Do We Have To Be Cunning To Succeed In Life?

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Few adopt cunning ways to get ahead in life. They may prove shortcuts to material success and political power, but they destroy the soul of society. It is time to redefine success to include less of selfish pursuits and more of inclusive effort.

Cunningness and Success

Babies look the personification of innocence and we can mold them to be good human beings but adults have to set an example too; a tough call in a dog-eat-dog world with due apologies to our canine fellow travelers! The moment we become aware of the ways of the world we know all that glitters is not gold. We start learning that fairy tales are just that and the real world proves a minefield. One cannot be naive and has to be ever aware of traps; there are many out to hoodwink the trusting to get ahead in material wealth and power. Some don many roles to have their way. Leaders distrust own shadows even – what is going on within. The world is unable to get out of a vicious cycle of distrust and suspicion. Immense wealth is cornered and sustained through cunning maneuvers and morality becomes the casualty in the bargain. And, sadly, it is taken for granted as just a trait of human nature.

Redefine Success

The media highlights all that glitters, the superficial, and most fall into a trap. We pursue what others covet too and the purpose of life boils down to trying to get ahead even by stealth. Where then is the time to smell the roses or give a helping hand to those in need? Our leaders bend over backwards to please those already ahead in the queue. After all, they hold the ace and control economy. We have others like teachers who mold children with proper values and scientists trying to uplift our lives but find they are lower in the pecking order; sadly, a lopsided value system that we have created. There are others too who defend our security but are generally neglected and unable to make a mark in society as the wealthy have their way all the time. We should recast the way we look at the value system so that all are given equal merit to influence the government policies. We have to break the nexus between cunning and success. I may be excused for my view – successful business people owe their wealth to their cunning and lack of empathy.

Purpose of Life

The most fulfilling way to live a life is to live for others. We are after all cogs in a giant wheel. But when selfish goals get entrenched in our minds we get carried away and join a race that none can win. Few reach their milestones but remove themselves from society in the bargain. When they ignore society, they get ignored in the end, left to their devices counting and recounting their wealth. When we set wrong yardsticks for success many innocents too fall victims. Life ends up a mad race to nowhere as our possessions become the envy of many and prove useless when the time is nigh. Those surrounding the rich cannot wait to get the hoard.

Become Co-creators

Can we view ourselves as co-creators of real wealth to improve the general wellness of our planet to which all other species too depend on for bare survival? The tug of war between people and countries have to give way to cooperation than trying to outdo each other thereby putting our lives under heavy stress. Even the innocents who want to be left alone get caught in the stampede. We prove to be our own worst enemies with nature bending backwards to keep us alive. We are forever teenagers refusing to grow up.

Change from Within

For the change that we all aspire for, at least the majority, the awareness has to come from within. The challenge is to break free from the set standards that worship material wealth. Is it because we cannot quantify those that really matter to all? The poor need help to pull up by own bootstraps, not forgetting those who do not have any! They are the real heroes who are untouched by material wealth and leave those who corner more than they need at peace. But the greed and avarice should be kept under check as there are limits to the patience of anyone. The majority should not feel like a tiger cornered to hit out to bring the whole house down. What is the trigger point for discontent to boil over is anybody’s guess. The minority, having their heyday now, should be aware that their exalted position in terms of wealth is beholden to the silent majority who leave them at peace.

How is the change to be brought about? It should be through awareness that nature’s bounty is to be value added in the most harmonious way possible. It is the precious asset that we hold in trust for future generations. Our development will prove counter-productive if we lose sight of the basics that have served us well. Let the technological progress be in consonance with the progress in awareness of our frailties. We should take every step not to deprive the most vulnerable. Being cunning in our ways will prove a short term gain but a long term defeat for humanity. Again through technology we are easily exposed of our intentions and let openness and inclusiveness become the guiding light. It is after all a common journey and all have to have a role in it.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Johnnydod for the moderation and star merit. Appreciate your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Thought provoking.A cunning character leads you to nowhere.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Randhir. Cunning nature is anathema to a cohesive society as it spreads disharmony and distrust - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th Jan 2014 (#)

so much wisdom here again Siva..many thanks my friend...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you for your support and encouragement, Carolina - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Yet many a cunning people seem to rule the roost in many spheres of life.

