Beliefs should not Belie Common Sense

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In the name of beliefs, few manage to dictate their wicked agenda. The irony is the vast majority are held hostage by few by setting one against another playing on our emotions. When common sense is allowed full play, our differences fade away. Our goal is clear - mutual coexistence despite our varied beliefs. When all beliefs profess peace, why should there be conflict?

Coexistence

Everyone should be entitled to their beliefs as long as it is not against the well being of society. Our laws are based on common sense and equity; likewise, our beliefs should also follow that general rule. We can have any number of beliefs – in fact, the more the merrier – and Gods even, but if the end product is destruction that throws up issues we all have to contend with. The world has been ravaged by few despots and bigots among us who are allowed to have their way; in the end, raw emotions trump reason. Ordinary people are the victims of their intolerance. It is proved time and time again that common sense is not so common. We are inborn with common sense just like how we see other species able to sense danger and to align with their own for survival. However, we prove incapable of adhering to the very basics of coexistence; the state of our world is proof enough. Our leaders are always putting out fires; oftentimes those they themselves ignite through their thoughtless actions. When trying to solve a problem we should not invite a revenge motive; in that case we sow seeds of further carnage. Beliefs should not lead us at each other’s throats like we see happening so graphically!

Many Beliefs

It is a fact of life we have to content with; we have many beliefs fighting for the turf. Beliefs should be a private matter and certainly not in the face of others who have different beliefs. Common sense says there can be only one Creator and we can call our Gods by different names and take different paths too for our salvation. As for me, just being good is more than enough and by not even thinking ill of others let alone indulging in it. What is good is prompted from within and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a good guide when in doubt. People who do not wear their beliefs on their sleeves are easy to get along with even if they profess our own path. I knew one who was always on his way for prayers or just returning from praying though his lifestyle was hardly worthy of merit! In fact, he was deluding himself as even a child could see through his hypocrisy!

What is our Goal?

We should start working backwards from our goal. We all want to live in peace through mutual coexistence. Then all pieces should fall in their place. Armaments are anathema to peace. There is no end if we start accumulating them more than our neighbors. Now the big powers are not only competing among themselves in this nefarious game but enticing others to buy from them through sweet deals offering incentives tied to trade and defense pacts. Nobody need be an enemy unless we treat them as one. When leaders can meet in a jiffy and profess peace, why should there be underhand dealings all the time? Again, common sense is a casualty when they try to hoodwink each other and also try to lure the smaller fries in their efforts to expand their sphere of influence. Whatever their beliefs are or even none at all, these actions are against common sense and what they sow will stare them in their face sooner or later. Our leaders tend to leave a negative baggage for others to inherit! Those that happened generations ago still weigh down a modern world despite the inter-connectivity that binds us increasingly to prove the dictum – the world is an oyster.

Beliefs and Common Sense

We should coexist by finding a fine balance between our beliefs and common sense. If our beliefs lead us towards an eye for an eye then the whole world will be blind to quote Gandhi! I have seen an increasing trend in the young marrying from different beliefs and those that leave their beliefs out of daily life manage to hold themselves together. That is the way for the world too for us to coexist. Let us wait with bated breath who is proved right till we leave this blessed place. Will our patience hold or will we jump the gun? As for me, I have nothing to prove. My life itself is the reward and I do not expect anything anyway while being here – then whatever I get is a bonus! I would like to leave with a sigh – wow, what a ride, thanks anyway for the opportunity given! Good to descend to the depths at times so that I could enjoy the ride up! Let common sense guide our thinking and actions and that is the only way for our survival. The irony is 99% do it in their daily lives; so we should identify the 1% who set our agenda! They cannot ride roughshod and seal our fate! And to think the 99% are everywhere and also the wicked 1%! The latter gets emboldened when the vast majority allow them to set our agenda! Einstein said “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it”. Why common sense should always take a back seat? Time to act not a day soon!


