious head. In fact, it is easy to guess that many may opine peace has moved farther in the horizon than ever before. The world is getting more polarized with death and destruction looming large in many parts of the world. Financial security which seemed to have brought peace is no longer available even in the socalled advanced countries; religion and fanatical interpretations of the scriptures in most parts of the world has led to acute polarization in the name of religion. Do we have a future awaiting our children, or are we destroying the delicate fabric of social trust thereby creating untold miseries around? These problems are no longer distant possibilities; they are of immediate concern to the public at large though they may not be important in the tumult of world affairs. The political leaders are busy with their everyday struggle for survival in power while the intellectuals are busy creating a fancy world of make believe of computers and source codes hoping perhaps these will relieve the pain of social chaos. Perhaps eighty per cent of the world today is untouched by these 'advances'. Their concern is the daily toil and sustenance for themselves and their families.

Much has been said about knowledge based society of the future. The knowledge base (of the technical kind) is necessary to deal with the chores of gathering news, ordering commodities from the world wide net, paying tax and banking. Such knowledge of transactional kind is indeed required for efficient operation of the world. In India, it is popular to talk about e-governance; a concept of internet based transaction of all governmental procedures. How this is going to percolate to the eighty per cent of the agricultural workers who live necessarily in rural areas is beyond any one's wild imagination. Where there are no or inadequate highways to meet the transportation needs of commodities, iways (internet highways or communication networks) are available! The proverbial 'digital divide' has widened the already deep chasm between the haves and the want-to-haves. With such advances at hand, one is reminded of a caricature in a prominent daily in India which portrayed a villager with a cell phone asking a visitor in a car to read out to him (the villager) the SMS message (in English, of course) he got in his cell phone!

While the above problem of knowledge base is not a serious threat to the social life of many countries, there is another and more insidious problem that needs a very through analysis and immediate attention. The religious fervor of the people of many countries has grown by leaps and bounds. …

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