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author avatar Mariah
18th Jan 2014 (#)

We must be true to ourselves and to others, living our lives in the sincerity of being equals.
As always, a most inspirational and heartwarming
post my friend.
Thank you Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Mariah, so happy to see you again. I do hope we are at the threshold of the Age of Enlightenment, leaving the for good the Entitlement syndrome of few - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Agreed, Siva. Our culture seems to prize those who get ahead by any means. All that wealth doesn't fulfill them, and it's never enough. Instead, those who live for others find true joy and contentment. Thanks for yet another inspiring and enlightening post, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Connie for your kind words of encouragement. Unless we cherish everyone equally, our society will remain stuck in a mire. I find genuine meaning and feeling when with those who trust us, as is the natural thing to do, and do not have to watch our words for being misunderstood. Children are taught to be worldly wise (cunning) to get ahead and then we say goodbye to empathy and compassion - siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning, Siva; we share so many of the same opinions and thoughts about the self-absorbed society we all live in. My recovery has included becoming less self-centered and it has been a more fulfilling life for the last 25 than for the first 41. Yet, it is difficult when the media promotes materialistic values, and our governments do such a poor job of utilizing resources in a more equal manner to sway people to not think solely of themselves. I know I do not have the answer, however, more, like yourself, need to write and ask the questions. Maybe people will start paying attention. Thank you for this article. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Marilyn for your input. Almost everyone agrees the present state of affairs is not conducive for peaceful life. But few persist with their acts putting the majority at their mercy. Unless we are ready to speak out to start with, and then join together to act in unison nothing will change. I see awakening in many countries that greed has grown overboard and it is time people rose to put a lid on it within the framework of democracy and freedom. If we accept the goings on, we will be kicking the can down the road and soon we will reach the dead end of the limits to our tolerance - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Lovely post Siva, but there is a big BUT, some form of cunning is required to succeed in life.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan. We should not be dumb, then human race will not survive. My point is there should be limits. As for myself I give the benefit of doubt and then ignore those who are cunning in their ways to my discomfiture. They cheat the good and lose it all to others who outdo them - a reverse Robin Hood. Hours ago, there was a news item : US-Germany relations have hit low due to NSA spying scandal. If we have friends like these, why we need enemies at all! siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Yes, I am going to agree with Madan's wise words here. Though I can agree that we should be more selfless, sometimes that in itself is a form of cunning. And certainly parents teaching their children or protecting them from harm could also be "guilty" of cunning acts, though no guilt should be ascribed to this.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for your views. I agree we need to be worldly wise, but should not take to cunning ways to take a short-cut. Such acts just cast a pall of gloom on society in general. I take to a selfless life for peace of mind and to help those in need. I do not know whether that can be termed cunning! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Jan 2014 (#)

I completely agree.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. Let us have a more trusting world than one where we try to outsmart each other and everyone suffers in the end - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Excellent post. Thank you dear brother Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks dear VP. Your kind words are appreciated - siva

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author avatar Carol
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Cunning and greed go hand in hand, not nice qualities to have. A great write as always Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol for your input and encouragement - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Jan 2014 (#)

If we touch one life a day for good dear Siva , then we have done our best to make the world around us a better place .
Wisdom to do good would be far better than cunning or greed that only have selfish motives that have no lasting memorial.
God bless you my friend in your quest to share goodness .
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella for your comments. We see the cunning people everywhere who are out to take advantage of the innocent public. They have only greed and self-aggrandizement as their motives and leave a pall of gloom in the aftermath. For the victims they leave a lifelong scar in terms of trust and believing others - siva

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author avatar pinks11
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning sir, well said.
I have also experienced this cunningness based on insecurity at my work place.after leaving the job I was constantly thinking what went wrong from my side .my only mistake was I was honest.today I feel contempted after reading your post.thankyou very much.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Pinks11. We are all victims especially those who believe others by habit and take goodness for granted. I have been short-changed by people who forget to repay loans taken but ever aware of little amounts they are owed. Yes, it is so common in the workplace to take credit for others' efforts. As I have mentioned, we tell children to behave well, but do they see it practiced in adult world? However I have seen retribution is never far away and also the karma effect.

