Are We Closing Our Eyes to Injustices Galore?

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As the species tasked to be the co-creators, we should be more aware of injustices and the need to do more to make our journey truly fulfilling by moving towards inclusive society.

Sense of Guilt

Ordinary citizens have limited power and reach in every way despite having democratic political system. We face many injustices in everyday life but have to live with them by closing our eyes. Our world is far from perfect. For people like me, and I am sure we are in a majority, we carry a burden; live with guilt that we don’t do enough. Others, more practical in their approach to life, label us as idealistic and implore us to move on; there will always be injustices and nothing much can be done about them. But even they will have a sense of guilt by looking away.

Democracy

With people demanding change, ironically, the leaders that seem more sensitive and responsive to such exhortations are not elected democratically! The Chinese leadership is doing more and more at the ground level and not afraid to take action against their top brass. That makes me wonder: Does democracy really benefit the masses that are played out time and time again? China seems to loathe this much acclaimed system. They point out the near anarchy existing in some democracies to warn their people that democracy is after all not the ultimate panacea. It is no wonder that many Indians too yearn for rule of law that is almost absent now where few elite are above law! And they happen to be those tasked with making the laws and enforcing them. They have realized democracy and freedom without rule of law is plain anarchy! Of course, those in western democracies abhor such thoughts of another system. A new leader is poised to lead India and some warn he could be a dictator but Indians feel any change is better than having a lame duck leadership that has made the country drift in stormy waters. They have had enough of tolerating daily injustices.

Poverty

Poverty is a dogged issue that refuses to go away in many democratic countries too. Is it not an irony when the rich become richer at the cost of the poor? That is happening across the world. Obviously, the system is corrupted as some are able to exploit, manipulate, it to their advantage. If that happens in America, it is even more plausible in poorer countries. America is able to make the big banks kowtow – pay billions in fines and they obey. When poor countries are involved the same institutions thumb their noses at them, hardly bother to hear their grievances! Or turn the plot against the victims with their clout!

Rule of Law

Some are above law and it is almost taken for granted. They can do no wrong; they are the privileged. But, of all countries, China has shown the way to tackle them in the right way. They catch hold of those at the lower rungs and eventually the top are exposed. It looks like even the former Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is under pressure over the dealings of his family members. But in the biggest democracy India, going by numbers, such issues prove intractable. The allegations are bandied about till eternity without reaching conclusion. It proves the classic adage – justice delayed is justice denied!

Greed

Can we rein in greed? It is human trait at its worst. If the system stokes the flames of greed, or is unable to control rampant prevalence of it, the whole society pays the price. It leads to lack of cohesion and belief in the value system. People become cynical and lose focus to work for common welfare and progress. We see the after-effects of greed but we take it as par for the course. Unless we fix such fault lines within society, we will never progress towards an inclusive society.

Injustices Overcome

We have overcome many intractable issues over the years. What was accepted as a norm was the unjustifiable apartheid system in South Africa till couple of decades ago. So many were persecuted by a brutal regime and powerful countries did not do enough. However, over time, better sense prevailed and South Africa is able to walk tall though internal issues remain like for most other countries. Likewise, what we feel as insurmountable issues can be overcome with the right spirit and give and take. Poverty alleviation requires concerted efforts by the most able that are now into self-serving ventures. The privileged should realize they owe their exalted positions to the vast majority who leave them to their devises. But patience has limits and those who abuse the system should realize their follies and backtrack on time.

The vast majority should also take an attitude – thus far and no more - to stop the excesses of few on their tracks. There is no need to hoard beyond reasonable needs and no one is that smart to deserve billions. There are many who risk their lives and are satisfied with their income – they get the ultimate reward when their efforts benefit society especially those that are in most need. It is time for us to become more aware of injustices and to nip them in their buds. Then all can enjoy more the fruits of our united efforts and our sojourn here will have a fulfilling path.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Jan 2014 (#)

another wonderfully powerful piece Siva tearing open the injustices of the world...many thanks...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina for your enduring support. We should highlight injustices in our society and tackle them head-on - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Steve for your moderation and giving star merit. Appreciated - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Really wonderful, dear brother Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks indeed for your support dear brother VP, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Once again, you cut right to the heart of it. So many factors causing others (and causing us) to look away. Fear, frustration, helplessness. And a dangerous cycle.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl. We need a concerted action from the "innocent" majority to get back on track. Now few get away heaping injustice on the vast majority. Many in poor countries are living hand to mouth and are deprived for no fault of theirs - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th Feb 2014 (#)

