While using phrase “ Ideology of Future” I don’t invoke Dr Muhammad Rafiuddin’s famous book bearing same title . Nor am I interested in futurists like Alvin Tofler or Francis Fukuyama. Let’s discuss them at some other place and at appropriate time. My intention here is just to describe the contours of sustainable ideology that can provide a stable matrix in which to imagine our future. Future is stochastic and all techniques of certainty waver while they are utilised in the process of future imagination. But there is one thing that we can be sure about and that is if humans are going to expect any future they need to visualise it in the frame of reference of love, cosmopolitanism, universalism, religious tolerance, educational enlightenment and giving up all notions of monopoly, bias, racial or religious supremacy. Human history, as somebody noted is a boredom intercepted by wars. The author, whoever he is seems to be more fascinated by wars than by peace. It is true that wars have been a constant factor in the history of civilization and these wars were always rooted in an ideology – the ideology may be as simple as “urge to dominate” or as hyperbolic as “ civilizing the world”. At any cost, humans have fought and have fought terribly throughout history. The roots of this war psychology are well counted by modern day anthropology. Now having made exponential progress in past few decades the concept of war is monstrous to humans, humanity and entire civilization. We can’t simply continue with the notion of clash of civilizations. We have to have ways for confluence of civilizations if in any case we want this earth to survive further in history. But to this end we need to understand that peace like war is also rooted in ideology and the bedrock of peace is the ideology of love. The ideology of love means to have a heart that throbs for entire humanity, not just in theory but importantly in practice. This ideology of love demands that we give up our chamber tight notions of individualism and let ourselves merge in the larger pool of humanity and universal harmony. The primary of such an approach will be peace in our individual lives which will by necessity translate into larger global peace. It is true that these things sound much like abstract hyperboles, but history has laid before us ample examples to live and tread this path of love. In the images of Jesus, Ram , Muhammad, Nanak, Rumi, Kabir and countless others we don’t only see individual characters but larger icons of this ideology of love. It is such a debasing shame to see followers of these Holy men preach and practice hatred that’s a total antithesis of what their prophets and holy men taught. Religious people need to be reminded of the exploitation of their innocence and much importantly they need to be reminded of how religious fanaticism translates into political voluntarism. The “literature of love” has to play a role to this end. As an individual I see writers like Rumi, Kabir, Meera, Rabiya, Tolstoy, Schoun, Martin Lings and others highly appreciable and applicable in this direction. It is not only about us as individuals but more importantly about our role as conscious citizens of globe that we need to be very sensitive to such issues. If we fail to do so, then we are destined to get doomed by weapons that were created by best scientific minds and what an irony can be than to see human intelligence wiping off human race from planet.
Amir Suhail Wani is a freelance columnist with bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a student of comparative studies with special interests in Iqbaliyat & mystic thought.