Foundation for Coexistence: Hidden Agendas Thwart Peace Process

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Our perceived differences hold sway to prevent us from standing by the vast majority across all borders irrespective of their beliefs. Our leaders have to rise above frivolous and selfish political bias, hidden agendas, to address problems threatening to get out of hand.

Onward, Forward for Humanity

To start with the very basic - do we agree that we want peace and coexistence? Or we want to continue like now where each party seems to have an ax to grind, a secret agenda to outsmart one another. World leaders meet often with agendas that that give hope and hype but it is soon back to square one! It is one step forward and at least one back. Our leaders are under the scanner all the time for any show of weakness that are blown out of proportion. Why should one country lose if all gain by moving to another level of peaceful coexistence? I feel what is happening around the world is a challenge but give impetus for the vast majority to unite. If we still cannot read the writing on the wall then the imploding of human species will increase in intensity. If butchering of innocent does not spur us into action with major powers waiting for others to get hurt more it means our collective conscience is absent or cowering in the background allowing the evil to hold sway.

Beliefs Show the Right Way

What do we agree to start with? Does politics have such a hold that we are afraid to agree on anything? Do our beliefs make us blind to realities and basic justice? Do we forget to live the present life thinking of hereafter? I do not think it makes any sense to close our eyes to the injustice around us, to live a life enslaved by a minority out to intimidate the vast majority. All beliefs talk of doing our duty, to do justice to our mental ability to take care of ourselves, to find our own path for salvation. Jesus proclaimed “The Kingdom of God Is Within You”. Islam has similar pointers regarding individual responsibility – “the process of establishing an upright society begins with the individual. Once the individual attains the quality of righteousness, the family will undoubtedly follow suit, which eventually affects the society as a whole. Everyone is responsible for his role in this unifying effort. And each person must act in accordance to his position”. Hinduism too underlines the need for coexistence, to recognize that our peace is very much connected to everything around us. An important question we can ask ourselves is "how are my speech and actions affecting the peace of the overall environment around me?"

Brinkmanship

All faiths, including non-believers too, do not want to rock the boat. The inner knowing prompts us life has to be lived in its entirety. If we disturb the natural order we go against the creative process and may have to wait to be admitted back into the whole scheme of things! So over and above how our beliefs guide us there is the humanity and creation that we are part of though we can take own paths. How aware are our leaders to this basic truth or do they get carried away by political bickering, narrow country interests that only serve to divide us. It looks alike our present ways are cast in stone for the good to unite even to save our skin! Of course, when the push comes to the shove we gather under one umbrella like we did after the world wars! Or when we have to unite to save our planet from outside forces!

Our Agenda

Now it is more like one drama after another when world leaders meet. It is more to score points than agree on substantive matters to lift humanity to another level or at least keep the evil forces at bay to start with. Let us start with few basics that should lead us to another level:

Identify the issues: We always have our tails on fire threatening to engulf us. Now our reactions are more like when the” boy who cried wolf”! When our leaders fail to heed the warning signs, do what is needed, the evil forces gain in strength. It is time to react to danger signals as one and to identify the evil among us to nip them in the bud.

Work on the Basics: We should be aware of the basics to reinvent meaning in our lives. When we lose hope then we react to reality in self-destructive ways and that is a tough legacy we leave behind; picking up the pieces later will be a challenge and a burden to those waiting to receive the baton.

Think of Common People, Our Planet: The aspirations of the common people who are the vast majority should be the guiding reality. After all their needs are basic - food, shelter and peaceful coexistence. These unite them across the world irrespective of allegiance to different faiths. Our planet fights to keep us alive – can we not be supportive by playing our role as co-creators?

Bridge the Trust Deficit: We should implore our leaders not to play self-serving politics. When the common denominator is the interest of ordinary citizens our leaders are just the tools to serve their interests. In fact, there is no leadership halo involved when the heart of common folks speaks and sets the agenda!

Fighting Over Beliefs: When we have met the basics then idle mind is a devil’s workshop syndrome comes to the fore – we fight over beliefs that will doom us and there is no referee to judge the winner!

The Good will Prevail: All is not doom and gloom as the good deeds will always touch our hearts. Today this news spread like wildfire - Mark Zuckerberg announcing that he's giving away 99% of his Facebook shares valued at $45 billion to charity during his lifetime; yes, when alive!

