My Thanksgiving reflection

Man, has become his worse enemy; that Technologized Man, that creation of Dr. Frankenstein whose spirit has become the Machine. What then must we do?


Dr Azly Rahman

True sense of Humanity comes from an emanation of understanding of what it means to be human and to the love fellow human beings, Nature, and Living Things, beyond what Ignorance and the Illusion of Knowledge has doctored and dictated our consciousness.

“The child is the father of Man,” a sage once said, such that two children will play together well with joys and laughter accompanying even if they are of a different color, race, creed or even born into different religions or cultural philosophies. The only hatred they have would be to asked to go home when the time is up.

Man evolves into racist beings, colonialist, and imperialist beings out of the education first and foremost; education in the broadest sense of the word through the formal, informal, and hidden curriculum, and through socialization from the cradle to the grave.

There is a fundamental and deep-rooted sense of failure in how modern education has evolved especially in war-torn nations and war-loving nations and still, a clear and present danger in the ugliness of the excesses of the concept of “nationalism”. Rather than conceived as a powerful force to create awareness of the freedom and independence for “a people”, This sense of ” natio-ness” or being a “common people” has been abused by one to destroy the freedom and dignity of other peoples less powerful and less in possession of technologies of dominance and control. This is evident especially in the ideology of Zionism and in the evolvingly dangerous sense of false superiority of “Ketuanan Melayu” trumpeted as a bankrupt illegitimate child of Malay nationalism.

“Whoever controls the means of production controls, “laments Karl Marx and in today’s world it is no longer raw power or display of sophisticated brute force ala’ technologies of the James Bond and Star Wars movies that will determine who shall control; it is hegemony and the “illusion of common sense” structured via propaganda into the minds and hearts and even soul, and spirits, and jiva and raga, sukma and atma and all that will color the nature of “bio-spiritual- power” the Colonizing Man needs as the “truth-force” of control.

What is happening to the nomadic Penans of Sarawak and how they are being systematically criminalized by the State and how their dignity robbed is an example of how the ill-possessed consciousness of the ruling regime has used its control of the State machinery and its ideological apparatuses to crush the powerless. And in the case of the ongoing pro-Lynas stand of the ruling regime, this is clearly a show of arrogance of who is control and who decides how the next generation of children of Pahang shall be fed with toxic waste.

Man, has become his worse enemy; that Technologized Man, that creation of Dr. Frankenstein whose spirit has become the Machine. What then must we do?



DR AZLY RAHMAN, who was born in Singapore and grew up in Johor Baru, holds a Columbia University (New York) doctorate in International Education Development and Master’s degrees in the fields of Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies and Communication. He has taught more than 40 courses in six different departments and has written more than 300 analyses on Malaysia. His teaching experience spans Malaysia and the United States, over a wide range of subjects from elementary to graduate education. He currently resides in the United States.!/azly.rahman