At a few thousand feet above the ground cruising over the clouds and admiring the view, what better can one do than to think? To think and to discover the true potential of our thinking is perhaps the greatest privilege human beings have. What societies do to live with, in a universal perspective, are abundances and scarcities and it is with these ups and downs that people play the game. Thus economics came into being. The most interesting thing about economics is that the entire arena of study is based on two fundamentals we all know – Demand and Supply. Generally, what is abundant is not an issue, as what is required for spreading that particular resource involves growth and mobilization. So every issue fundamentally falls down to the point of scarcity and therefore, we come to the biggest question that lies in front of us – What is the greatest scarcity in the world?
Finding the greatest scarcity in the world is, to me, a process of thinking and not a research process. Most people would think the greatest scarcities we face in the world today are food and money. Some may even think there is a growing scarcity of fresh water, but to me – it all comes down to a simple emotion and an integral fundamental belief called Humanitarianism. There is a need of identification for the fostering of humanist values and ideas in the systems of education and social welfare we live in. It all starts with the identification of human dignity, which is equal with virtue without discrimination and this is the very foundation of all leadership, value, systems and laws that must be in place.
One of the oldest humanist ethic ideas goes back to Southern Africa, derived from the Bantu language – the concept of Ubuntu. Ubuntu is an age-old African term for humaneness – for caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation. As an ideal, it promotes co-operation between individuals, cultures and nations. Ubuntu is the essence of being human and offers us an understanding of ourselves in relation to the world. Ubuntu talks about wholeness and compassion and the idea that “I am because I belong”.
Within the vast differences that the world lives in today, this belief is the most relevant potential and concept that still lives in society. It is easy to fall for our differences but if you try, it is even easier to make peace because we are all at the end of the day – humans, and there is no difference in this. Unlearning hatred has always been the greatest challenge of the centuries that have gone by and will be for the 21st century as well. Unlearning what we have acquired and thinking properly is the greatest exploratory power we have amongst us and to use it and to grow rationally with the right decisions is to contribute to the growing number of people doing the same and thus creating change – something we all truly believe in. Understanding and landing at the greatest contemporary issue of all time is perhaps the greatest unlearning and discovery you can ever have.