I recall a big boss admonishing his employee for lack of effort and that he will forever be working for others and the latter had the last word - I do not mind because I am always happier than you! siva

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author avatar Retired
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Nice post Siva. (May I call you Siva?) I have always viewed success as a state of mind. Getting rich has never been my goal. When I used to be a full time employee - ostensibly as a copy writer, photographer and creative director - I was often called upon to be trouble-shooter. I can't count the number of times I have been called in to fix failed contracts, pacify an irate client, and even solve issues within the company. I didn't expect reward or even a thank you. I simply saw it as a necessity to ensure that the company remained solvent and the people I worked with still had jobs. Success for me was when I succeeded in diplomatically bridging the expectations of the client with the needs of my company. That was reward enough. Being as kind and understanding as we can to others has its own rewards. I told my children, when they were young, "If someone shouts at me, I have done something wrong and probably deserve it. If someone hits me, its probably because i have made them angry. If someone steals from me, they probably need what they stole more than I do. If someone lies to me, I will never forgive them". I am no angel by any means but I always try to see any situation from another's point of view. I used to have a reputation for never losing a proposal. For that, I had often had to be as wily as a fox. But the benefit was for the company - and of course, indirectly for me.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Mike for sharing your attitude and approach to life. I have been in finance and accounts all my life. I have seen how greed clouds the judgement and humanity of the super rich to the extent of looking at their employees as mere digits.Of course, there are good among the rich too. I remember one telling me even when the business is bad, he does't deny his employees as over a period of time his business thrives.

I try to avoid going to get-together parties hosted by banks when I have to represent my boss. The reason being the atmosphere in them where one is judged by what he/she is worth and the huge ego they sport! Though I support capitalism and free markets greed is a real dampener and acts as an albatross/millstone around the necks of humanity - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

A good strategy. Yet, there are people who are so selfish that they do not care about their company or fellow employees, and unfortunately many a times such people are in the top management.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Agreed Ptrikha, some street smartness is necessary but we should stick to basic decency. Selfish people are exposed and look for short-term monetary gains. I remember a boss telling his employee he will never make it in life but the employee retorted that he is happier than his boss and that is what matters for him in life. Finally it is our choice - which path will be comfortable for us - siva

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author avatar Retired
20th Jan 2014 (#)

Sorry about spelling errors. Today I switched from a power hungry and heavy laptop to a netbook with low power consumption and a lot lighter to carry. Still trying to get used to the smaller keyboard and screen, so I think spelling errors will be around for a few days - or perhaps I should make the ends of my fingers a bit pointy and wear stronger reading glasses.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jan 2014 (#)

No problem Mike. I too try to do good but, at least, avoid doing damage. Frankly, I did not notice any errors captivated as I was by understanding what you had to say! And that uplifted my spirits and made my day! siva

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author avatar Retired
21st Jan 2014 (#)

I know what you mean about get-togethers. many years back I was doing society photography for a magazine and attended many upper-society events armed with a Nikon or two. I met many ministers, ambassadors, celebrities, and of course the super rich and famous. Rather boring listening to their chatter most of the time, even though I was quite often included in conversations about this and that, and my very diplomatic opinions generally well accepted. What i did observe was that many of the top-enders were extremely shallow people. Ambassadors were the exception though. They showed remarkable resilience to what for some must have been a tedious part of their ambassadorial functions. But there was redemption. When the German ambassador had such a party, he always directed me immediately to his private stash oh Grolsh beer - specially imported from Germany just for him. Strange how I took fewer, but better photos at his events. Ff not for the hooch, it would have been just another evening's work. Have to admit though, there were times when these events were quite exciting. Ever had the daughter of a president personally serve you a meal? My status instantly jumped from a nobody to celebrity of the moment. After the meal some of the wealthy guests asked me what project i had with the president's daughter. Was it a new seaport, a factory, a tollroad? My moment of fame died when they realised I was just the hired help. What saw was greed and quite a bit of envy, but their benevolent smiles reappeared when they learnt that I was no threat to their position.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks again Mike. Wealth has a tendency to enslave us. I have seen the wealthy getting attention for just being wealthy, but that proves temporary as someone wealthier steals the show and it goes on ad nauseam. One tends to become shallow too as I have sat through parties where the only topic is which currency or stock is likely to appreciate. In Asia the rich generally hold tight to their wealth fearing that others are out to grab their hoardings little realizing that their own is impatiently waiting to inherit it all! I have balanced my life with few assets and limited liabilities so interest rates hold little meaning to me. Most economic news are just news - the rich want interest rates to go up while the borrowers want the opposite - so neither a lender nor a borrower be. We should remember we came with nothing and leave with nothing. The final moments should reflect we value added within our limits.

