This article was posted by Abby Emmanuel Alo for monroi.com. We have all heard of “chess diplomacy”. Alo appears to believe in a new concept of chess for human enlightment. It is not clear from the essay what the plan is but a plan involving the youth must be given some consideration. I contacted him on Facebook and told him I had visited Ghana recently but met no chess players. He invited me to contact him if should visit soon. Here is his essay.
In reality the greatest pursuit of man is “peace”- the harmony of the universe. Peace is the absence of storm but it is also surprising that even in the presence of a raging storm the human soul can find peace in its very eye. This is where we all desire to live forever and the Comparative Human Enlightenment Strategised Systematically (CHESS) for peace is the road-map to the greatest dream of humanity. And this CHESS is our cultural, ecumenical, demographical, geographical, racial and ideological differences that cannot be taken from us and at their best are impossible to deny, this reality is what makes our world amusing and dreadful at the same time.
It is a troubled soul that would learn how to destroy, but not to create; how to waste, but not to build; how to kill men, but not how to save them; how to die, but seldom how to live. Such human generation is a curse to the universe, but we have come to a point in time that sometimes our ignorance about our need of one another destroy the world system (how we live) and the earth (where we live- our home).
“Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” – Dalai Lama.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power, then will our world know the blessings of peace. And now is the time to turn inward and find peace within ourselves, so that we become the kind of people who can live in peace with others and when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Similarly, “it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”-Eleanor Roosevelt.
And as we open this game of Comparative Human Enlightenment Strategic System (CHESS), who is the gentleman with the greatest law, who is the player with the best “ethics”? Who is that good man with the highest morale, it is a CHESS player with the deepest logic and makes his move with a peaceful heart.
Abbey Emmanuel Alo
National Sports Council Ghana
Representative / Coach