Endless Fight between Good and Evil: Innocent Majority Caught in Between

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The hopes and aspirations of innocent majority remain stymied as politicians play endless politics to suit their agenda. This has happened all through our history. Even the advent of democratic process and the freedom that we enjoy are unable to make a dent on this seemingly insurmountable issue.

Human Nature

Violence happens all the time, everywhere, but that also depends on how we define the term. Some species have little choice as they are carnivorous, predatory, and they cannot avoid gore and violence just to survive. They have to fight to protect their turf but should be forgiven as it is survival instincts at play. However, we take the cake as far as living by violence is concerned. We fight not only to survive but even to impose our will and, thereby, show intolerance. Nature makes sure that it provides for all its inhabitants in abundance. It even reinvents itself to adjust to our greed; stands to reason why it is called Mother Nature, but as we are wont to with our own mothers we hardly show much appreciation taking a lot for granted.

Acquiescing to Evil

Children are born innocent and can be molded. They are like sponge, absorbing and adapting quickly whatever they see and hear, but the hurts carry deep scars to create havoc as they grow up. Some are more sentimental and emotional and cannot reconcile to a violent and unfair world. They are unable to come to terms with injustice. News headlines are full of them and the practical among us try to accept all without even blinking. We get used to such and take it as a way of life – but it is not and should not be. It only shows our acquiescence to the evil acts of few. History is replete with failures of the majority to unite and do their part. A few were allowed to get away and even drag the whole world into calamities through humongous wars that killed millions; again the innocents suffered for no fault of theirs except allowing the few evil to set the agenda, ride roughshod.

We know what is wrong from right but feel helpless even where democracy and freedom reign. Many acts of our leaders pit one group against another, just divides us by every permutation and combination. Freedom of thought and action is what we fight for and have mostly attained, but are we not still manipulated by wily few for their selfish purposes? We elect our leaders and should they not be allowed to govern based on the agenda they were voted in? What then are elections for? The majority would like to be left alone to pursue a fulfilling life. Why should they be drawn into day-to-day politics that only serves to depress them? The theatrics should end for all round progress. But the endless politics is given a free reign.

Majority at the receiving end

I have seen few taking advantage of the innocents for their own ends by exploiting and manipulating the majority setting the latter at loggerheads, using them as puppets. They act as master puppeteers and self-made leaders out to create havoc. They have no responsibility but stay in the limelight and on the side-lines. Religious fanatics are top in the list in poor countries; stirring the pot by crying our aloud – our God is under attack - then emotions run haywire! If the beliefs are founded upon firm principles and well-grounded, what is there to complain? But these acts are on-going and result in innocent deaths and maiming. The leaders remain safe and live to fight another day and with a different agenda!

It is time we have leaders who stop grand-standing and just stick to reason and logic. That way they will serve their masters – those who voted them in. Those defeated should have to bide their time and let the main agenda upon which the elections were won should be carried out. They should also stop playing with fire and brinkmanship on vital issues – with every risk of tipping over! Not only will they topple over – maybe, proving good riddance - but they create enormous calamity especially for the poor in the process.

We have issues both domestic and international for most countries. They are made to hog our lives though they do not merit the importance like life and death issues that they are made out to be. They relate to boundary disputes between countries that can never be resolved through wars but through give and take – lose some, but gain some is the way. Even the richest cannot take away a dime, then what use distant lands that the many innocents are made to lose their lives for?

