IUMI – More needs to be done for fairer treatment of seafarers in accidents
The progress of humanity and the progress of human consciousness are two quite different dimensions. The progress of history is in time and the progress of consciousness is not in time. The progress of all that we can see, of all that is visible is horizontal, while the progress of consciousness – which we cannot see – is vertical. That is why history can ever be in tune with the evolution of the human mind. At the most, it can deal with the outward form; it can never get to the spirit. But that is not the fault of history, or of historians, or of the way in which history is written. Such is the nature of things. History can never be in contact with the formless; it can only talk about the form. The formless is always transcendental to history, and real evolution is always formless. Outward progress is not really evolution; it is simply accumulation. There is no qualitative mutation in it; the change is only quantitative.
History can never transcend time. It can know only about those events that occur in time. It cannot know something that occurs beyond time, that is, non-temporal. Events can be perceived through the historian’s eye: events exist at a cross-point between time and space. An event happens somewhere, at some time. So the questions, ‘where’ and ‘when’ can be asked about events – it will be relevant – but ‘where’ and ‘when’ cannot be asked about spiritual happenings. There, time and space are both irrelevant.
Society is never interested in religion because religion is individual and society is always afraid of individuals. It is fearful of individuals, it is fearful of spiritual persons, because they go beyond society. They are rebellious, but not consciously, not knowingly. The very nature of a religious mind is rebelliousness. Religious people are not against anybody; they are not destroying things. They are not destructive in the least. Really, they are the only creative minds, but their very existence is rebellious.
Society will not allow genuine-religiousness. It will only allow the false faces of religion. Society creates civilizations, not religion. Civilizations can have a history, but religion has no history at all. It only has certain religious individuals that exist here and there. Sometimes someone takes a jump, becomes a flame and goes beyond. But the moment someone, somewhere, becomes a flame – a spiritual flame – the moment he goes beyond our so-called world of forms, he becomes one with all the flames that have ever gone beyond. Jesus is a different person from Gautama Buddha, but Buddha is not a different person from Christ. They are one flame. Another thing: religious evolution is not collective. It is individual, yet universal. That is what makes it look so mysterious. It is not collective, it is individual, but it is still universal, because, the person who undergoes religious evolution is annihilated. He transcends collectivity, but becomes one with the universe. He becomes cosmic, divine. This divine phenomenon cannot be recorded. We have tried to record it, but all that we have succeeded in recording is just a bare outline. It looks absolutely dead….To live life is to be related, and in every relationship there are three factors, the subject, object and the connection between subject and object. If the relationship is harmonious, life is harmonious, and if the relationship is disharmonious, life is disharmonious.
A high level code of investigative conduct should be developed for maritime nations in order to have a more transparent and efficient process when dealing with maritime accidents in sovereign waters, said Captain Jonathan Walker of the London Offshore Consultants in the Political Forum workshop during the second day of IUMI 2017 yesterday morning.
Speaking on the topic “Government intervention impacting the cost of claims”, Captain Walker said that while the industry acknowledges the sovereign right of authorities to conduct investigations, detention and long delays still occur which may be caused by a slow investigative process, convoluted laws and emotive local issues which may lead to the criminalisation of seafarers.
Crucially, in some cases, the grounds for such detentions have not been clear to the seafarers being detained or to the international maritime community, he added.
Captain Walker offered several suggestions which include a unified approach by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to develop a marine investigation code to ensure greater transparency, as well as a call for the IMO and ILO to develop early release procedures for seafarers under investigation by member countries.
He added that many seafarers suffer emotionally and financially from the long detention of vessels, and much more needs to be done to protect them from unfair incarceration.