By Hakim Abdlu-Ali
The late and truly great reggae superstars Bob Marley and The Wailers once sang and recorded the intuitive song “So Much Trouble in The World” in 1979. Mr. Marley, who died in 1981, and his group from back then couldn’t have left or made a better intro to what’s happening in world today.
As I think of that timely song’s overall message now, I know that there’s a beauty in recognizing that respect is due to all “hue-mans,” no matter who they are, what they believe in, where they live or come from.
Somehow, I sense that Mr. Marley and his group believed there shouldn’t any hatred between the ethnicities of the world, especially with regards to respectful communal diplomacy in all of its sacred manifestations for all, including and especially for the oppressed of the globe.
It’s a shame that almost thirty-seven-years after Mr. Marley’s passing that the seeds of global wars, political buffoonery, nationalistic turmoils and chaotic hatreds are planted everywhere. From religious hatreds to rampant racism to ethnic bigotries gone wild, the world-at-large of today is seemingly exposed to sinister tragedies unfolding each and every moment of everyday.
As I write, the world is becoming more and more like a modern day Babylon right before our very eyes. So many of today’s populace’s daily obsessions are absorbed with crass commercialism and are into empty “hollow-daze” events as the rest of the globe prepares for another instant news flash about the pandemonium that’s residing somewhere around the fake corner of their worst real nightmares.
I’d like to consider myself a lover of life, with respect for all, so when I see, or hear, about another terrible debacle of unimaginative violence in the world, I feel sorrow at what the standard of living for some ethnic folk in many parts of the world has become, and it has me thinking why is there “So Much Trouble in the World?” Deeply, I believe and think in dreamlike arenas of peace for all where equality mustn’t be a dream deferred.
Unfortunately, that reality is not an apparent actuality in many parts of the globe because untold oppressions exists with no end in sight. I guess you could say that that’s the way of the world as we now know it to be. So much trouble.
I guess, with correctness, if you read and study the histories of past civilizations throughout the annals of time, you’ll probably see and find that religious hatreds, sectarian wars and ethnic divisions have existed throughout recorded mankind. Sadly, it is the storyline of misguided nations, crazed minds and non-spiritual souls, many of whom who never understood what God Alone instructed peace among “hue-manity” is supposed to be about.
Bringing that painful dilemma to light in today’s enlightenment has me reflecting about the continuing violence that is in existence throughout the world now in all of its maddening and sickening displays. It has me wondering what will it take to bring about universal respect for “hue-manity” at large to stop the madness of brother killing brother.
For instance, this past week’s murderous attack on an Egyptian mosque by clueless renegades of the respect for life is disturbing to my self-assumed respect and love for all psyche. I hope that doesn’t sound too cliché, but I really am perturbed about the state of the violent extremisms, in all of its abstract maniacal dimensions, that’s becoming so prevalent in this nation and the rest of the world until its normal fare.
That’s something that’s driving my reflective writing thoughts about peace now as I remember Mr. Marley’s and The Wailers’ stimulating song. It disturbs me as brother of color reminiscing about the escalating Black-on-Black crimes going on in the American inner cities and beyond among folk of the African diaspora. It’s pure insanity!
From all the senseless gang-based deaths to the family-driven disputes that end up in countless fatalities, it’s all heartbreaking to me, and I think it should be also to any sane spiritual ethnic soul. Brother Bob Marley and The Wailers knew what they were singing about. Do you?
As you read on, please don’t think that I’m only narrowing my comments to anyone’s particular religion or to one sole ethnic division in “hue-manity” when I’m addressing this pertinent topic of why there’s “So Much Trouble in The World.” No, I’m actually referring to all segments of global societies where mutual peace, sisterhood, respect, brotherhood and love for all is and has become an archaic ’cause célèbre’.
It’s a shame that there’s so much unsuspecting divisiveness going on in some confused “hue-mans’” minds until this morbid disease is spreading like uncontrolled California wildfires. And, again, it’s so tragically sad because that’s the alarming state in many political caldrons of the world, and everyone, everywhere, appears to be living in fear of something, or someone, never knowing what’s going to happen next.
I don’t know whether you, or others, may agree, or disagree, with my assessments about the abhorrent, increasing American racial violence or the international ethnic cleansing presently going on in parts of the world. But if you think of all the trouble going on around the globe, Mr. Marley’s and The Wailers’s tune hits the jackpot in describing our worldly state of affairs.
All of this makes me, and it should make you and others also, aware that everyone’s personal safety is at a premium now due to the unexpected nature of living as we know it to be in today’s fearful cyberspace inner sanctum.
We all should take a chill pill and think about the fragility of a single moment in time because each moment is becoming rarer by the second.
That’s why I write so much about the preciousness of savoring each and every moment that’s given to us all in this present moment because they are gifts from the Creator Alone. The living experience is such that it should make any spiritually aware soul think with reverence about how fragile life really, really is. I know that I do, and I try to be at peace with myself and others because the living experience is much, much too tender a living reality to take for granted. I hope you’re not troubled by what I said.
Listen closely. God Alone creates and gives life and no created “hue-man” in creation has the right to play God. Most respectfully, I ask, “Do you understand that?” So, please think before you answer because the next moment could be your last. Be at peace.
I believe that even though I’m not a Rastafarian as Mr. Marley and The Wailers were, and I believe in the general message of respect for all that they spoke of. In my view, that goes for all of the world’s so-called religious folk and even for all of the universe’s other diverse prideful ethnic beings.
My own true religious direction and spiritual leanings teach me so much about the very nature of peace and respect, and in my heart and soul, I believe also that “there’s no compulsion in religion.” Many times, I wished that others understood that too.
If we started doing that maybe, just maybe, we could end some of the troubles before they get out of hand. Remembering Bob Marley’s and The Wailers’ song may help along the way. For today and always, that’s, “As I See It.”