Time for change

The major issues plaguing us are same everywhere. Most want to eke out a meaningful life and be left alone. But the leaders blow out issues that hardly concern the majority. The real issues that require bipartisan approach are swept under the carpet but kept alive when needed to hoodwink the innocent majority. The real mettle of our leaders is tested and proved by taking a unified approach to solve them within a time-frame. Create is the clarion call, not easy way through destruction! Then only they can be real leaders as opposed to mere politicians who keep stirring the pot to keep issues ever in the spotlight without raising a little finger in solving them. Vote another lot in, but those voted out will again stymie the process! Maybe, in the end the real import of daily news headlines is – evil fighting evil at the cost of the innocent majority who hope against hope for better climes – but get endlessly played out!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Jan 2013 (#)

I think, Sivas, rather than looking for or hoping great leaders will emerge to lead us, that we need to look to ouiselves to lead us. Howard Zinn said change always happens from the bottom up. It is movements at the grass roots level that will force the politicians to change. Change begins with me. If I change myself I change the planet. Great post. You always make the reader think.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Steve for your encouragement as always - deeply appreciated. I wonder why our leaders don't represent the majority, especially after getting elected. Why are they beholden to few pressure groups? They just have to carry out the agenda having got a mandate based on them. The will of the people should give them sustenance to plod on to complete their term. That is the way democracy and freedom should work. In the land of the supposed largest democracy, India, people are on a wailing mode, especially the young. Sadly they have no gumption to enter the ring! They should realize it is their life, future, that is at stake and the change depends on them. Sadly even in democracy, there is the eternal slip between the cup and the lip! siva

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author avatar Yellow Flash
31st Jan 2013 (#)

I agree. I think at the end of the day, if change is to occur and when change does occur, it is not some 'higher up' that initiates it. It is someone obscure that starts a wave of fresh thinking. People need to change their indifference to evil as you said Siva. And that changed point of view needs to be passed down from generation to generation till it becomes prevalent. The way the world is headed, the perspective you hope for is fast becoming the minority.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Yellow Flash. Democracy does not translate into rule by the majority as a powerful minority dictates the agenda all the time. Hopefully, the change emanates soon from wherever and I agree it can come from someone in hitherto obscure corner. A spark could well start a wildfire, hopefully, of positive changes to make democracy and freedom truly meaningful - siva

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author avatar DuitByJames
27th Jan 2013 (#)

It Is, Time, for Change; with great thought and deliberation by the people. The few brave will push forward causing change. El Salvado is becoming to familiar. Great Post Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks James. We are short-changed by our elected leaders. They forget the agenda, platform, based on which they were elected to power and are held in an impasse by endless politicking. The majority wants results not theatrics - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
27th Jan 2013 (#)

When we cannot find ways or light of hope, the only consolation is may be we are not correct!
Thank you Siva ji for making my heart filling up again!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Karim for the comments. We always hope that we elected the right leaders but they all prove equally bad in the end! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
27th Jan 2013 (#)

The hour finds the leader and one can hope this willl happen. Excellent post

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Madan, I am an optimist and I do hope there is a real leader from this generation who can show the way. Now there is a cry in the wilderness everywhere - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
27th Jan 2013 (#)

Siva , you are wise and maybe you could help me in my understanding , as there seems to be a huge question mark here. The West can vote in who they like , and more or less say what they think . Yet, for many vast continents , they have no legitimate voice or platform to speak their minds, and have to put up with whoever is leading. Neither seems to have the answer to the rights and wrongs of this unfathomable subject , but I for one am still grateful that I live in the West.
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella for sharing your thoughts. Democracy and freedom of expression are now prevalent almost everywhere except in China few others like North Korea, Iran etc. I find in countries like India, few with money power and influence manage a hold on power whoever is elected. The majority poor can still air their views, even resort to violence, but cannot make much headway in their lives. In fact, people from poorer countries look to the West for guidance to make democracy and freedom meaningful for the vast masses. Unfortunately, the rich are becoming richer through unfair means - siva

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author avatar writestuff
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Excellent post. Democracy is still a young idea. There is indeed much work to do through out the world.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Democracy and freedom should also come with rule of law which is lacking in many countries, sadly - siva

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author avatar Retired
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Excellent as always, Sivaji. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you for the comments, Rama-ji. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Vartika
28th Jan 2013 (#)

