Fr Bismarque Dias has come up with a one-of-a-kind alternative election manifesto, which should give us something to think about.
I confess and apologise on behalf of all the adults of the world for our wrongdoings to all the precious children and our beautiful home, earth.
When you were hungry, instead of organic gaunti 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 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”
Fr Bismarque Dias was a candidate in the Goa elections in India in March 2012. He spent a miserly 300,000 rupees (RM18,000) on his campaign and yet obtained close to 2,000 votes finishing third in the Cumbharjua constituency. “Electorally, Fr Bismarque may have been defeated,” noted the Times of India. “But victory in defeat has never seemed so apt.”