Freedom at Peril

Our world is in increasing turmoil due to hidden agenda clouding out the basics that are brought to the table at regular international meetings of our leaders. Their selfish interests carry the day to defeat the process before it is even begun! What we have to agree should be uppermost and others are mere details. The majority will of the common people across the world should give impetus to the decision making process. Country borders are irrelevant when it comes to the matter of our survival; in fact, they prove a hindrance for our coexistence and sadly also beliefs that are cast in stone! Our leaders are elected to lead us without personal bias and not to be led by hidden agendas. We should not miss the forest for the trees as our chances of survival are under increasing threat and the negative forces of duality in progress seems to assert more and more. We need to move up a notch in awareness and consciousness so that the evil do not carry the day and make a mockery of freedom that our forefathers sacrificed their lives for.


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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Very well said, Siva, as always. There is this split in the human brain and soul between conflict and peace.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks LR. With weapons of mass destruction finding their way into "wrong hands" even one person can "bring the house down"!

I feel that more and more people are losing their bearings and know not what they do - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Mark for the moderation and star merit, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Retired
4th Dec 2015 (#)

To demonstrate what the 99% really want, read Doug Miller's book "Can the World be Wrong?" which has just been publishd.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Christopher, I will check this out as I feel 99% is taken for a ride just because they want to be left alone.

I connect this attitude with when thousands of wilder-beasts take to their heels when few lions chase them - siva

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author avatar Retired
4th Dec 2015 (#)

You make some excellent points. The danger we face seems to be that of imagining that there is only one answer - I have it - and you'd all better follow my lead or else!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks John, It is "my way or the highway" that scores in the end - democracy and freedom notwithstanding! That applies to our beliefs too and the irony is those without any just leave others in peace!

Intoxication arising from beliefs leads to intolerance - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Nice post Siva. The problem is that man is a violent animal and hence history is war and war.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan. Increasingly it is becoming clear that we can self-destruct before outside forces take their course in the creative process of rejuvenation. I believe our species too come with an expiry date.

It is time to move up a notch in self awareness, coexistence, by doing a reality check though our ego and hubris have to be overcome first! siva

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author avatar Retired
5th Dec 2015 (#)

SO true, Madan!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for your comments Jessica - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Siva, I had the strangest feeling as I was reading your article. It was deja vu as if I had read the article before word for word. I get that every now and then but never before with the articles I read. I have no idea why. Thanks for sharing your excellent article. If only we could all get along. Congratulations on the shiny gold star at the top of your page.

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author avatar brendamarie
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Siva, what an amazing article, you have an amazing way of putting thing and bring up points people don't like to look at.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Brendamarie, your comments resonate with the way I share - from the heart.

I feel fulfilled that I spread message of peace in my own limited way and reach - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Nancy, I am reminded of Phyl Cambell's comment - my posts are like the sands on the beach but on minute examination each is different!

I like to share what is within me, sort of a lament, to see the light of the day and feel grateful and gratified that there are kind souls like you to appreciate and encourage me.

I worry that we are going to miss the boat that is waiting for us, embellished with love, due to our present ways of intolerance despite the plaintive cry of the 99% for peace and coexistence - siva

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author avatar spirited
5th Dec 2015 (#)

"If we disturb the natural order we go against the creative process and may have to wait to be admitted back into the whole scheme of things! So over and above how our beliefs guide us there is the humanity and creation that we are part of though we can take own paths." siva

This seems to contain a contradiction in it somewhere to me.

If we are a part of the natural order, how could we ever disturb it, unless we aren't a part of it, at one and the same time too?

The natural order cannot be altered or changed. It continually marches on, following only its own pattern and make-up, at all times.

On the other hand, as you pointed out here siva, the natural order is comprised of many different parts, all contributing their own role in its role, and so there is an underlying paradox going on here as well.

Natural orders are only as natural as its participants agree to be natural.

When mankind steps away from being his natural part in this order, the natural order will eventually close him out and shut him down in a way, and finally he will be forced to change, and to go back to his natural place, within the natural order, because an unnatural place is always unstable, and it never can last forever.

That’s just my own thinking on this siva. Your interesting article is very stimulative to our thinking.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Spirited, the thrust of my message was we are one species capable of more than self-destruction to the extent of going against the creative process itself, sort of enemy within! The damage we cause overall is beside the point.