There are good people around us, fit to lead us and represent us. But are they willing to enter a field considered nasty? Again, we need to look within for answers. If we think we can make a difference, we should try. If everyone does their bit, we would be living in a much better place. Basic sensitivity to people and places around us is missing. We need to do our duties and then ask for our rights. We tend to do just the opposite at all times. I used to be critical of everyone and everything around me but lately have tried to curb such thoughts because I feel I need to change myself to see the change in my environment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Vartika for a practical take to adjust to realities. But we too should be critical to get things right. My take is the vast majority is always short-changed for no fault of theirs. They do their duty by voting and expect change based on the promises made at the elections, but time and again the leaders prove equally bad or even worse! We can be above petty politics but I feel we should highlight the failures of the system to bring about change. The majority are followers and expect the leaders to do what is right but the few dictate terms whoever is in power through their money power and influence - siva

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author avatar Vartika
28th Jan 2013 (#)

I perfectly agree with you. My point is that we as good citizens of a still evolving economy and the largest democracy of the world, should learn to first do our duties and then ask for our rights...this is the only way, to my knowledge, that we can move towards civilized development. I also urge younger people with good education and intentions to take up politics. We need to weed out the old thought and bring in new perspective. Thanks for a wonderful share Mr. Siva. Regards

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Vartika again for your take. I have lived in few countries including India. In developing and poorer countries few take advantage because there is no rule of law. And democracy and freedom without rule of law is anarchy. People have to cry out in anguish like it happened over the Delhi rape case but the system is just not in place to deliver justice. This is not an isolated case and it just got wider publicity due to certain factors. We can abide by law but as you know many are elected who should not even be eligible to stand as candidates due to their criminal history. The younger generation have to take charge but sadly they have no gumption to step in. The issue is who will bell the cat. The educated feel out of place in this environment. I have voted when I was in India and I could do little else except to obey the law - siva.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Great read and so very expertly written my friend. I don't think it matters what country a person comes from. If the rich and powerful people allow you to have a vote or allow comments on how things could be done that is not democracy. If someone allows you to do something that is not freedom because it was not the individuals choice it is someone allowing you a choice. Which is a paradox not freedom.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Terry for an analysis that makes me sit and think! Frankly, democracy is becoming part of the problem too when few twist it to their advantage. They dictate the terms and the agenda whoever is in power. So what is the whole exercise of voting for in poorer and nascent democracies? People are emotional and the wily politicians are experts in manipulating the people to their advantage. And we have dynastic rule too in democracies! Ordinary citizens are just tools and led like donkeys. The right to vote does not mean democracy when manipulators hold the rein! But the solutions do not come easy when the terrain is hostile to decent souls! siva

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author avatar johnbee
29th Jan 2013 (#)

Soon to be over with. Believe it or not!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jan 2013 (#)

Hope things will turn out for the better. Thanks Johnbee - siva

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author avatar johnbee
29th Jan 2013 (#)

Aha again

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks for the revisit, Johnbee - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
29th Jan 2013 (#)

Here again Siva . I read once that , bad things happen when good people do nothing . I would even go as far as to say ,' bad things happen even when good people 'Do ' something , but if we sit back and let others take the initiative then we cannot complain if what they do turns out to be a shamble , or worse. It therefore behoves us to vote and speak out , even if it is only as a voice in the wilderness. However, from observation I have noted that humans, like herd beasts , like to give the appearance of being in control by voting in whoever shouts the loudest , or wears the brightest tie on the day , but then be quite happy to sit back and tell us what they would do better , were they in the top seat , when things don't go as they like ... Funny Old World ! and as another person said .' there's nothing as queer as Folks ! I agree.
Bless you Siva .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella for your revisit and your take on the reality of the world and human nature. We know it happens in the mighty USA too where it is not easy to pursue the agenda based on which one is voted to power once into office. It is almost like being cosy friends before marriage and facing the reality of life later! Majority wants to play by the rules and be left alone. Hurly-burly of politics is not his cup of tea. I try to pick out the lesser of evils from the list while casting my vote! I always wonder whether the mistakes are with us when the leaders are found to have feet of clay and dance to pressure groups. Can the greats of the past like Lincoln make a difference now? I doubt very much - siva

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author avatar Ms. Ann
29th Jan 2013 (#)

Siva, this is a great article that is full of wisdom. You may already know that this wisdom is resident in The Word but no matter how skillfully it is expressed by wonderful writers, such as yourself, the wicked and foolish will not listen. Some politician said on television the following-"Evil never sleeps therefore Good can never take a vacation."