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author avatar Shamarie
29th Nov 2014 (#)

Extraordinary article, Silva, thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading this. I hope the world gets better soon!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for your moderation and the encouragement through star merit - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Shamarie for your enthusiastic support. When we are blessed with inborn common sense, why should we go against it? There is only one creative process and there cannot be many Gods even - siva

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author avatar tafmona
29th Nov 2014 (#)

thanks a lot for sharing this unique article

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Tafmona, appreciate your enduring support - siva

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author avatar Retired
29th Nov 2014 (#)

Oh Siva this is such a powerful article I tweeted it, hoping this will create more chatter on the web. We forget that we are all brothers sharing this space. We have to stop this nonsense fighting one-another and work for the common good of mankind. Thank you for this great article.

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author avatar Utah Jay
30th Nov 2014 (#)


I have no problems what others chose to believe or disbelieve as long as they do not infringe on my right to believe whatever I want to believe…Great article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Utah, just like we cannot jump out of our skin while here, let us accept others as who they are. When we are born into a belief, we give it lot benefit of doubt, but tend to look at others with a magnifying glass for warts and all. Every thought process can only originate within this creative process though we are given the wisdom to choose what is right from wrong.

Those who want to fight for their beliefs, let them do so by all means, but leave out the vast majority out of this self defeating process. It so happens the masterminds use the emotional and vulnerable as puppets while staying away from harm - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Petra for extending such support, appreciated. Our emotions lead us astray away from common sense. When we act as a trustee of this blessed place and feel grateful for being part of the great creative process, we can rise above petty jealousies and frivolous thoughts and actions. Our lifestyle itself should be our prayer.

People are easily misled and become emotional when injected with fanatical venom. I lived in Indonesia and people are so accepting of others but few were misled with an incentive that they can kill and get killed to ascend to heaven where 72 virgins were waiting for them! Will we continue to be human there with the same physical attributes? Few were brainwashed but the masterminds behind the whole wicked episode that killed hundreds kept away from harm!

I help those in need and their beliefs hardly matter. I have lived among those who profess many beliefs, and even none at all, and there is the good and bad everywhere. There are no boundaries whatsoever in the eyes of the Creator - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Very topical, but easier said than done.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan, we have to change course towards common sense to survive - siva

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author avatar viewgreen
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Great article and very educative information. Thank you for charging this a piece of knowledge about the beliefes (religions). Have a nice day sir.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Viewgreen, appreciate your support. Have a nice day too - siva

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author avatar Retired
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Another outstanding article with important messages, highly relevant in the world today and delivered articulately and with conviction. Keep shining that wisdom-light, dear Siva-ji Namaste, rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Rama-ji, I know you are fully aware of what I am trying to get at and where I am coming from as you have seen what I have seen and experienced. The simple folks that you come into contact with only yearn for love and coexistence irrespective of their religious affiliations. I quote Gandhi “There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread”. And the doctors and nurses who alleviate pain and distress are also akin to God. Namaste - siva

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author avatar spirited
30th Nov 2014 (#)

I mostly agree siva, but with my type of common sense, I would surely be an atheist then, as I have always preferred not to old any beliefs at all for myself, but I do like investigating the beliefs of others.

I am not an atheist though, if I was, I would have killed myself a long time ago.

With that last thought, you might think that I have no common sense either.

I believe the world is big enough to hold people like me with no common sense or beliefs too....It is good that raw emotions have never killed or thumped off my reason, but reason is not always the same as common sense to me.

Thought provoking article siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Spirited for our views. I know you dwell on this subject though from a different angle. I feel reason should lead to common sense and you have never left common sense in the first place! I believe in the power of Creation or whoever behind it is! To gauge that force is beyond us if we take the whole universe and multiverses too - wheels within wheels; we haven't scratched its surface as yet. Are we not part of a humongous journey with someone beyond our imagination at the wheel? The ride is so smooth too! We can only perceive the energy through our bestowed senses and through some beliefs, dreams and imagination. That there are many beliefs itself testifies to the variety in creation - endless possibilities.

There are many, especially among young, who border on atheism. Even if one asks them what their religions stand for they fumble beyond the basics. I have seen some atheists very involved in the welfare of society and genuine, and likewise some who follow their faith despising other beliefs to create enmity. So there is good and bad everywhere.

