Service of humanity

Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane, Naitonitoni, Navua | Thursday, June 1, 2017
THE article by Prashneel Gounder in The Fiji Times (30/05) titled Service to humanity contains valuable life lessons which I believe are worth highlighting for they may pave the way forward in addressing many of the social illness that are affecting our society today. The heart of his message lies in our duty to service humanity without cost for it is our responsibility to take care of each other and our environment.

I like his example of the doctor when he says: "Being a doctor is one thing, but after hours, if the doctor avoids providing service or advice for free than it is just business and nothing more than that."

With the work we do here at the Ecumenical Centre for Research Education and Advocacy (ECREA), we educate people in communities about this reality that Gounder is sharing.

We want people to understand that in whatever work they do they must value human life above everything else, hence many professions like doctors, teachers, nurses, lawyers and so forth must not only be seen as a source of generating money (employment) but as a vocation or a call to serve humanity.

If they are seen only as a source of employment, as being practised today, than we are witnessing its repercussions on what has been happening in our communities as a whole.

In addition, issues that are arising in our society today, such as murder, suicide, rape, violence and so forth, are the reflection of what society values today which is materialistic wealth (money), rather than people.

I believe that fighting for human rights, women's rights, children's rights, indigenous rights and so many other rights will not cure the illness of our society today, but a holistic approach in refocusing values to the dignity of the human person is the way for it will hold us accountable and responsible to the service of humanity.

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