What is your dream today, Malaysia?

Posted: August 29, 2007 in Freedom of Speech

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Excerpt from John Lennon’s Imagine 

If only the people of the world could look at the world, at our nation, at our people in this manner the world would be such a better place to live in wouldn’t it. I read one of my blog feeds today that used John Lennon’s lyrics to remind her of something that they all should strive for. When will the world live as one? But how can the world live as one when nations themselves with their own people can achieve such a vision? The call to live as one all over the world happens every day with every nation but the question remains if it’s purely imaginary..such a vision..can it be brought to live? Haris of the People’s Parliament and his team has taken the first step in Malaysia to spark off the vision to live, now its your turn to keep it going and make a difference. The question is whether you could be bothered….whether you would take the time…whether you think its worth fighting for..We are looking for a distinct identity for our people but it no way are we trying to abolish or do away with the beauty of our diverse cultures, languages etc. When I was teaching Public Speaking to my students in college, I often used Martin Luther’s speech to teach them about how such a passionate piece could not only be created but delivered to create such a strong impact on an audience. I used Martin Luther King because he was so passionate about his cause…he had the courage to be what most of us are scared of…he had an immense love for his people for rights..for himself….as he fought for the right to be free. As I read Martin Luther King’s speech, it did not remind me of the past but more so what I experiencing in the world today despite his speech being delivered many many years ago. What he said then had so much bearing now, for despite the change of scene the situation remains the same. We might not have to fight for the right of siting in buses but the struggle remains, as we are not truly one, we are still fighting over issues or race and religion.We are divided and as I read from his speech I felt the urge of calling out to our nation to live out its true meaning as he so eloquently put;

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character

“I have a dream today!” 

I ask you what is your dream today?


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