I have studied in Christian and Muslim institutions and lived in Muslim majority country. I lived many years in India too with its many faiths. That it manages to hold together despite occasional flare ups, again instigated by few fanatics, is a testament to the largehearted nature and acceptance of the vast majority. I am born a Hindu but hold that Hinduism as one among many that has brought us thus far. I will never say it is better than others. I am not qualified to pass judgement at all! If it encourages coexistence then its teachings are relevant.

I feel fulfilled that people express themselves like you do for us to understand our issues and to solve them - siva

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author avatar spirited
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks for your long reply siva.

I should try to clarify my point.

I try to hold no conscious beliefs, but I do try to discover my unconscious beliefs, if any still exist. Innate common sense is a type of unconscious prompting something like intuition I think. I know I have that, but I prefer to bypass any/most of my conscious common sense, and explore more avenues first, because I think that it can be limiting sometimes, and I feel it is more based on just my own thinking than the innate would be.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Spirited. I too let my mind wander and that way beyond our ken of perception,preconceived notions and innate knowing. Dreams teach us a lot though they look disconnected. Maybe, they are flashbacks of our past experiences or even parallel existence - all these point to endless possibilities.

I also like to understand all points of view - of course live and let live is important. I like to acknowledge the Creator in my actions and thought process and even if the results of my actions are not what I wanted I accept them with humility and move on. Thanks again for taking the time, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Pohtiongho
30th Nov 2014 (#)

What others want to believe is not my concern, but they must not believe stupid thing like cutting the throats of virgins will offer them better benefits in heaven and with more access to virgins. You have those people around you.
I investigate and question. I don't simply believe.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Yes Poh Tiong Ho - that was what I was highlighting. We are emotional to the extent we are ready to die for our Gods! I feel it is better we mind our business and help those in need than take the easy way out of family commitments. Many went to fight only to return with tails between legs - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Problem is what we say we don't do, and don't believe what we say.. kind of compromise with self interests or finding way out to escape from conflicts of interests...
I like your morality anyway Sivaji... great work..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Appreciate your support, dear Karim. I salute those who work hard to earn their living like I see many from your country do. Then our Gods will feel fulfilled - siva

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author avatar snerfu
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Did anyone do anything about Einstein? Ha ha just kidding Siva. You are right in showing beliefs should be universal rather than personal. Good article, I liked reading it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Snerfu - let us thrive in the diversity and wisdom than trying to hit below the belt of each other where it hurts most! siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Another well written article.Living in the 21st century tolerance and common sense are important factors.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Yes Randhir - we need to take a hard look in the mirror and change course. The more we try to change others without us giving an inch the more will they stand their ground - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Nov 2014 (#)

so much wisdom contained herein as all your writings are dear Siva...thank you for sharing and being You...blessings...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Yes dear Carolina, I have seen life from different angles and where others are coming from. We lose our moorings when we ignore reality. We are born with common sense, live and let live - siva

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author avatar Subra
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Dear Siva, beliefs are as many as there are people in this world and people have a right to their beliefs so long as these can contribute to the common good. Coexistence comes from people coming together despite individual beliefs. We can always agree to disagree and if only this was practised throughout this world, there will be less conflicts and wars.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Subra, your support is motivating. We should be ever mindful of society around us - our lifestyle should not be in others' face. Freedom does not mean I can swing my arms around in a crowded place! If our lives are worthy others will take note and even if it is the opposite! There is no need to force beliefs down the throat and that way one shows they are defeated with reasoning.