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks Ms Ann for a lovely comment and quote. Maybe the good pretends to sleep to let the evil have a heyday! Taking advantage is human nature. When I look around one thing becomes clear - behind every big fortune there is a crime - there can be exceptions, of course. Sadly, politics has descended to a level where people are made to suffer. National interest have become subservient to selfish pursuits and such play has become par for the course! siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina for your support - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
29th Jan 2013 (#)

Good thought provoking article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you GVR for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
31st Jan 2013 (#)

I just had to come back again Siva , and say that I agree with your word ' play ' as having become par for the course.So often life seems like one great theatrics ,whereby those in power are directing the course of events , and producing Stars and Villains , to applaud or boo as the case may be . But, for my part , I am glad that ultimately there is One Higher to whom all will one day bow , and give account for all actions on this tiny Globe , and who will in due course receive His just reward. It may seem late for some , but better late than never , while for others , not a day to welcome , but it will come .
Bless you Siva .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella for your revisits and inputs Much appreciated and most welcome. I do believe we cannot get full justice in this world due to human short-coming. Few are more than equal everywhere! And all those punished are, in a way, unlucky as some big fish manage to go scot-free! We do our bit to fine-tune the system. Sadly, the majority are just tools in the hands of few whatever be the system as we can exercise the right to vote but little else! When we go by our conscience, our guide, we not only get sound sleep even on an empty stomach, but also blessings that we fail to acknowledge. But we should have done much more to make our world a better one - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Feb 2013 (#)

so many wonderful comments on this marvellous piece..yes change has to start in each one of us...thank you Siva...namaste

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina for such words of encouragement. I am also heartened to receive such comments that make my day and encourage me to share my thoughts with all dear ones. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Siva , the privilege is ours . I feel to share these words that I have just read with you as they seem applicable . I Quote ...We must refuse to sit around waiting for tomorrow's opportunities. Between the great things we can't do and the little things we won't do , the danger is that we'll do nothing . The world is blessed by those who do things, and not by those who merely talk about doing them . Would you agree that sounds like good sense ? It went on to tell of George Washington Carver who though born into slavery went on to invent over three hundred different inventions ,and went on to befriend three US Presidents. He DID something , and no doubt slept soundly at night as well.
Bless you Siva , and have a good day .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2013 (#)

You are indeed a dear, Stella, for such wholesome support and inputs. I share my thoughts and involve wholeheartedly but agreed my circle is rather limited. Everyone is born good - though some dispute this, I know - but along the way circumstances force some to change track. I have seen much hardships around me but those who suffer most prove to be the heroes. They carry on with life stoically. The greedy spoil the plot, besmirch the atmosphere, and leave a bad taste in the mouth. Nothing satisfies them. Our leaders are even held to ransom by them. My friend introduced me to a leading businessman who later remarked to my friend that if all are like me wars will be history! I do not know whether the world can work like that. I have seen little avatars of George Washington Carver in my life and I do wish I had some of his talents. My main point - even grouse - is even democracies fail to serve the majority. The evil works overtime! So we all have to work harder but then again to become a leader anywhere requires some thick skin! Thanks Stella - hope we aren't finished yet. Bring them on - as President Bush famously said! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Feb 2013 (#)

