A powerful Pledge from Fr. Bismarque Dias, whom I have written about earlier. Read on:
When you were hungry, instead of organic ganvtti food, we gave you junk food. When you were thirsty, instead of water we gave you Coke and destroyed your health.
When you needed a hug, instead of love, we showered you with material gifts.
When you yearned for our presence, instead of our time, we gave you television and computer games.
When you were eager to learn, instead of being examples, we gave you book knowledge and called that education.
When you wanted to explore the world, instead of walking by your side, we gave you cars and bikes.
When you looked forward to meeting your friends and relatives, instead of visiting them we gave you mobiles.
When you wanted to excel, instead of co-operation, we gave you competition. When you tried to succeed honestly, instead of encouraging you, we taught you to bribe.
When you wanted a cool atmosphere, instead of providing shade, we cut trees and gave you air conditioners.
When you looked for a better future, instead of good leaders, we took money for votes and gave you corrupt leaders.
When you sought your right to live freely, instead of a home and land, we put you in concrete boxes.
When you were dreaming of a bright future, instead of a healthy life, we cut the earth into pieces and converted it into paper called money and gave you false security.
When you were looking for fulfilment, instead of satisfying your needs, we multiplied your wants and encouraged your greed.
I AM SORRY, EXTREMELY SORRY. I BELIEVE THE CRY OF THE EARTH IS ALSO THE CRY OF OUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN
I COMMIT TODAY, TO DO WHATEVER I CAN TO GIVE YOU WHAT MY ANCESTORS GAVE ME:
A HEALTHY EARTH
I KNOW I WILL PASS THIS BEAUTIFUL PLANET ONLY ONCE SO,
- BE KIND, LIVE KIND
- BE KINDNESS, LIVE KINDNESS
- BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND YOU WILL BE KIND TO OTHERS
- BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND YOU WILL BE KIND TO A TREE
TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
THIS IS MY PLEDGE TO YOU,
MY KINDNESS MANIFESTO
(I LOVE GOA)
I PLEDGE TOO
VOTE FOR KINDNESS ON MARCH 3, 2012
JOIN THE MOVEMENT:
I make this pledge too, Fr. Bismarque! Will you, dear reader?
Please send this on to everyone you know!