Vine or Ninevites!

The world is moving at a fast pace. One can think we are racing towards a certain destination. We are caught up in this ruckus of a rowdy world. The journey of life in this world is punctuated with good and bad times, highs and lows, twists and turns, ups and down, thick and thin. Despite all this, life still goes on a speed thoroughfare. As the world moves rapidly to some sort of a climax, so are the fears and anxieties multiplied.

The mixture of uncertainty, selfishness and post-truth leaves a heavy burden on the back of humanity that is already perplexed and bamboozled. However, the journey forth is not slowed down by these affairs. In fact, it seems that we are running on steroids. We appear not to get tired or worn-out. Our strength does not fail us until the last minute. The perceived growth and development are anchored in blood and sweat. And after we become drained, we breathe our last and call it quits; not having time to sit under an apple tree and play with parrots.

Our human camaraderie and jocundity of life receive good strokes of canes from selfishness. This is not enough, as our obsession with objects and materials can sometimes hit through the ceilings to the detriment of our fellow human beings. This is best exemplified in our daily lives. How do we transact our daily business? It is seldom a win-win situation. Most of the time it is a win-lose venture. ‘Me, myself and I’ are the crying words from our darkened hearts.

How many times do we see commercial vans carry commuters in excess just for the love of an extra coin? No little care is given to the comfort and safety of the passengers. They are counted as means to great wealth. It is typified in every other sector of our socioeconomic fabric. It is a culture whereby the end justifies the means. Stop and ponder! Is it true that the end justifies the means in all circumstances?

As this is not enough, the already overfilled commuter vans can now over-speed. It is an inescapable pattern of behaviour that is exhibited on our roads. We are as guilty as judged. The degradation of our consciousness and civility is wanton. It is the crying abuse of the 21st Century.

Why do we love things at the expense of beings? I wonder why our hearts have geometrically continued to grow cold. Perhaps we are at that time when the love of many is to grow cold – Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold (Matthew 24:12).

Are we so concerned, like Jonah, with the vine that we have forgotten the human lives in Nineveh? (Jonah 4).

“Anything that just costs money is cheap.”
John Steinbeck

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