I am on the verge of retirement and some ask me how I would adjust to less income and I say I look forward to spending time with those who live contentedly and happily as the rich can never be satisfied. But I do admire those who work hard but not for rewards beyond what they need. It is much easier for a poor person to part with few dollars than the rich who think whether it is a wise for them to do so and have many excuses like they cannot please all - siva

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author avatar Retired
21st Jan 2014 (#)

I see that I'm still making spelling errors, but getting used to the smaller keyboard bit by bit, and the smaller screen. Maybe I need some Grolsh!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jan 2014 (#)

I feel you are doing great Mike - I have not seen any spelling errors. But your comments are so wholesome and welcome - siva

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author avatar Retired
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva. I appreciate that. I am 63, so I guess I too am relatively close to retirement. But that is something I won't do. I just can't see me stopping work. I enjoy being a workaholic. Anyway, my education isn't complete yet. I am addicted (in addition to coffee) to studying and learning. Currently computer programming. I heard many years ago that in China, when under communism, that a man could not reach the upper echelons of government until he had reached the age of 85. Considered not mature enough and insufficiently wise. I like that philosophy. Anyway, I hope your retirement, when it comes, is all that you wish it to be, although I have heard that writers never give up writing. Retirement for you could simply mean more time to write, what you want, when you want.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike for your kind words. Happy to know more about you and your lifestyle, pursuits. We should live before we die. As long as we enjoy reasonable health we should be alright though there are few, like Stephen Hawking, showing us the art of the possible and to never to give up.

What I meant was I may not be earning a salary but then I will have more time to pursue my passions like reading and writing. I also need not pretend to be an expert in currencies and stock markets. Now the standard question is - what is the best investment? If I tell the truth - family - it will put many off!

I do believe people are grappling with the evils of greed and trying to find a new beginning to have a more meaningful life. For me, it is just to live for others and then some say even that is a selfish motive! I try to live with zilch ego and that again is selfish! I just give up! siva

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author avatar Retired
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Having an ego is an important part of the human character. It describes who we are. What is important is that we channel that ego so that it benefits others and doesn't simply showcase our own capabilities. When I was a young man in the UK, I had a small automotive and industrial repair business, and a growing reputation for professionalism. As much as I enjoyed myself, one day I realised I was not working to live, but living to work. I packed a bag, left the UK and have never looked back. Extensive travel, mostly on a shoestring budget, broadened my mind. Seeing the poverty in Southeast Asia broke my heart and I made a vow that I stay here and do whatever I could to help. I didn't have any useful money, but I have always had drive, passion and a good mind. My primary focus was and always has been contributing to the development of international tourism and improving product exports as a major key to economic growth, political stability and the eradication of poverty. I have the satisfaction of knowing that although my contribution was miniscule, I did what I could to the best of my capabilities. It became very clear to me early on that big money is not everything and certainly not a guarantee of health and happiness. For many years I have lived on a very modest income, by my own choice. I own nothing and need nothing. My most valuable possession is the netbook computer I am using now. (I sold my bigger laptop last night.) No car, rented home, no life insurance. My hand phone is almost an antique. Do I miss the old days - my Jaguar car, posh restaurants and fine wines, expensive clothes, credit cards and easy access to bank loans? Not at all. My wife and I live very humbly and very happily. My wife sometimes asks when will I buy new shoes and I always give her my standard reply, "I only need one pair because I only have one pair of feet". During the past three decades, in the times that I have been a full-time employee with various companies, usually with a comfy office, I mostly wore jeans and a T-shirt. I only "dressed up" if I had to attend a meeting with high profilers, and even then I put on a crispy clean, but cheap jacket and trousers with a borrowed tie. My last boss gave up complaining when I finally I told him he was paying for my capabilities and not my appearance - and if he wanted me to look as smart as him then he would have to double my salary. One boss actually did - and I bought more expensive jeans. I have never been fired from a job and in many cases have been asked to return, so I guess my talents were more important than my appearance after all. I never stay in a job for more than four years and when a boss asks me why I am leaving, I always tell them, "I've made you enough money. Now it is someone else's turn". That is surely an ego, but it serves me well. The most important thing in life is to be happy. Accept with good grace whatever happens to you, the good and the bad, never take stress to bed with you and always wake up with a smile. All this is important to staying healthy. It must be working for me 'cos I am in excellent physical condition with a nice heart beat rate of 54 and I can still run a mile fairly easily. People often tell me that I look like I am barely 40, not 63. One of my friends is a doctor and he often asks me how I do it. Simple answer - be positive, be kind to and don't envy others, and you will be rewarded with happiness and contentment. When my time is up I won't drive to Heaven in a Jaguar. Wherever it is I have to go, Heaven or Hell, I have my shoes. I will walk.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Uplifting share Mike, thank you. When we have such attitude nothing can faze us - whatever life throws at us will be taken in our stride - life becomes a walk in the park! I remember what the Bard wrote - cowards die many a death but the brave only once, or another, what does not kill us makes us stronger.