Sadly, religion has served to divide us though it is crystal clear there is only one creative process. We do not know where we were before and also after here, if at all; so let us leave with heads held high representing the entire humanity, even other species! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Religion , colour and politics have divided mankind since the Fall of man dear Siva ...along with pride , greed , hatred , class distinction , and rivalry on every level .
Satan, who is the master of all evil, knows his days are numbered on this earth , and he doesn't care how many people he destroys , as long as he can .
In John 10 v 10 we read
The devil came to kill, steal and destroy , ( but Jesus said ) I have come that they might have life and that abundantly .
I have chosen His life ,Siva , and until He comes again to this earth and brings His Peace there will never be peace on earth , Good will to all men , as promised at His Nativity.
God bless you my dear friend with Heavenly Peace .
Now and always
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella, appreciate your steadfast belief. It is ironic that people still kill others in the name of religion and beliefs. There is enough physical, mental and even cyberspace now for us all to coexist and pursue our own paths. If I say people become animals, then it will be insulting the latter who like to be left to themselves! Maybe, we descend to rabid dogs in the way we behave - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva for a nice article on a subject that looks easy but is difficult to practice.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Dec 2014 (#)

Yes Madan, but time to accept the reality and find common ground. We cannot continue with business as usual as what happened on 9/11 will look a walk in the park with much more powerful weapons everywhere - siva

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author avatar Carol
2nd Dec 2014 (#)

I have my own beliefs, and also respect those of others. It would not do for us all to think and act in the same way.
Great article Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks Carol, all beliefs profess peace but few hijack them to cause turmoil, mayhem and misery to innocent ordinary folks - siva

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author avatar Sherri Granato
4th Dec 2014 (#)

So true. I just wish that we could all believe in peace and harmony.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2014 (#)

All are mere beliefs,so let us extend the same courtesy that we expect from others for ours. And never kill others based on what they believe in as all profess peace and coexistence - siva

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author avatar Retired
6th Dec 2014 (#)

nice , post best real top

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks for your support, Nirajsinh - siva

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author avatar vellur
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Great article and insights, common sense should rule come what may and should be the first and foremost to be considered by everyone.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Vellur. We can very well have our beliefs or even none at all, but we should believe in the oneness of humanity while recognizing the uniqueness in each of us - siva

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author avatar puncakceria
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article... good job my dear. Thank you for sharing this informations. Have a great day. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks Rideone for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Dec 2014 (#)

You have said it well - beliefs should be a private matter. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell - live and let live. There are many ways to show our gratitude to our Creator as there is only one Creation. When our beliefs shine through our actions, they will more than guide others to our path - siva

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author avatar n.c.radomes
18th Dec 2014 (#)

"...we should believe in the oneness of humanity while recognizing the uniqueness in each of us - siva." I do.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks N C Radomes. We are human to start with though becoming robotic. But I see people from your country show many others the right way - siva

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author avatar pinks11
4th Jan 2015 (#)

Another enlightening article.Sir I have firm belief on power called god but I also believe he gave life to us to live with common sense and not to create unnecessary chaos. thanks for sharing the article. regards.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you pinks11 for your support. Let us coexist and there can be only one Creator as we share this world with others - siva

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author avatar ADORA by Simona
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Very powerful article, Siva! As one that does not belong to any of the organized religions, your take on "just being good is more than enough" defines me as well... History is full of wars, destructions, conquering and killings in the name of one or the other god. As this was understandable in a time when "civilization" and knowledge were not widely available to everyone, in the 21st century this is a complete nonsense. Thank you for your great insight, I really enjoyed your post! Simona

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Simona for your take. We come with a conscience and that should guide us and should be the spark for our thinking and actions. Gandhi said - "There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts."

I have studied and lived among people professing many religions and I wonder why people become so emotional to even kill others in the name of beliefs. They should just wait till they leave this place! siva

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author avatar Skylar Nightingale
2nd Feb 2015 (#)

I enjoyed reading your article. Yes, common sense is lacking when people have certain beliefs. We should treat people with dignity and respect despite our beliefs. As you wrote "your life is a reward," I agree. We can accept that and reach helping hand out to others instead of generating division.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Skylar Nightingale. Let our beliefs not prove a burden and barrier against unity and coexistence. No one way is perfect and we hardly know in depth the different beliefs, but how we all live is a dead giveaway to how much we follow our beliefs. We should start with one Creator as we are made the same whatever our beliefs are. The need to help each other comes from our inner knowing - siva

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