by Jerry Alatalo
“Truth is on the march; nothing now can stop it.”
— EMILE ZOLA (1840-1902)
Jeremy Corbyn received 60% of the vote and was elected leader of Britain’s Labour Party. Three hours after the election results were announced , Mr. Corbyn addressed an estimated 100,000 people who’d gathered in London to express their support for the desperate hundreds of thousands seeking refuge after fleeing wars and violence in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other societies which have become destabilized in recent months, years and decades.
The new Labour leader spoke for around 8-minutes, but the message which resonates most powerfully and holds the potential for profound transformation of human civilization could have been summed up in one sentence: “Find peaceful solutions to the problems of this world.” A great majority of men, women and children living in this generation around the Earth would agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s plain and direct statement identifying war as the root cause of the refugee crisis facing humanity.
For most rational human beings, holding a philosophical position that embraces the idea that opting for peaceful resolution of differences and problems over wars, killing and violence is simple common sense and far healthier in all aspects, but what makes Mr. Corbyn’s election as Britain’s Labour leader so extraordinary is that one of the world’s highest-level, most-visible politicians is essentially calling for world peace.
Some people believe there is no such thing as a “coincidence”. Looking at Mr. Corbyn’s surprising election victory (his odds of winning two months ago were 200-1) one day after the 14th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and the attacks in New York which fueled the so-called “war on terrorism”, one wonders if there isn’t some far higher spiritual power present and coordinating current events.
It’s worth focusing on and repeating that Britain’s newly elected Labour leader is speaking in public of establishing peace on Earth. Time will tell how other high-level, high-visibility political leaders around the Earth will respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s message calling for peaceful solutions to human problems, but if their responses include any criticism of his belief that war is not the best option those particular leaders will become met with demands for very thorough explanations, in light of the current state of world anti-war opinion.
In other words, Jeremy Corbyn’s election victory makes it now much more difficult for those leaders who people label as “hawks” to defend their pro-war positions, and the explanation for that new reality lies in the fact that wars and violence are manifestations of man’s worst personal characteristics and qualities then multiplied in energy and through military force transferred onto the populations of entire nations and regions. Professors of International Relations after Mr. Corbyn’s election will spend a lot of time analyzing the possibilities now emerging as a result of inclusion of political and philosophical ideas which rarely in the past rose to such a high level of power.
It’ll be very interesting to see how professors of International Relations and other related fields of academics like Political Science, Journalism, Philosophy, History etc. analyze Mr. Corbyn’s statements “…find peaceful solutions to the problems of this world”, “…we’re all human beings on the same planet” and “…open your hearts”.
In a sense, academics and other interested observers of world events will find it impossible to exclude studying the relationship between political science and spirit when considering the personal philosophies of both Jeremy Corbyn and the voters who elected him. It’s a very beneficial and good thing the global discussion has risen, and will continue rising, to a far higher philosophical and spiritual level.
Now, if only Mr. Corbyn called for a real investigation of 9/11…
“I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.”
— MOHANDES GANDHI (1869-1948)
(Thank you to Stop the War Coalition at YouTube)