What I told about ego is the negative aspect which does not allow us to look at the positive side of humanity and easily leads to greed - what a potent combination! Regarding poverty in Asia, I have wondered aloud how there can be billionaires in their midst competing with those from richer countries. Obviously, they are thriving at the expense of the majority poor who are getting poorer by the day! And they little remember not a cent can be taken away from this living planet - we come with nothing and leave with nothing and, sadly, the rich leave more liabilities and carry with them bad karma.

Regarding ego, I have to explain my take. When we shed our ego (in a negative sense) we are able to move seamlessly. I move with multi-millionaires and also those who do not know where their next meal is going to come from. The former has nothing to share in every way, while the latter has time, kindness and humanity and even are ready to borrow to help me in need like I have done to others. Yes, the Age of Enlightenment is in the horizon and for that the Age Entitlement, greed and may I add (negative) ego should make way - siva

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author avatar Retired
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

I also found (even before I left the UK) that people who own little or nothing will willingly share as if we are doing them a favour. If a wealthy person does something for you, we are never allowed to forget it - even if it was just to loan you a screwdriver.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike. One of the basics to get rich is to forget what one owes, but remember every cent owed. One worthy wealthy told me one can cheat a financial institution but not individuals as the former does not have a soul! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

As per me, you have hitten the proverbial arrow on the spot(or whatever the saying goes). At times, i do feel cornered and alone in the world for being a bit good and feel :"I should have been much more cunning!"
An everyday example illustrates this:
Till 4/5 years back, if one wanted to drive at a steady pace on crowded Delhi Roads, one just needed to drive in the middle mostly, and at times in the rightmost lane with average speeds from 40 to 55 KMph.
And one felt safe.

However, now, even with this approach, at times, one just gets avoided being hit by other mad drivers, who seem overzealous to show to the world that they can drive really fast, and consider themselves experts. They consider the whole road as their own, especially those with Honda city or cars bigger than it.

So, a stage has come when if someone just wants to live in peace, others won't allow him or her to remain so.
Quite sad as per me.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Ptrikha, the awareness of what is right is always in us - that spark is what the Creator has left within each of us whatever our beliefs are. Atheists also do what is right without expecting any rewards after life. In fact, they live without borders, not hindered by artificial barriers.

In many countries, including India, there is a mass awakening that few are short-changing the majority and taking advantage of their goodness. The main issue In India is we have democracy and freedom and no rule of law and that leads to anarchy. I just cannot understand why the younger generations are on the sidelines and allowing gerontocratic rule. It is time they took the bull by the horns - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
24th Jan 2014 (#)

That is achievable, but would need a radical shift, and a mass movement akin to the Quit India Movement!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jan 2014 (#)

I feel we can work within the system Ptrikha. Democracy means rule by the majority but, sadly, the majority that matters do not vote as they do not bother or sort of give up - it is bad, going to be worse; every election will bring in leaders who are equally bad like the previous ones, or even worse! That Obama became President against all odds should prove that nothing is impossible. Where there is a will, there is a way - siva