have to admit dear Siva that I am of the ilk that believes we are all born with a ' sin ' nature , and to illustrate that by using a baby as an example ...From the moment of birth it takes all our efforts to teach children how to behave , as most will adhere to the selfish side of life very quickly . I do believe though that as we grow we have choices that can lean towards good or evil , and the influences around us can colour our perspective as to which way we will lean. I agree with your businessman friend ,and his remark concerning you . I too would rather back down than start a war , and do good rather that harm another , but I have sought a Higher Source to help me through . Even though the majority do not agree to war , the actions of greed and violent leanings of a few hold sway , and when such people are in power , and then it forces the majority to step in to stop them .Forgive my babblings but I hope you understand what it is I am endeavouring to say ?
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella again for sharing your generous thoughts - appreciated. I believe in setting a good example as children are like sponge absorbing everything and imitating the behavior of others they see around them. But in the adult world, there is hypocrisy around and that is what makes the children confused. I read about a mother stopping at a " no stop" zone. Her child cried out that she cannot stop there. But she said it will take only a minute and there are no policeman around! Such behavior is against what we try to teach the children. Then I have seen few "successful" businessmen teaching their children the "short-cuts" in business to get ahead of the majority naive (law abiding!). I have also seen many behaving shamelessly around the super rich, dancing to their tunes! But they go before a fall soon enough despite hefty bank balances that prove as no solace when the vultures circle around even before their time! The old-fashioned " hard work" should be emphasized and followed diligently and also set limits to greed closer to needs! Oh, I am the one babbling away now! Thanks Stella again, you are ever welcome - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Feb 2013 (#)

please ignore the ' and then ' , as they are unnecessary. By the way I was referring to the likes of Hitler , and the wars that , had we stood by and let that madman continue the world would be a worse place to live in now.
Bless you Siva.
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

People like Hitler are still around waiting for the right moment! I worry if a spark will light a wild fire for them to cash-in! It is easy for them to manipulate the majority through emotional blackmail. And there are ever the few to dance to their tunes willingly. China remembers Mao for the right reasons - never again - but they will never say so! Thanks Stella again - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Oh dear , someones playing games again , please delete the extra copies of the comment above .
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

I was so happy to see many comments but I have deleted them as requested! siva

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

You're fascinating to read, siva-ji. Great comments too!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks dear Buzz, these make my day, any day! Namaste - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

Dear Siva , I couldn't resist another flying visit , as it must be .I have to say that because I believe in an Ultimate Power of an Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent God I see the way we are moving forward has a 'Predictable ' End . While at the same time we are not pawns as in a chess game , there are still great world matters that are unfolding that will come to pass whether we like it or not . However, I also believe mankind has the freewill to choose the right path on which to go forward , so as to make the road easier or at the least , better , for our fellow man , and that we are not alone in our endeavours , but have the help of unseen forces of good , or evil , in some peoples case, that are there , with God's loving help to see us through . For my part , I am compelled to pray for those in authority , so that we can all live as peaceful lives as will be allowed. I hope all this makes sense.
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

Wow, dear Stella, this is getting better than Wimbledon finals - going back and forth except that it is a friendly tete-a-tete! I am deeply indebted for your inputs that are awesome. My take is I should never go against my grain and I know what is right as the spark of creation - soul, mind, conscience - resides within us. We are guided by it but we choose to ignore it and pay the price through drifting in life. Subconsciously, I evaluate the motives of my action and if it is against others, I will never proceed. Whether I benefit does not matter but happy with just dues, even short-changing myself.

When the door closes on us here another should open - if nothing, so be it! But I do believe the real justice will be delivered in due course as ours here is not up to scratch. Many fall through the nets and some are punished for no fault of theirs - just being used as tools by scheming others. Despite the democratic systems falling in place, human failings prevent us to get leaders worth their grain. But we should do our best within the limitations. Thanks again Stella for embellishing my post with your wisdom - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

change begins with each individual...many question, and answers, thank you Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you, Delicia. Let the change that we make for the better spread like a wildfire before it is too late. We owe it to the vast majority yearning for better times and a fairer world - siva

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author avatar vellur
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

The innocent majority really suffers. After being elected they forget the true purpose of being a leader - for the people. A great write.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Vellur. You have put it succinctly. Democracy should benefit the majority and it is not for a minority to run away with the fruits of their labor - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