Yesterday I read that just 85 people in this world own as much wealth as poorest 50% of the world population. So much inequality because these few control the banks, the armies, navies, the Airforce, the officialdom, police and much more. And other people are not always ready to wage a bloody coup. Even coups in the past like French revolution had their impact only upto some extent.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for speaking out, Ptrikha. We all know what is right but we tend to close our eyes to injustices everywhere; so the few greedy are emboldened to go a higher notch. They spread their evil tentacles everywhere. If one has a million, he wants more as he moves in the millionaire circle where people are recognized by their wealth only. No one has driven to heaven in a Rolls Royce - the greedy will be the last in the queue after they leave this blessed place.

Communism had a noble goal - from each according to ability and to each as per need. But human weakness to all that glitters put paid to such lifestyle and the communist leaders themselves are after money - otherwise, how can there be billionaires in China, Russia? Things can turn topsy-turvy in the blink of an eye -siva

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author avatar Mundowriter
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Shame on those country that preach democracy and with their action show something totally different, pretending that they are the guardian of democracy in the world while allowing atrocity to take place in other country due to benefit or convenience shame, shame, shame.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Agreed, some are blinded by prejudice, Mundowriter. The vast majority are not hypocrites but self-interest clouds justice and the way some act. In a way, anything can be justified though the reasoning sounds hollow. The basic tenet when in doubt should be - do unto others as you would have them do unto you - siva

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author avatar Mariah
1st Feb 2014 (#)

As you say Siva, the majority
abhor the existence of severe poverty, greed, injustice, we feel strongly opposed to these issues, but also feel powerless to enforce change.
Nelson Mandela as you highlight, though he paid a heavy price for courageous revolt against a regime of brutal inequality, he changed the evil and inhumane existence of apartheid.
A most insightful and inspiring post Siva, thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Mariah for your never-failing support. The majority wants peace, justice and coexistence, but few bad apples spoil the lot.

We have overcome many injustices and dismantling the unjustifiable apartheid system is fairly recent, as also the iron curtain that led to the end of the cold war. Mandela knew the system was to blame, certainly not those who were forced to obey it.

When I see the injustices, especially against children and elderly, I feel a sense of despair - what can I do than pretend I am helpless - siva

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author avatar Mariah
1st Feb 2014 (#)

These things have such an impact on us Siva, they create a mixture of anger, frustration and sorrow.
You are doing something very positive in bringing these issues to the forefront of attention within your writings, that in itself is taking a step towards the need for changes my friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks again Mariah. I remember asking my colleague about apartheid decades ago and how one can justify such. He was British, and he thought for a while and told me it was tough for him to talk on the subject to an Indian. The topic came about because South Africa was banned from international cricket, which was the main topic of our regular talk!

There are other issues that hurt my conscience like few in India, but happily the awareness on injustices perpetrated has increased though wily politicians have an ax to grind by dividing the common citizens. I cannot also understand why we cannot rein in arms proliferation. People in poor countries starve yet they spend billions to fill the coffer and greed of arms merchants. Thank God, we are becoming wiser by the day - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Siva, your work is enlightening and inspiring as always. I was particularly impressed with the line about "no one is that smart to deserve billions." The inequality in society keeps getting worse. As Mariah says, just by writing this you are doing something positive. Thanks for calling attention to such an important issue.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Connie for your input. I cannot imagine accumulating even a million as I have to deprive others by doing so! There are better assets to leave behind and for me - an upright life that benefits others too than my family only. I do a double take when I read of billionaires from poorest of countries! I remember Bill Gates telling years ago that he intends to leave maximum of ten billion to his children. Warren Buffet's son has received much less, about 100,000 so far, and he admires his father for it. Sadly in Asia, many leave all their wealth (ill gotten?) to their children who spend their time at the casinos and other hots-pots till they finish their last dime! Being in the finance field I just listen when wealth managers parrot preserving wealth down the generations - for me it is not going to happen when the incentive to work is taken away from them. Our children are just different from us! siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Correction - Bill Gates mentioned ten million - not billion - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Always thought provoking.Well written.Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Randhir, appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Feb 2014 (#)

the divide of those who have and those who have not is deepening around the world...the schism of this divide is so large and very frightening...thank you Siva....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Delicia. There is a tipping point in every issue. Western media was highlighting Arab Spring, but better democracies everywhere watch out for Democratic Springs everywhere! siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for another inspiring and thought provoking article ~ Siva.