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author avatar Geeta Rao
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Sir, An eye opener 2 those who r engaged in fraudulent means 2 climb the social ladder. Thanks 4 the share expect more such from u.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Geeta. I have written many along the same lines. The cunning are only cheating themselves in the end, and comeuppance is never far away - siva

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author avatar Subra
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Dear Siva

It is so obvious to everyone that one need not be cunning to achieve success in life.Yet it is a fact that many men have been successful due to their cunning nature. Cunningness is a human failing, yet many succumb to it as a short-cut to success.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for the input. Some take shortcuts through cunning maneuvers, but are easily exposed. Still a leopard cannot change its spots! Some insist on accumulating bad karma! But those with a conscience will not take such a path - siva

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author avatar Subra
13th Feb 2014 (#)

By the way, dear Siva, what you say hits the nail on the head! Well done again.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Subra - All are on the same page - so let us just do it! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Feb 2014 (#)

Great thoughts- perhaps time for you to stand as the next Prime Minister candidate of India :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha for your kind words. The main issue is though India has democracy, few are more than equal like in all countries. They dictate terms whoever is in power. Their stranglehold has to be broken and for that the common citizens should bury their frivolous disagreements and look at the big picture. I am sure those who know me will vote for me, but I will just pass. There are many capable people ready to enter the ring and I will back them. I feel the young should step in as the future belongs to them - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Feb 2014 (#)

And I am sure all the Indian voters of Wikinut will vote for you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks again, Ptrikha. I think without borders, so I will be happy if our leaders join together for our progress, not forgetting our fellow travelers - all species - as the throbbing universe belongs to us all! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
17th Feb 2014 (#)

Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party seemed to be showing the way to do so. However, he was doing things as if he was playing in T-20 rather than settle down and take time to correct things. Perhaps we need willingness to rectify things as well as sensibility and patience.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. I do not closely follow politics as all politicians in India get elected and then kick the ladder that brought them to power. Like everything in life, one needs hard work to succeed than quick fix measures. AK has to deliver on the promises than try to find scapegoats; one step at a time, work within the system, as otherwise he will be another Mao, and Cultural Revolution with Red Guards waving little books with anti-corruption slogans. The Long March and Cultural Revolution killed twenty million each.

I was in Kerala when communists ruled and speeches were ear shattering. But soon enough many had to leave and work in the scorching heat of Middle East to keep body and soul together and finally returned to their families as strangers. Now many countries are coming up with discipline including Vietnam where Americans and Europeans are investing heavily. Japan has invested more in China than in India as they are practical people - not like Indian politics where emotions rule over reason - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
19th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing your views Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Feb 2014 (#)

It is my pleasure Ptrikha to share my views. Today I was talking to a businessman of Indian origin based in Hong Kong who visits India & China often. According to him, whatever be the political system, Chinese love their country through showcasing their development and proper planning - something India an learn from. Frankly, I wonder what democracy and freedom means to a person who does not know where his next meal is going to come from. His elected leaders are not satisfied with the millions they accumulate while in power. Frivolous talk is just that! Life should be more than endless drama by these actors - siva

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author avatar Retired
16th Mar 2014 (#)

I've friends who use tricks, deceit and falsehood to get their fast success. They've all the money now some have passed on but I still thank GOD that I'm still alive and content with what I've achieved through honesty and pateince. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Hotnicey. If wealth is the be all and end all, then one follows that path but without conscience. But we do have to pay a heavy price even if we elude the justice system while alive. I have seen some very rich leaving this world in misery - siva

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author avatar DESIRES
18th May 2014 (#)

Wonderful thoughts Mr Siva. In today's competitive world many parents also teach their kids that they need to be cunning to survive. It is indeed these wrong notions which makes life more difficult for everyone..Co-operation is the true mantra of success.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2014 (#)

Thanks Desires for your visit and comments. It is time we moved away from the selfish Age of Entitlement to the inclusive Age of Enlightenment where everyone counts. I maintain there is no virtue in becoming too wealthy in a poor country. Obviously, the wealth is squeezed from the blood of the poor people. Our children should be told and taught to be useful to society - siva

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author avatar Abdur Quaderi
3rd Jun 2014 (#)

Nice subject.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Abdur. Cunning ways destroy the soul of society - siva

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