Coming back again dear Siva I feel to say , that not all who live as part of the vast majority with less material goods than those with great riches , live discontented with their lot . I have been to countries like Albania and Kosova and Jamaica and seen great deprivation , but have also seen those whose lives have been transformed just by the knowledge that there are those who would go to them and offer them the love and help to cover their needs and assist them to better themselves . Compared to them I am as a millionaire , not in financial gain , but in the riches of a giving heart which comes through gratitude because of all my God has lavished on me . I had the privilege of visiting women in prison as well , who were drug mules ( whereby they carried drugs in their stomachs and brought them to England , but were caught and imprisoned ) who complied to the Yardies threats just to feed their children . For many the risks were greater than the threat , and when they got through they were handsomely rewarded ,thereby making the risk factor less fearful. I wrote to the Home Office on their behalf , to no avail , because I felt the injustice was unfair when those in control got away Scot free. One day they will get their just desert. Our airport controls have screens now that detect the contents of stomachs , so that trade has lessened....but greedy people will find other ways of exploitation. Such is their devilish nature .
I rest my case .
Many blessings to you and yours my friend .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks again Stella for sharing much for the benefit of others. You are most welcome. I have lived in Asia all my life. I read in the papers how drug mules are caught and hanged. I also know the how the drug lords keep away from the arms of law through labyrinth networks having wheels within wheels. Those who are caught hardly knew what they were carrying even! Few hundred dollars made them close their eyes! Sadly, whenever I commented on the injustice, it did not see the light of the day! The kings of the game were and are still rolling in wealth and able to manipulate others through money power. Yes, as I say often, we need a higher court of law to dispense ultimate justice - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

In addition to the troubles I mentioned Siva in connection with the Drug mules , we ended up with 3000 women alone in our prisons at the cost to us of £33,000 per year to keep just one of them , and they had two to three year sentences each , and that did not include thousands more men . I pointed this out to the foreign office how ridiculous it was to punish the women , who had been too afraid and too poor to refuse the ofttimes violent threats that were against them . Thankfully the officials did bring in tighter regulations which closed the door to easy access into this country . But the evils of trafficking in lives and drugs is a heinous wickedness that only a Higher Court knows firstly of its extent world wide , and secondly the vast network of people involved ,and as someone once said . They don't walk around with pointed hats or three pronged forks in their hands either .
May God bless and protect you my friend
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella for your generous and valuable inputs. There are many vulnerable and naive anywhere to fall into the trap. For a pittance they are ready to carry a parcel little realizing the risks they take. This world proves cruel to them in the end for being so believing and trusting! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
4th Feb 2013 (#)

At last count Siva , 22 mules died when the bag of cocaine split in their bodies , leaving them to die a horrendous death from which there was no antidote . The perpetrators may think they have got away with it , and probably were angry at the loss of all the other drugs the mules carried which they could not get their hands on ,. But one thing is sure . They have blood on their hands which, unless repented of , they will answer for one day . A sorry tale for all concerned as there are no winners in this game

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Bless you ..Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks again Stella for your blessings that keeps me up and about - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2013 (#)

I know so many, who were given death sentences, were taken for a ride by wily veterans in the trade. The real culprits are far away counting their illegal, sin filled hoards. For me, it is plain bad karma that can even revisit generations down the line. I have a general take on life - the other person should benefit more than me, whoever, and whatever be the deal or relationship. And when I have zilch expectations, I am never unhappy - everything is a bonus in life. Even getting up and be up and about is a gift from God, Thanks Stella for giving me this opportunity to talk further - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

The fight between good and evil is timeless. Excellent post

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

And the good manages to keep the head above water but the evil is still alive below and, oftentimes, above the water! Thanks Madan - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
3rd Feb 2013 (#)

Siva , I have added a further comment above Madan G Singh.
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella, I have replied - siva

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author avatar johnbee
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Good write but is it without merit?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Johnbee, I do hope you like my post and the many comments - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Another message higher up .
Bless you Siva
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2013 (#)

