Balance between Individual & Society Crucial for Peace

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We are all actors though most are not born to act! We play our roles and the majority takes care not to upset the apple cart of life based on give and take. Despite their noble intentions, some manage to spoil the lot through activities that leave us in misery. It is time to stick to basics of our nature than lead a life – one rule for me, another for others.

All the world's a stage

We do not know where we came from apart from a natural human act. Is that all what life is about? We get repeated affirmations that we come alone and leave alone. That is the beauty of life though we are part of society. We get comfort from being part of it and heart-burns too at times. We have little choice in every relationship; it takes two to make it work and even thrive. We gain some, lose some; sometimes, we have to bite our lips to tide over crises. When we observe other species and nature itself we get educated how united we stand, divided we fall is the rule. Our writ cannot run all the time or ride roughshod over others’ interests. There is always a cost to pay to have our way. One has to let go and take it as part of life but some are unable to accept this facet of life to lead a life of misery. As for myself, I state my point of view and, more importantly, set an example for what I stand for and leave it at that. Even with that attitude one has to have some thick skin to maintain poise within family or at workplace! Some take advantage all the time and are well, plain hypocrites – fine actors without conscience and tough to endure! When I recall those departed, a thought crosses my mind – did they give or take in the final analysis? I hope someone is keeping count! I also wonder whether each comes wired to maintain the total balance, a classic duality in creation – maybe too much of what we consider good may not serve us well!

Individual Role

Each individual is unique like our thumbprint! We are sort of branded for life and maybe before and after. We can be born anywhere but our nature shines through wherever we are. When a seedling sprouts from a seed it shows its character! Some endure but others just wither away. As we are part of nature we are also likewise. There are few among us who are toughened by the adverse situations but there are also those who give up easily and capitulate. It is reflected in their general attitude – they become bitter. There are also those who exhibit their true emotions while others are tough to crack! I may fall in between – show my true self but go with the flow. This attitude is obvious from my presence here, how my posts are and, more importantly, my comments on others’ posts. I am reminded of a tyrannical boss who had an attitude – you are all entitled to “my” view!

No man is an Island

We are part of society whether we like it or not. No man is an island is worth recalling. Frankly, everyone has to kowtow, even the supposed powerful leaders; they have to compromise all the time. We know we all do within a family – some more so, of course! And more starkly at the workplace; where we have some huge egos that do not follow their hierarchy or their contribution to the organization! They just want to have their way; when others ignore them, they are emboldened and become louder to make their presence felt! Such attitudes cast a shadow on individuals and society. International relations are a fine balance with big powers playing games mostly at the cost of others’ comfort and livelihood. North Korea is propped up by China as a buffer against South Korea and Japan. They keep rattling their nuclear arsenal when the push becomes a shove! Then there is Israel equation in the Middle East crisis. We know what we reap in the end for our intractable positioning. We do not want to give an inch while expecting others to move a mile!

Steps towards Peace

Thus far and no more is the power equation among big powers. Many are not amenable for compromise is the unwritten rule and they know how far they can push another. They have the ability to revert the world to Stone Age – what are nuclear arsenals for anyway? They are like the rattlers for rattle snakes; of course, with the power to cause a wider damage. We treat our own as the worst enemy despite all the smiles and handshakes! The irony is - the ordinary person has no enmity with one in another country – for most it is daily struggles of life weighing them down; nine work so that one can enjoy! What for a faraway piece of land that he or she will never even visit! Then who creates the supposed intractable issues? I dare say the politicians from time immemorial by setting one innocent against another!

Time for Shift in Consciousness

As we still go around in circles, let us make a shift in our consciousness before it is too late. To quote Einstein “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”. Most are able to coexist with an attitude of give and take, allow patience and common sense to trump raw emotions whether they do within family, at workplace or in society. Why not we adopt this attitude to international arena than with a take of might is right! The latter approach not only exacerbates the issues, stir vengeful emotions, but also silences the majority against a marauding minority: ISIS is a case in point. We have the United Nations, but it is ignored for all practical purposes. Why not indeed the major powers see the writing on the wall? Why the wheels within wheels whereby they use others and get used in turn? Our leaders are threatening each other and likely to do so till end of time – at least ours anyway! The balancing act in our lives serves a higher purpose- live and let live. It is time our leaders took the cue from the ordinary souls who mind their own business. Let us learn from the idiom “Child Is Father of the Man” and stay with the basics of our nature. Leaders, please understand the yearnings of the led; better late than never!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for your moderation and star merit, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
22nd Nov 2014 (#)

Another well written article.Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Randhir for your support right through - siva

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author avatar Retired
22nd Nov 2014 (#)

Excellent article, Siva. Send a personal copy to our president.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

I need to send to all leaders, big and small, thanks LeRain! Maybe, they are misled thinking they have to flex their muscles all the time. They should understand that they can give an inch to gain a mile for peace. They can lose some battles to win the ultimate war for our coexistence. Einstein's quote is ever relevant for them - siva

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author avatar viewgreen
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

Awesome article... thank you for sharing this a piece of knowledge... :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Viewgreen, your support is appreciated - siva

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author avatar spirited
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

"Each individual is unique like our thumbprint!"

