The “Miracle” in the Park

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Yesterday my wife and I joined 38 other Malaysians in the first ever “A walk in the Park” event organized by Malaysians for Malaysia. Its key objective was, at least in my understanding, to inspire Malaysians to become Malaysian once again. To wake up from the “spell” that some may have put them under and exorcise the legion of demons of “racism, hatred, intolerance, prejudice and suspicion”; the loyal minions of corrupt politicians who dabble in the “dark arts” of divide and rule.

 

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope:

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The strategy was simple enough. Walk around the KLCC Park, greet fellow Malaysian, give them flowers or chocolates or sweets and promote unity, connection, communion and recognition. Yes, the realization (meaning to “make real”) that we all ONE, regardless of the racial and cultural beliefs that imprint our identities and the creeds we profess and which define us.

 

To recognize the deeper COMMUNION that we share, the communion of being made in the image of God, that all of us are His servants who share His unconditional love, mercy, compassion, justice, providence and salvation. To INCARNATE the TRUTH that each of us is in fact the PRIMARY “SHRINE” OF ENCOUNTER with the DIVINE for one another. Why? Because we are made in His image.

 

“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.”

- John Henry Newman

 

It’s only in relationship and communion WITH ONE ANOTHER that we get a glimpse of God, HIS love, understanding, compassion, justice and providence. Can we ever hope to encounter HIM outside of relationship and communion? Hence Nationhood, the call to become ONE COMMUNITY, ONE PEOPLE and ONE MALAYSIA is a spiritual calling and a mission.

 

So we walked, smiled, gave out flowers and sweets. Many smiled and accepted, some moved away with suspicion, others celebrated the flowers and took the occasion to connect and take pictures. A few asked about what was the whole exercise was about in order to try to understand what we were trying to do in the context of our current environment.

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For me the event was a tremendous success simply because we made an effort to move against the rising tide of racial and religious disharmony in the country. It was a success by the very fact that it happened because a handful made a choice to make it happen, to show up believing in something bigger and greater than themselves.

 

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

It was a success simply because these 40 became, for that one hour or so, the “shrine of encounter” with the DIVINE for others who received “grace”; the free “gift” of recognition, acceptance and embrace. They received it through a big smile from apparent “strangers” walking among them in the park but once this “grace” had been passed, smiles and light heartedness was evident.

 

We could see those who had received the flowers and chocolates smiling, they were no longer “stranger and stranger” to one another and us. Photos were being taken, messages of unity were being written and held up to “name and baptise” the encounter. Website link For some, it was the first time they received flowers while for others it was a pleasant surprise.

 

As the minutes passed we started to see “flowered people” around us, folks who had receive our flowers walking pass…many smiled back in recognition, this time it was much easier for them to do so. Somehow the KLCC Park got more “flowered” and we could now see the “colour” start to spread a little. For some moments, perhaps we got a glimpse of the kind of Malaysia we can be. A miracle in the park happened.

 

“One love, one heart . . . Let’s get together and feel all right”

― Bob Marley, Bob Marley-Legend

 

Did we ask one another what was their race, religion or political affiliation? Did we walk around feeling superior to others, “I am more righteous than thou”? Did we “group” in our own “racial and religious flocks” and move around the Park? No we did not.

 

Did we only seek to give flowers and goodies to a selected racial and religious group while excluding others? Did we make one particular racial group feel privileged while “neglecting” others? Did we give “selected and expensive” flowers to a “protected group” and “cheaper flowers” to the “others”? No we did not.

 

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”

― Winston Churchill

 

So what did we do, besides giving out flowers and chocolates? I certainly can’t and will not speak for others. But this is what my wife and I did……we choose to say NO to our fears and sense of uncertainty that the current situation had evoked in us. We choose to suspend our EGO’s and prejudice and move out of our silos of indifference and cynicism. Yes, a big part of us had given up on Malaysia and the Malaysian Dream but the effort to “dream again” needed us to exercise faith and courage once again.

 

“The first duty of a man is to think for himself”

- Jose Marti

 

What we did was take a look at the “darkness” of hurt and pain that may have griped our hearts by the words and action of irresponsible parties in the country and government and decide, that it was not a reflection of the majority. What we did was dig deeper and go beyond mere “religion”, rights, sacramental and theology that differs and focus on the presence of the DIVINE and the SACRED; that which unites all men and women. Once we dug deep enough into our own faiths, we got a glimpse of that “under ground” stream that connects all religions. Here, there can be no room for judgement or condemnation. Here forgiveness and letting go can take place.

 

“God has no religion.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

 

What we did and will have to continue doing is to respect, understand and enjoy the “different lamp shades” of others, the diversity of their culture, beliefs, celebrations, rites and rituals of living and at the same time recognise in them our unity, that all these  “lamp shades”, though different in colour, shape and tone, are brighten by the same light.

 

What we did was not to back down, run and hide or sell our rights and the rights of others short. We choose to show up and stand for what is right, for our dignity and the dignity of every Malaysian and that, which is enshrined as sacred in the Federal Constitution.

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“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”

- Lillian Hellman

 

What we did and will have to continue to do is be on guard against the “minions” of the “dark side” that are used by politicians to divide and rule, the demons of racism, hatred, intolerance, injustice, prejudice and suspicion.

 

What we have to do, and what we believe those who choose to believe in the Malaysian dream of  “Malaysians for Malaysia” is to answer the spiritual call and mission to be ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION, ONE MALAYSIA, ONE WORLD…simply because we are created in the image of GOD, we are His servants and we are HIS SHRINES OF ENCOUNTER where others can get a glimpse of HIS unconditional love, justice, acceptance, protection, compassions, forgiveness, providence, friendship and salvation.

 

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

The walk in the park was in many ways a miracle, a small one no doubt, but one that offers us much hope to start building things a new. It may not be up to the government or even the opposition parties and NGO’s to do so as politics and power can easily seduce. It is up to us, in fact it has always been up to us, the common Malaysian to stand up and take the lead. Malaysians for Malaysia, ONE MALAYSIA!

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“Experience has shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

- Thomas Jefferson

 

  Conrad Rozario is the founder of Alchemy Resources, a cutting edge human potential and peak performance development company in Malaysia. He has more than 15 years experience in people development from the diverse fields of Sales, Marketing, Customer Engagement and Service, Business Management and Talent Development. He is a Certified & Licensed Neuro Semantics and Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP) Trainer from the International Society of Neuro –Semantics,USA, a Master Practitioner in Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS,USA) and a Language and Behavior Profiling for Coaching Practitioner. He also holds a Diploma in Self Actualisation Psychology (ISNS, USA).

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