Fair Rewards: Elixir for Happiness and Contentment

Sivaramakrishnan AStarred Page By Sivaramakrishnan A, 17th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We don't have a just society anywhere. Those who bend the rules get way with their viles while the vast majority are short-changed when it comes to rewards for honest endeavours. An inclusive society is the elixir for peace and contentment.

Pursuit of wrong summits

Whether we are making progress or not, one gets a feeling our lives remain unfulfilled. Many reach summits with great sacrifices but soon realize they have ascended the wrong ones, or the price paid has not been worth the achievement. As the realization dawns too late, they just rue the path travelled ending up with sycophants. The well meaning would have left them much earlier having been ignored!

Honesty not rewarded

Most countries have reached the summit of political systems - liberal democracy, but has it rewarded us? Few have made the rich lists but, sadly, at the cost of common citizens. Many are losing their hopes when they see declining quality to their lives not of their making. Even in supposed communist countries, the state of affairs is not different. The laws need not be broken but prove pliable and malleable to those willing to go the extra distance. Those who adhere to rules and regulations are left high and dry. This is no way to build a cohesive society.

Overwhelming Greed

How to meaningfully reward everyone? It should start with assuring a decent life to those willing to play fair and square and by controlling those who go overboard. The financial imbroglio is the result of excesses indulged in by few but the consequences have landed on all and sundry, like after a volcanic eruption that spares none. Plain and simple – some are getting away with murder!

Even now, we can see our systems feeding the greedy. The banks were doing fine when they borrowed funds and lent to legitimate and sound business. But financial engineering and gearing resulted in stoking the fires of greed. I remember the days when the banks took deposits and lent within norms that assured decent returns with minimal risk. Foreign exchange was only for legitimate international dealings, business and travel. The gyrations in exchange rates were minimal. And needless speculation was just not on!

The right path

It is crystal clear we have to stick to basics to bring back sanity with less of excitement in areas that are sure to fail! Those who improve the quality of our lives have to be rewarded and not those who make money out of thin air leaving the common man to pick up the pieces. Are we not playing with the lives of innocents thereby?

We still have miles to go in finding new technologies that assure sustained progress. Renewable energy is one area that can diffuse rewards as solar energy can be tapped from some of the poorest regions of our planet. The polluting fossil fuels can be got rid of. The more sharing the spoils, the merrier – that is how true reward works - share and care!

We have to develop societies through collective efforts and not few sitting in ivory towers, divorced from reality at the ground level. The young are getting accustomed to an unreal world – passing on debt to the future – and soon we will hit a dead end as we kick the ball down the street.

Short-term goals: Long term disaster

Many experts are making the right noise, but our leaders are influenced by their cronies that things will work out in the end through sheer magic! Why bother and sully their names while still in power – that could well be deciding their actions. But are we not tying ourselves into tighter knots with each passing day with the price paid by the poorest of the poor as the noose tighten around their necks? They have limited leeway as they are at the end of their tether!

Fair rewards, the ultimate Elixir!

Are we moving towards a just, equitable and sustainable society? Or careening towards a precipice without control? We still have time to get a grip over our fate. The signs through daily news headlines are getting the message across. It is not a sitcom but harsh reality staring at the face of the vast majority. The need of the hour is facing up to the challenges that are brought upon us by us only! A rewarding life for all through sustainable means should be our goal. An inclusive society will prove the ultimate elixir leading to peace and contentment.

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author avatar akram saqib
17th Aug 2012 (#)

It is all about truth and only truth

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Akram. When everyone has a real stake in society, that feeling will change our landscapes - even bring heaven on earth! siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Aug 2012 (#)

Your posts are always so clear, so full of common sense and wisdom. Thank you Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve for your compliments and also for awarding the star. I take care to see that they make sense; it is plain courtesy to readers! Once posted it is not easy to take back just like words once out of our mouths! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Aug 2012 (#)

so true what you write Siva as always...thank you...I do ditto Steve...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Carolina for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Nice points highlighted

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Madan for your comments - siva

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author avatar A K Rao
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Very nice and thought provoking! Small examples quoted in the article make the picture very clear about the existing situation and I agree with your concluding paragraph which is the crux of the article dear Siva sir! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Your visit and comments are indeed appreciated, dear Rao - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Siva,
Since I have known you for some time I am taking the liberty of taking the role of a critic. Here, are a few points that merit your consideration.
Mind you this is constructive criticism.
I appreciate your concern for inclusive growth,but the arguments didn't flow smoothly.
2. There is some confusion- eg,or the price paid has not been worth the achievement.- I think you meant it other way around.
3.by controlling those who go overboard.-What do you mean by this? It's not clear.
4.like after a volcanic eruption that spares none. -like is a preposition and is followed by an object. Like the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. none- should be no one.
5.few sitting in ivory towers, divorced from reality at the ground level. all that followed after ivory towers is redundant as it is part of the meaning of ivory towers.
poorest of the poor-unnecessary hyperbole.
They have limited leeway as they are at the end of their tether! -what is the need for this and what did you want to convey?
Take it in a right spirit as you have the potential to be a good writer.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks indeed dear GVR for turning a critic; you are welcome in any role! I like to respond to the points raised:
1. I take pains to stick with the topic and I feel that I have made my points clear with cohesive arguments.
2. I feel it amounts to the same taken as a whole. I find few who make single-minded pursuit of their goals - mostly to get richer - ignoring all others including family. They end-up - operation successful but patient dead! They have no well-meaning supporters around them to keep company when it matters most - even their families leaving them to them to their devises!
3. My point is clear - most stick to rules while few bend and even break them. The latter have to be put in place!
4. I take it as having the same meaning.
5. I drive home my points as clearly as possible for benefit of readers from various backgrounds. And, poorest of the poor is a common expression.
End of the tether is another common expression - meaning they are at the end of their wits - to survive.