I sort of agree with this, but I also feel we should not take this too far.

We are all one too, no man is an island, as you said.

Much chewing material here Siva.

Another great article well put together, and well balanced, not taking sides but calmly stating the truth about what is, I feel.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Spirited for your views, appreciated. I like to emphasize the oneness in creation and the uniqueness in each one of us. Earlier times, adults wanted obedience from their children without question especially in Asian societies, but now we tend not to interfere in the way they think and act. I take a view that as they are separate souls they have leased time here to fulfill their karma, so let them have their way though adults should set an example - but that is the hard part! Yes, child is the father of the man in many ways! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

so wonderful and wise again you write dear Siva...a blessing of light you are to all of us here...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you ear Carolina, I hope my message for peace will lead to a better world than a bitter one that we see everywhere - siva

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author avatar Carol
23rd Nov 2014 (#)

So true Siva, we are all actors on the world stage, we play our roles in society, only those that know and love us see the person we really are.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Nov 2014 (#)

Yes Carol, we do have many roles to play as parents, grandparents, children,friends and sadly enemies too! Let our true self shine to brighten our society and to give it a purpose - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
24th Nov 2014 (#)

I have always appreciated your thoughts. I can feel in real life that increasing and extreme selfishness is pushing the whole world towards an uncalled for disaster. And unless we all pause and think, it could be too late to salvage the situation.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha, our thoughts and actions are against our inborn nature. We should cooperate and competition should be healthy. Our future is beckoning with endless, almost free, energy from sun ahead of us. Instead, big powers try to humiliate others and make sure that they get this message across! And we are reduced to fighting over beliefs despite none having seen God at least recently - maybe He has given up on us - beyond redemption! siva

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author avatar Utah Jay
25th Nov 2014 (#)

Peace and love I send your way...Great writing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Nov 2014 (#)

Let such noble gestures reach across all borders mostly created by us. Thanks Utah, your support appreciated - siva

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author avatar snerfu
26th Nov 2014 (#)

Correct Mr Siva, going the extra mile should solve many problems. Great article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Snerfu - hope you will be back with a bang after a well earned break - siva

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author avatar Retired
27th Nov 2014 (#)

As usual, Siva-ji, this is rich in wisdom, insight and compassion and worthy of a careful read. Shakespeare would surely be pleased to see his quote about the world stage so aptly explored. :) Namaste, rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Rama-ji for your encouragement and motivation as always. After being born, we realize soon that we are mere actors in this world with many roles to play though with limited scope. And that restricts our ability to partake in the feast that nature and creation spreads before us. There is no differentiation at all and everyone can find meaning but we create hurdles to show each is different in a rather negative way. Let us create a new awakening for a better society and family. We have everything if we have a bigger heart like the poor seem to possess more - siva

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author avatar vellur
27th Nov 2014 (#)

It is time indeed for leaders to take notice of the wants and needs of the people and act upon it, great article. Much to think about and ruminate.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Nov 2014 (#)

Leaders are more into selfish preservation of their hold on the common folks who they treat as puppets. We elect leaders but their boss remains the same! It is time we redefined true leadership to get us to a higher level. Thanks Vellur for your input and support - siva

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author avatar puncakceria
27th Nov 2014 (#)

nice post friend

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Rideone for your support - siva

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author avatar Gclick
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Great article love to read it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Gclick for your support - hoping to read yours soon - siva

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author avatar Subra
1st Dec 2014 (#)

"Peace at home, peace in the world", said Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey. Peace at home literally means peace between individuals and when there is such peace it translates to a balance with society, because it is individulas who make up society. Yes, no man is an island and if society is peaceful political leaders in such an ideal world can make it a better place. However in reality leaders are power-crazy and there comes the problems! Well written dear Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Subra for your wise take, appreciated. We are getting to the nub of the issue - politicians are more concerned with their selfish agenda than solving the ills of society. We should send a message - enough of acting and get cracking! siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
9th Jan 2015 (#)

I agree wholeheartedly with this article Siva! It seems that today so many people just want to be right! I guess this is mankind's competitive nature to always want to win. There is no winning if we have to hurt others in the process! We must be sensitive and aware of the others person's pain too! No man is an island!! God Bless!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Judy for your support and comments. I see around me few rich who are always thinking of adding millions to the ones they already have and never feel satisfied. Then there are also the many who are happy with what little they have.

Countries should also realize that we are one community - what you covet others will too starting from Weapons of Mass Destruction - hypocrisy is easily exposed by even a child.

I tell my rich friends subtly what they have is derived from society and they have a duty to help those in need than just close an eye or both eyes! siva

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author avatar Retired
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Great post! We need balance and peace.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for supporting an earlier post of mine, Carmen. We should blend with society at large but also strengthen it by our unique contribution - siva

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