I have read and replied. Thanks Stella for taking so much interest in my posts and the priceless value addition - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
4th Feb 2013 (#)

It is amazing Siva , but you and I talk of terrible crimes committed by ruthless people , who seemingly get away with their evil works ,but only today I read how an MP committed a driving offence ten years ago , for which his ex wife was in cohoots , and he now faces a possible prison sentence , and he feels he now has to resign his position ,because she wanted to hurt him . I hope she never does anything to deserve such justice . Not that I condone the initial wrongdoing , but in this case neither will sleep peacefully at night . Revenge is a very bitter pill , that can have terrible side effects . We all need the sweet peace of a clear conscience before God , and that comes by giving and receiving forgiveness. It may not be easy , but it is possible .
Peace to you my friend
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Feb 2013 (#)

In my life I have been the brunt of injustice, but who isn't? I forgive the perpetrators, some are no more, and I also try to forget but that proves rather tough as the hurt is too deep and festers inside! But few engage in running battles all their lives making their existence a misery! I have a simple take - they do their karma and I mine, and the final accounts will be settled at another court beyond reproach. Our justice system is porous and many fall through the net! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
5th Feb 2013 (#)

As my Lord said to another good man Siva. You are very close to the Kingdom of God . I am sure all people if they are honest have had some kind of injustice to bear in their lives , as have I , but as with you , I have forgiven those through whom the injustice came , and I also release them from my judgement . This in turn has completely released me from the inward infection that would have taken place had I not chosen to do so . I believe that many of the malady's of the world come from the unwillingness to forgive others.However , I pray that the memories will also heal for you , and that blessings will out weigh any injustice done to you . Life is too short , however long we live in this world to hold grievances against anyone
Bless you and yours .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks again Stella. for your kind and soothing words. I remember the good deeds - how to emulate them as they touch my heart with gratitude and the bad - how not to emulate them as they cause hurt. Some know not what they do. For example, I know a couple and they cannot but leave a bad taste in the mouth. They make doubly sure they have done so! Again, it is their karma accumulating with compound interest. I always wonder what for wars that cause only suffering and as a World War veteran reminisced - a piece of paper when the dust has settled down denoting peace after so many are killed, maimed or orphaned! Modern communication tools make it clear the vast majority yearns for peace but some incorrigible megalomaniacs manage to manipulate them - siva

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author avatar johnbee
5th Feb 2013 (#)

Hmmmm....Alright already. Good subject but.... Your motive is..?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Johnbee, please read the last line exhorting others too to join Wikinut. I hope my motive is clear enough - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
6th Feb 2013 (#)

If we didn't stand up to the megalomaniacs Siva , and by that I mean to go to war against them , this world would be one great dictatorship under the control of who know what devilish tyrant , and one step out of their line would be certain death for more millions than have died already in the attempt to stop them . We are told that in this world we will have troubles , but not to fear as the Lord has overcome the world , and has given us His peace . I am so thankful for that , as it enables me to sleep peacefully knowing he will take care of us .
I pray such peace over your life Siva , wherever you are
Bless you .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks again Stella for your comments. There are few evil- minded out to exploit even half-chances and they get emboldened by others willing to curry favors. Many get carried away when they are told they are super humans as happened even recently starting from Hitler to Pol Pot in Cambodia. In fact, Pol Pot boasted to Mao that he outdid the latter with a virulent strain of communism and peasant uprising that killed a quarter of his people. Now he is dead but those in cahoots with him, his stooges, protest innocence saying that they just carried out his orders rather than become his victims! Yes, the majority has to be ever on guard so that the evil do not carry the day. But once some get a toe-hold, they are like leeches sucking all our blood to leave us bleeding to death like Pol Pot did just thirty years ago! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
7th Feb 2013 (#)

