Nothing Can Replace Love, Kindness, Empathy and Compassion

Sivaramakrishnan AStarred Page By Sivaramakrishnan A, 10th Nov 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/r8x-ko9e/
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We are consumed by a lifestyle that leaves little time to pause, take stock and ponder where are headed for. We are becoming robotic and move way from nature. We need to pause, smell the roses once in while and catch our breath for our survival.

Basics they will ever be!

We might have come a long way, but can we ever overlook the basics that glue us together and make the whole planet well-oiled? Top in the list for us, and even other species, should be love, kindness, empathy and compassion. Why include other species? If we compare them with us I feel, sometimes, we are insulting them! We cannot coexist but they carry on like from time immemorial. A life away from these basics will spell our doom and gloom. Our lives and relationships will just give away, become unstuck. These qualities never fail to tug at our heartstrings and reboot our lives often!

The poor have more time to get better returns; these more than make up for others that glitter but only to deceive. Love, kindness, empathy and compassion make us pause and reignite our belief in humanity. The rest is only secondary, also-rans! These are god-given and infinite. We know of few who have inexhaustible reserves of them everywhere, even here at Wikinut! Nothing fazes them; temporary setbacks maybe, yet it is soon back-to-basics even with a vengeance. They do not look for recognition; it is a way of life!

Changing Lifestyles

The debilitating issue is we are running out of time for these basics. We become robotic in ways that we fail to notice – a slow process to eventual ruin. We are too busy, but do we think and pause what consumes our time? These are mostly inanimate objects that can give only fleeting returns. We are soon left to clutch at straws when reality hits us!

The whole world is consumed by a lifestyle that our previous generations never experienced. Now, either we are left behind, or take tentative steps to adapt and acclimatize. But we should know where to draw the line after treading the waters with circumspection. But for the younger, they have never seen any other way to live than be consumed by newer gadgets by the day but they will always remain lifeless, artificial. Can they replace human touch and interaction with warts and all?

Pause and Smell the Roses

A busy executive was told to slow down, smell the roses. He quickly asked to get some roses to take in a quick breath, only to return to his ways! The real issue is life is taking a turn slowly that is not human. We have no time to love, show kindness, empathy and compassion. Yes, corporate bigwigs do participate in make-believe shows with fanfare, but what about the majority running from pillar to post in their daily lives to climb the corporate ladder to nowhere and finally take a tumble in their lives?

What really motivates us in our life decides how happy we are as a society. If it is only material hoardings, then our whole approach will spell ruin. We are feeding only greed. That makes us unhappy including those who seem to succeed with such a lifestyle. Behind the facade of success, there will be a feeling of emptiness, uncertainty and deception. But who can exhort and lead us to get back to our basics for us to find true joy in caring and sharing? Our political leaders are also swimming among economic data! Are we doomed to go around in endless circles? Or we take another step in collective wisdom?

Back to Basics

The time we spend in love, kindness, empathy and compassion will give us the best returns but cannot be quantified in economic terms; in fact, they are above them, just priceless! But can such a lifestyle cut much ice with a generation immersed in materialism? Certain basics can never change. The negative traits of self-centeredness and selfish pursuits can only divide our society.

Maybe, we are destined to pay a higher price before we get back to the path of sanity. Human yearnings and traits are simple but pursuing paths with reckless abandon will take its toll. We reap and what we sow, but who is there to guide us? It looks like we have no to time to think of certain basics that held us together – love, kindness, empathy and compassion. We are more consumed by those that glitter for them only to prove a mirage soon after. However, we have inner voice, conscience, though we ignore them till time to save our skins! We tempt fate once too often but luck is on our side to give us many chances. When other species have bitten the dust, are we the chosen one? Wise words are worth remembering. Einstein said – I do not know with what weapons the Third World War will be fought, but the Fourth World War will be fought with sticks and stones!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you Mark for the star. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar rama devi nina
12th Nov 2012 (#)

The star is much deserved, Sivaji--this is a most important message for the world today - a theme I often dwell on too! More sage words from you - always a delight to read. Namaste, rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Thanks Rama-ji. I always look forward to and treasure your support and uplifting words of encouragement. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Congrats and indeed truly said, but we are forgetful... indeed hatred multiplies hatred only.. Peace we want..
Peace for me and you
Hatred for none...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Thanks Karim. We are forgetting the basics and think they will take care of themselves. But if we do not have time for them we will be in for a rude shock sooner or later - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Beautiful message Sivaramakrishnan.



Sometimes all you have to do in life is just look around you see whats happening, put yourself in the other person's shoes and analyse the next move.
Simple things in life excite me wherein I sit down to listen to the birds on the trees, chicken pecking at grains, Sunrise and sunset in the sea (live close to this), the snow capped mountains etc. I spend more time in solitude than with people around me and gave up working in the corporate world in the month of March apart from a brief stint in August for a month.
I actually spent time cleansing, healing replenishing my reserves and getting closer to Planet Earth and learnt the joys and little intrigues of life with babies laughing and smiling around me, birds pecking at my window, sparrows especially, Roses given to me for free to spell no to atrocities against women etc.
It has changed me a lot and am grateful and thank the Ones Above for all the small mercies for the beauty of my life as this what I create around me to spread the message of love.

In times of fast pace,
I slow down.
In times of disgrace,
I step down.
In time of violence,
I move the pain.
In times of reverence,
I climb up again.

