Balance Decides Our Fate

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We have less time to reflect on the values that held us together as we race ahead in Science and Technology. But basic values are eternal and we ignore them at our peril. Human species is the most vulnerable and we depend on fine balance to survive.

Precarious Existence

The whole creative process and sustenance depend on fine balance. A little blip, tilt in our momentous journey is enough to make us history. What a responsibility our Creator has taken upon himself, even delegating microns of it to you and me! Are we equal to the task, or even aware of it? Tough call, to say the least!

Balance is needed everywhere. We have to steady ourselves to reclaim our ground at times. Nature is the ultimate master giving us lessons each day. We reinvent ourselves too to stay in the game of survival.

Stop, Look, Listen and Reflect

When we gaze at the stars and the vast space, dark matter and what not, we become aware our planet is not even a blip on the screen. A slight nudge is enough to loose our moorings and disappear into nothingness! But it is made of sterner stuff! These facts should make us realize our vulnerability and do what is right within our destined time frame. Everything can be taken away from us even though we might exist without the constraints of space but then rue the chances lost. Not a pretty time to look forward to!

Fickle Mind

We try to reach mental and physical balance but soon enough are up to old tricks to trip others! An idle mind is a devil’s playground. A full stomach is no guarantee for peace, neither an empty one! We create trouble where there aren’t any. We know our thinking and actions can lead to ruin, but our ego and negative tendencies prove our downfall time and time again. Can we put those to human frailties to exonerate us from our deeds?

We have to look, pause, think and ponder. Are we not getting lessons from nature and the creative process around us that balance matters for our survival even as we progress in science and technology? What we construct can be used for destruction too to hasten our end if we ignore the balance needed to stay in the game of survival.

Watch our Steps

In individual lives too, balance is the pivot for meaningful existence. Over indulgence in one area while losing sight of the whole picture that gives meaning to our lives will make us lose everything including the essentials of love and affection. Extreme violent behavior can result, but are we becoming impervious due to their regularity, taking it as par for the course? Our lives are too precious to be totally lost in meaningless pursuits though some can keep us riveted for days on end!

Science and Technology no substitutes

We had great philosophers among us from ancient times to hold our hands and our forefathers had the wisdom to listen, reflect and control their actions. Now all are easy meat in a cynical and reckless world. Each is an island by himself as we race ahead with nary a thought for tomorrow. What examples are we setting for future generations or will they will be left to relearn the very basics while picking up the pieces again?

We know the cost of everything at our fingertips but the value of nothing! We have lost our way and moral compass – just read the news headlines of endless woes and empty promises to fix the rot. We have no time to look in the eyes of anyone that matter, including our children.

Need Rude Awakening from Reveries

We might need common sense from some unexpected quarters to drive home the point like from the child who cried out that the emperor was not wearing any clothes! Our infatuations with transient fads keep us glued to inane matters that can make us go bonkers when we cross the line of no return.

We are building enormous edifices on very thin base. The value system of love, patience and tolerance should never be ignored through the show of might and glitter. Some basics will never change from time immemorial. Balance is the very basic for our survival in whatever we do, wherever we are. Mental balance is always fragile and momentary lapse is enough for us to tip over and lose it all. And human species needs it more than others for its survival!

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
28th Jul 2012 (#)

The Yin and Yang ring true ...

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author avatar writestuff
28th Jul 2012 (#)

Ancient thinkers knew that moderation (BALANCE) was indeed a key to man's ability to co-exist in our diverse ever changing society. Too much of any good thing has always proven to be toxic.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks writestuff. Balance is the key and we should ever be on guard not to go overboard even on our passions - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks David for your apt comments. Chinese were well aware of this basic for their well being, but not so sure now! siva

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author avatar norlaw1935
28th Jul 2012 (#)

Very good and I loved the picture of the elephant

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks norlaw. Thanks to Google Images! siva

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author avatar stevetheblogger
28th Jul 2012 (#)

Siva another great article and I love the expression "An idle mind is a devil’s playground"
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for your uplifting comments, Steve. We need to stop repeating some mistakes, generation after generation! - siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
28th Jul 2012 (#)

Wow! Such great insight from a truly gifted writer! I love the title!! In fact, the Bible talks much about the importance of the balanced life. I must refer to your article from time to time because I have the tendency to obsess on one specific problem from time to time! You are such a blessing to us, Siva!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Touching words indeed, Judy! I am indeed grateful. These make my day and are true reward for my efforts. I always take life not too seriously. Every success is followed by failures and reverses; friends, sometimes, prove fair-weather. It is never a one-way street forever. We should always be prepared to pick-up the pieces in life and move on - siva

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author avatar Denise O
28th Jul 2012 (#)