I say this without reservations Siva. I wouldn't want to be in Pol Pot's or Hitler's or any other tyrant's place now who has died ,as they are reaping what they have sown with no let up day or night in utter torment . Something , they no doubt regret now , but it is too late to repent and make amends now for them .They were the Devil's advocates in their lifetime ,now they are in his grip for eternity . A fearful thought to ponder. I am so grateful it doesn't have to be that way for all humanity , as God made a way of escape for us with His Saving Grace.
I pray you have a blessed and a peaceful day Siva.
God bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks again Stella for your take, appreciated. The main issue in nascent democracies is the manipulators who drive up mediocre politicians to heights of power. They manipulate them to act without reason. I can say whoever comes to power are beholden to the few who call the tunes all the time. Though Hitler and Pol Pot got their just deserts, we still have few like Kim in North Korea who are really puppets of countries like China. Why should a homogeneous people, Koreans, live apart like the Germans did when it is so clear another country is pulling the strings, using them as puppets? If China stops propping up Kim in North Korea, he will come crashing down in no time! I feel Hitler and Pol Pot too were raised to stratospheric heights to lose human touch. The devil will be having a real tough time with them; I do not want to be in his shoes any day! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Feb 2013 (#)

I pray that you will never meet the devil in any form Siva, There is no love in any fibre of his being . It barely bares thinking of to be in a place devoid of and goodness or love , with only the sulphuric stench of evil to invade the senses for all eternity . A place to be avoided at all costs
May God keep you safe Siva .
Bless you Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella for your concern and prayers. We have to be ever aware, vigilant, as human mind can create havoc and there are few ready to dance to the evil. With weapons of mass destruction enough to destroy our enchanting world many times over, there are always some looking to bring down the whole house. My prayers are for the future to be better than the present and we owe that to our children. The good has to unite as one and, luckily, they are always in the majority, but maybe too trusting! When there is no love and trust, our life is as good as over - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
9th Feb 2013 (#)

It would be a fearful day for the whole world should one or more madmen decide to push the buttons of mass destruction , and there are some very unsavoury characters around who believe that they can be as god , and wield such power . May we always be prayerful against such evil , for the sake of all mankind.
Bless you this day my friend .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella for such thoughtful comments. I am deeply indebted. Some are out to get at society as they feel others have wronged them, forged ahead at their expense. But the truth is the majority are innocent bystanders who are inevitably caught in the crossfire. And with the ever more potent weapons, all are in danger including our planet. It is indeed a miracle it is reinventing itself to balance and meet our needs and even the greed. Time the majority realized time is running out and got their priorities right. Maybe, we are nearing the point of no return with unbridled greed combined with weapons that can kill remotely. This is not the way to live - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
9th Feb 2013 (#)

It is with respect that I have to say here Siva , that if God wasn't ultimately in control none of us might be here by now .We have a deadly adversary against us who would have annihilated us if he had been allowed to do so, but praise God , the enemy is a created being who cannot overstep the boundaries of God's permission.
I have to retire now as it is late , so goodnight and God be with you 'til we meet again .
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks again Stella for your views. My take is we have the good within us and also the propensity to become evil in thoughts and actions. How we control the latter decides our fate at least here and even later, wherever. It is easy to turn against society for whatever grouses we have, but we should do the right thing by going by the dictates of our conscience - the spark within each of us to follow the right path. We all know what is right from wrong but some try to take short-cuts for selfish reasons and they find it difficult to make a u-turn! siva

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author avatar johnbee
11th Feb 2013 (#)

Good way to say it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you for the appreciation, Johnbee - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
12th Feb 2013 (#)

We saw movements like the one for JanLokPal bill, and a few more which give hope. Yet, there are just a few selfish interests who are out to sabotage the path to a more enlightened and equitable democracy.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Ptrikha for your optimistic take. For democracy to blossom and for a brighter that the young long for, they have to step in to stem the rot and clear the cobwebs. Now India is ruled by people who are older than the grandparents of the young who sit by the sidelines! - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Feb 2013 (#)

You are wise my friend. I'm happy that I decided to follow you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. I like to share my life experiences and really touched that they are useful - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
12th Mar 2013 (#)

nice post

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you Rukmini for your comments - siva

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