GVR, ss I have remarked in my response to Steve Kinsman, I take pains to make my points clear and believe I succeed to a great extent. I encourage as many as possible and share my views mainly empathizing with the lot of the majority.
I do welcome your views GVR, but mine is more an effort to interact. I always take life positively as my posts reveal and your comments are valued - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
19th Aug 2012 (#)

My dear Siva,
First myappreciation for not taking offinse at my comments. Way to go for a writer. Writers should go for feedback which is positive and take whatever suits them.
Secondly, my comments have started an interaction between the writer and reader. Hitherto, all comments I have read are just words of praise.
Thirdly, one of us right.It could be you,but I suggest we go to an arbitrator or the moderator himself. This is not to vindicate myself but to get you a second opinion.
Remember if you were not a good writer and friend, I would not have spent this time.
(It's unfair to presume I didn't know what the end of tether meant.)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks again, GVR. Everyone is entitled to own opinion and I will be the last to take offense. I write what comes to my mind and in my own style. But as I said, I take care to make my posts as clear and relevant as I can.

I do not want to take this further as I see no point. The moderators have too much in their hands and they will be hard-pressed for going into this issue. You can very well see posts from so many that are more challenging than mine! Since you had asked a had specific query regarding end of the tether, I had to respond and expalin the context. No offense meant at all. Thanks again, dear GVR - siva

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author avatar Nitul anand
19th Aug 2012 (#)

your arguments are definitely valuable...
thanks for sharing...!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you Nitul. These are my life experiences - mostly from hard knocks suffered - that I love to share - siva

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author avatar AllSynergy
19th Aug 2012 (#)

It's quite clear you are trying to help people. So many articles which are well thought and written. I hope all the good for you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Allsynergy for your support. Why don't you join and become a regular contributor? siva

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author avatar Subra
21st Aug 2012 (#)

A very interesting topic Siva which can generate debate in many areas of your post. Suffice it to say what you say is very true but in reality how is it going to be achieved? Societies all over the world talk about inclusive society that is just, equitable and sustainable but how do you achieve it! No doubt there is greed and dishonesty everywhere and this is a very unfair world that we live in. Of course there are also good people everywhere and they are endeavouring to improve things. But a lot of it is up to us - the important thing for all of us to realise is that we should improve ourselves first before we can try to reform society. As they say, charity begins at home! Singapore with all its good and clean governance is trying its utmost to create an inclusive society but as you know it has not been easy. Anyway your topic really gives food for thought. Thanks once again for allowing me to pick my brains Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Subra for your detailed take. I feel one should not get billions as rewards. It is just not on. The Gini ratio should not be so much; many struggling to make ends meet while for few, the sky is the limit! Nine should not be made to work their hearts out so that one can live it up!

If all are assured decent rewards, then it will go a long way to make for an inclusive society. Greed should be curbed and those who indulge in it unabashedly should be exposed. Laws are there everywhere to curb greed but few play around them. Gandhi's words ring ever true - we have everything to meet our needs but not the greed! Agreed, it is like everyone complains about the weather bot no one does anything about it. But greed can be tackled as everyone knows it is bad for society's health, so temptation should be curbed though carrot and stick!

When greed does not pay, an inclusive society will dawn on us! siva

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author avatar Subra
21st Aug 2012 (#)

By the way Siva congrats for achieving a Star once again! Your articles are always worthy of healthy debate and discussion. As they say knowledge must be shared and you are providing a yeoman service to society with your thoughts, no matter how provocative they could be! Keep it up Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Aug 2012 (#)

Though my topics may be run of the mill, I feel we can keep them in the public eye and try to bring the excesses under control. It is better than sweeping them under the carpet or treat them as beyond repair. Society is unhappy mainly because the reward system is skewed favoring the wealthy. Thanks for such praise dear Subra, and I feel encouraged by your words - siva

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author avatar Christine Crowley
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Wonderful article, Siva. Very thought-provoking.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Christine for your comments - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Well in line with virtue and truth. Thanks for sharing once again Siva ji.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

We stray from the path of virtue and truth and pay the price in terms of creating friction and division in society. Thanks Karim for your comments - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
30th Aug 2012 (#)

When I hear the word 'division' my heart stops for a while- I still remorse the division of Bengal! I simply hate the breaking up of Great India.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Karim. We think alike! I am color, race, even gender blind. I see your countrymen here in Singapore and reel out your cricketers names to become one with them! I cannot speak their language I cherish one religion - the welfare and progress of mankind and fellow species. Nature bends over backwards to reinvent itself to keep us alive but we try to see division in others. My fervent plea is - as none has seen God, why fight in His name? Let our Gods settle their differences, if any, in the best way they know!!!

Few can create another world war to end life or create massive misery. In fact, borders should be porous and loose, if at all. An astronaut saw from up in space - just one beautiful globe and without boundaries. And when we leave, we become one again! siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Many ideas, and hopes, thank you Siva...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks again Delicia for such lovely words - siva

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author avatar Retired
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Good to see you so active here, Sivaji - adn bravo on your star for thie fine article. Namaste- rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Rama-ji. I get my reward through sharing my thoughts, experiences. Thanks again. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Retired
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

Yes, I know! It's wonderful. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks again for your re-visit, Rama-ji. Spreading my thoughts and getting response - what more do I want? Yes, add monetary ones - that will be the icing on the cake! Namaste - siva

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