The problems cited ~ in my humble opinion ~ will not be solved through a political system. It's going to require a change in the hearts of the people.

As you would have others do unto you, do likewise unto them ~ as you aptly stated ~ is the first part of the solution.

Blessings from above ~ Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Helen, thanks for thinking aloud. People are becoming more aware that they are being taken advantage of. A case in point is Thailand where democratically elected government is cornered as the general public feels ignored. There is endless strife on a daily basis.

Everyone knows what is right. Try to help others and then that attitude will catch on than the self-serving lifestyles of the few powerful - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Such great writing my friend. It never ceases to amaze me that the richest people of the world are always looking for more even as they get old and ready to leave here. .I fully believe that change is coming although it may get worse before it gets better.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. I have seen some very wealthy so much obsessed with wealth accumulation to the exclusion of all other pursuits in life. And they try to short-change all others, but in the end they depart with nothing - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

All this is going on for thousands of years. its in the nature of man. I really do not know what is the end.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan. There is always a tipping point. I hope we get more awareness before another event that makes 9/11 look like a walk in the park. Scientific progress cuts both ways, classic duality in action, and it becomes easier to cause catastrophic damage with each passing day. We have the churning of democratic system in India and hopefully that will lead to Age of Enlightenment from the present Age of Entitlement - siva

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author avatar Carol
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

A great way of highlighting injustices, lovely work as always Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Carol for your support - siva

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author avatar joyalariwo
4th Feb 2014 (#)

Everyone's comments have said it all Siva... Interesting as always.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Joyalariwo for your encouragement that matters a lot - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
5th Feb 2014 (#)

Glad to see you are still speaking truth. Thank you Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you C D Moore. We should be ever aware of what we do, and do not do - siva

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author avatar vellur
7th Feb 2014 (#)

Great write, we still have a long way to go to achieve true democracy.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Vellur, we need more of justice, compassion and empathy; then our world will be heaven - siva

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author avatar Subra
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Dear Siva
The truth is that many of us are aware of injustices perpetrated on the have-nots and others in society, yet as we all know, it becomes almost impractical for us to do much. I suppose the only way out is for all good people to get together and act in concert to overthrow the forces of evil existing in the world today. Is that possible dear Siva, knowing that every human is made up differently?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Subra. I feel we should do our part than just take injustices for granted. It is clear a minority is wreaking havoc on society by taking advantage of a trusting majority and they have to be brought to justice. Our world will be a much better place if misdeeds are highlighted and whistle-blowing for the right reasons is taken as a tool to fight injustices - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
17th Feb 2014 (#)

Sure, Russia and even China could not follow what Karl Marx and Engels had envisaged in their model of communism and they eventually turned to the exploitative capitalist system.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for your input, Ptrikha The issue is selfish human nature whatever is the system. Communism had a great ideal - from each according to ability and to each as per need - a recipe for Ram Rajya, where everyone is equal. But the few who maneuver to position take advantage and feel beholden to their supporters only and the vast majority are left out of the equation. I have seen the union leaders are always politicking thus bringing the whole house down. They do not want progress and people to be poor to keep their ideology alive - siva

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author avatar Retired
24th Feb 2014 (#)

Wisdom galore! Your post are powerful indeed. Once I start reading I can't tear myself away. Great post! Much love and respect to you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks indeed Dexsta. Your kind words of encouragement touch my heart - siva

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2014 (#)

So many of these comments posted on here say it all for me Siva that I find I can add little more to an excellent article highlighting the have's and have-nots throughout the world. Greed and power will always be mankind's downfall until we learn to share and not hoard and look out for those less able.. Excellent and ringing with insightful wisdom my friend as always. \0/x

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Songbird for your thumbs up. We should never lose hope in our fight for justice and what it is even a child knows. After reaching the pinnacle of political systems - democracy and freedom - why not make them work so that the true writ of common citizens runs? siva

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