A well written and presented article. You are so right, balance is the key. I have not given up (yet) on the human race but, I find myself saying "I just do not get these kids now a days." more than I have in my life. Maybe it just might be me getting older, as I now see why my grandparents said those same things to me.LOL
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise for your comments and take on life. Instant reward seems to rule now for the younger generation but, hopefully, they are made of sterner stuff! Support from friends like you make my journey that much more pleasant - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve for your moderation and awarding the star. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Retired
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Another excellent and thought provoking post and bravo on your star, Sivaji. Namaste

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Rama-ji for your support and comments. Looking forward to yours soon. Namaste - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Jul 2012 (#)

so very very true your words Siva...balance and harmony and loving...so important to mankind...thank you for more of your wisdoms...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Carolina for all the soothing words. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Noreen Ann Snyder
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Wow, Siva, you hit it right on the button! That is a great, well written article. I enjoyed reading this one!
Have a great night!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Noreen. So nice to read your comments - siva

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author avatar Nita
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Excellent, as always! Indeed, balance is so essential in every aspect of life. Love the photo too!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Nita. Waiting for your entry into our fold. Please let me know when you are ready! I will send an invite - siva

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author avatar Stormie
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing this with me. this is so true

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Stormie for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
31st Jul 2012 (#)

As great as ever, new eyes to see and sounding like 'oh it is indeed a nice idea and and I agree to this point of views'. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks dear Karim for your kind words of encouragement as always. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Well, in today's times, power money, fame and an urge to denigrate others seems to be the overwhelming aim of many among us. And very few of us are likely to get over those feelings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. The yardstick to measure success is questionable. So we should have the good sense to set our own individual standards to be at peace - siva

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author avatar John Kolyav
31st Jul 2012 (#)

A full stomach is no guarantee for peace, neither an empty one! We create trouble where there aren’t any. We know our thinking and actions can lead to ruin, but our ego and negative tendencies prove our downfall time and time again. Can we put those to human frailties to exonerate us from our deeds?

Yourstyle of writing is unique. Keep it up! The picture is also most suitable.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks John, for your appreciation. We can find heaven right here while alive! But we mess it up big time! Instead of emulating the good, we try to pull them down to a lower level of mediocrity. And the obsession to make money out of thin air only makes the rich richer and the poor, poorer! siva

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author avatar John Kolyav
31st Jul 2012 (#)

It is true. See, in Kerala people are nicely cheated on lottery. Just like drugs it sedates man.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

I know one who keeps long past lottery tickets for years! The rich do not have this craze though their children get addicted to casinos and such! siva

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author avatar Subra
31st Jul 2012 (#)

What we need now more than ever is peace, poise, tranquility, balance, equilibrium, simplicity, humility, sincerity, tolerance and patience, not forgetting the biggest (but most elusive) virtue - LOVE!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Agreed Subra, LOVE encapsulates everything and for that it should be without borders! Sadly, we get afraid of own shadows now-a-days, maybe going back to dark ages! But I am an eternal optimist as the Good will triumph and they will always be in the majority - siva.

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author avatar Subra
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Continuing, when people indulge in excesses the balance is tilted and so comes trouble. An excess of anything is good for nothing as you have succinctly demonstrated Siva. Once again a very thought-provoking article which has my highest compliments!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Being in the finance field, I have seen first hand how money and power overpowers even a good and humble human being! They should be our slave, but we become their slave. And finally, life loses its meaning when those we trust become desperate to snatch our life's toils post-haste! Nobody is an exception to this fact of life. Thanks for your valued comments, Subra - siva

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author avatar A K Rao
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Yes dear Siva sir, balance is essential for our very survival , I agree with you! Unfortunately the highly evolved human brain plays many pranks which are responsible for causing imbalances in one's life! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks indeed, Rao. The good has to assert. I have been called naive to say we have to stand upright. But real bliss is found in standing by our principles. And thankfully, a lot do everywhere, everytime! And they are dearly remembered for the right reasons! siva

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
6th Aug 2012 (#)

Siva: I appreciate your words and do not they describe true balance as defined below?:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Would we be truly in balance if we observed this passage from the Bible?
Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Aug 2012 (#)

These words are timeless wisdom, dear Ivy. We ignore them at our peril. Thanks for sharing these pearls - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Aug 2012 (#)

Siva,
Prima facie, the post sounds nice. However, there is an undercurrent of pessimism in it.Every generation thinks that the golden days are over and the world is degenerating. I think we need not worry about the future. It will find the balance on its own. Balance is essential,and this cannot be disputed. But there is no need to worry about future. It will take good care of itself.
I am sorry to express some disagreement.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks GVR for your take and optimism. Your comments are always welcome but I still feel we are going overboard with a devil may care attitude especially in the matter of over-exploitation of natural resources. Also in consumerism and resultant waste of precious resources. That is reflected in perennial debt crisis and financial engineering, pushing the dirt under the carpet! - siva

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