For I see around me,
Abundance and love.
Feel the message,
Flowing from Above.
Bringing the magic,
That enthralls my soul.
The beauty of life,
That is true and whole.

In times of love,
I feel the vibe.
In times of hate,
I can't describe.
In times of mercy,
I see grace.
In times of passion,
Creators sweet embrace.

For what are we,
Without that love,
Moving mountains,
Waterfalls Above.
With anthems of joy,
The babbling spring.
Its the chorus of life,
That sweetly sings.

In times of happiness,
I spread the joy.
In times of sadness,
I ask all why.
In times of weakness,
I ask for strength.
To take me far,
At any length.

For I am the cascade,
The Sun and Moon.
With the Stars,
To dance and swoon.
I am the anthem,
That lashes on rocks.
I am the baby,
In bundle in stocks.
I am the petal,
Of every flower on nose.
The riotous colours,
The twin rainbows.
I am the Sunrise,
And the Sunset.
I am just everything,
That life can get.

For I feel the love,
That flows my heart.
Moving mountain,
When loves apart.
Breaking shackles,
That cause the pain.
To give me the joy,
To live again.

For Roses of Red,
Coloured in blood.
Move the world,
Creating flood.
Its the colour,
Of bleeding heart Above,
Who shares his beauty,
To spread word of love.

By Anisha Achankunju (C) Lady Aiyanna 12th November 2012

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you Anisha for such uplifting words! Better to take our own path than be led blindly. The older generations have experienced the basics and can take refuge in them. The young are led to believe in artificiality of every hue, but do they give meaningful lives? Sadly, the older play along too and holding the hands of the younger are few and far between. The young are born like always - innocent - and how we instill the basics matters a lot. I feel we leave them to their devises without guiding them positively. Hopefully, they will learn life's harsh lessons to survive and find meaning - siva

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author avatar Buzz
12th Nov 2012 (#)

What more can I say, dear friend? They've said it all for me. Namaste!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz for your comments. Much appreciated. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Nov 2012 (#)

An insightful read, thanks Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you TP for your support - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Nov 2012 (#)

another of your wonderful pages Siva...thank you...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you, Carolina for your kind words - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Nov 2012 (#)

Interesting post on Diwali day. Thank you dear Siva. Happy Diwali.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you dear VP for your visit and wishes for Diwali - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Nov 2012 (#)

beautiful...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Nov 2012 (#)

beautiful...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Nov 2012 (#)

Thanks Delicia. Your comments are always cherished - siva

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author avatar carolford
15th Nov 2012 (#)

We would all do well to remember to slow down a little and "smell the roses" from time to time.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Nov 2012 (#)

A world bereft of time for love and compassion will not be worth living. Thanks Carol for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
16th Nov 2012 (#)

no...not too quiet
but the laps top was indisposed
and
so poetry couldn't be composed by laps top ...
which is my spokes person you see daily

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Nov 2012 (#)

Good to see you again, Loverme. Just wondering at your silence; you are always quite vocal! siva

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author avatar writestuff
17th Nov 2012 (#)

Excellent thoughts to ponder after the bitter political election in U.S.A. Thanks for the reality check.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Nov 2012 (#)

Thank you Writestuff for reading and commenting. Once election is over and leaders elected, they should be allowed to carry out the agenda based on which they were elected; otherwise, what is the meaning of freedom of choice and democracy? siva

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author avatar vellur
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

A great post, what we all need to know and follow.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Vellur for your kind words. Appreciated - siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
15th Jan 2013 (#)

This is another spectacular article with much wisdom! I am not able to get into my comments right now so I have to Google your name in order to read your articles. I wonder if anyone else is having this problem?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Judy for taking so much trouble to look out for me. Your comments are always precious and encouraging. I have no problems to log on and comment - siva

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author avatar Susan Jane
25th Feb 2013 (#)

So true, Siva. A wonderful article. I grew up in the 50's when life was slower and there was less to worry about in terms of material possessions. It was a simple but happy lifestyle. It is what I hold most dear in my memories. I was always taught to be kind and empathetic and I love those dear to me. Lately I have been going more for that simple lifestyle - back to basics. It is a happier existence. The now generation can't even imagine what a life like that is.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Susan, you gave me an opportunity to read mine again as this was written nearly four months ago but the underlying meaning is eternal! I too yearn for days gone by and refuse to be led by trappings of endless gadgets and some fads like following others lives who do not matter to us. They also do not know we exist! I am more comfortable with those who have time for others and can empathize with the lot of the poor. I have seen the rich lead lives that look a misery to me, but wealth enslaves most. I feel human species will get lost sooner than we think in meaningless and selfish pursuits - siva

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author avatar Susan Jane
26th Feb 2013 (#)

Glad to find somebody who has similar thoughts to my own on this issue. I trawl for articles that have special interest to me, no matter how far in the past they were written.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks again Susan. I will look forward to your posts. I was earlier with Yahoo! Voices but Wikinut is the only site I am with now - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Apr 2013 (#)

I have similar thoughts, maybe it's why I like reading your articles. I often think of that quote from Einstein. If more people read your articles and took your advice there would not be a third world war. Let's hope they do. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks for the support again, Kingwell. We are all from the same source and set to merge into one eventually. It is natural to have similar yearnings wherever we are from and whatever be our cultural background. We get carried away by ego and hubris to treat others as less deserving of what we enjoy. Einstein was not only a great scientist but also thought about life in a philosophical vein. We have to thank our Creator for keeping us alive despite our selfish pursuits - siva

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