The process of going against is the issue, not the damage we cause to the cosmos; and the awareness of taking such a path. We know what is the natural order to sustain and nurture life, but few are itching for acts of mass annihilation of those who don't toe their line mainly in terms of beliefs.

When we act against the creative process that nurtures life - like dropping hydrogen bombs to snuff out all life and thereby create an unlivable planet then we are acting against nature and the creative process itself; some are waiting to get possession of them - those who now spray bullets from machine guns and even use passenger planes as missiles!

We are basically co-creators a notch above other species who mind their own business but don't kill others let alone their own. They seem to enjoy life in their own way and even are grateful for being alive.

We want more comforts and hand-holding to survive and make increasing demands on resources. We are in a way capable of disturbing the natural order on this planet more and more unlike our forefathers who had weapons mostly to defend themselves from our own and other species.

There seems to be some after life and we cannot pretend that we are innocent of what we do. The comeuppance can happen not only while on this planet; the whole universe, cosmos, whatever, will leave us hanging somewhere out of bounds for us to serve our time till we cleanse ourselves to get back into "society"!

Thanks Spirited, what I had in my mind was - just don't take things for granted - there is always a price to pay as "nature" will take its own course - one cannot get away with "murder" though few do so due to our porous justice systems here!

There is also the law of karma of collective humanity that we are part of and we are duty bound to act when the going is against the natural order.

What is right can be contentious, but are we not born with an inner knowing? I wanted to drive home my message loud and clear that it is time to pause and ponder; we are imploding as a species and there will be no winner in the end but in the creative process there will be just a blip; it will realign itself despite the hiccup. But we may just look back wistfully - could we have not done much better; what a waste being an ungrateful species full of deceit and hypocrisy! siva

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author avatar spirited
5th Dec 2015 (#)

That's spelling it descriptively out siva.

Thanks for adding that extra clarification.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2015 (#)

It is my pleasure Spirited, thanks also for giving me the opportunity to make my stand clearer.

I feel we are fast running out of time as the destructive forces are gaining ground - siva

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author avatar Retired
5th Dec 2015 (#)

As Lewis Adler has said on a few occasions: we as a species are a blight on the planet. I'd like to add my two cents worth: we have become a cancer.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Dec 2015 (#)

I agree Christopher - the sad part is every religion, belief, is supposed to stand for peace but then, why the intolerance?

If we are comfortable with the path we take we should be alright - then why go after others as they exercise a similar choice?

We seem to be losing meaning in our lives at least a minority bent upon spreading the cancer of hatred.

I am reminded of a boon offered - whatever he gets his adversary will get double and then he offered to lose one eye! That is the inexorable path we seem to take now - siva

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author avatar Retired
5th Dec 2015 (#)

This is the best post as far as I have read.
The overall problem is associated with the duffer judgement and corruption of the leaders. They have always made people hate each other, either on the basis of cast, religion, language or nation.
The problem between Pakistan and India can easily be solve if the leaders want.
This will save huge revenue which is wasted in the form of defense.
They don't know how horrific the outcomes could be if nuclear war occurs between them.
On the other side, Palestinian and Israelities issues remain the same.
What is happening in middle east?
Today's human is the wildest evolution so far in the recorded history which is more barbaric than Mongols or others.
The jealousy doesn't end here.
I have so many jealous relatives who always talk non-sense.
NASA has to give us a favor if everything fails. Arrange a separate planet for all innocent people who have nothing to do with all these.
Euthopian and Somalian are suffering and dying for food.
You will have a clear idea if you see all the readers sitting on the table and eating and smiling as nothing has been done. They deserve to be kicked out and allow the people among the masses to take the higher authorities.
Today's human being is very dangerous.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Peacelover for the motivation. You would have noticed how much I love peace from my posts; in fact, I want the world to move to a higher level of consciousness; alas, I have only this platform for now!

The vast majority are used as tools by wily politicians who make politics the most rewarding profession in terms of money thereby keeping away those who want to serve and uplift society.

When I was young I wanted to serve society by becoming a government “servant”. In fact, I became one when I started my career but I found myself in a pool of selfishness and greed where people took their jobs as way to become rich fast than do their duty!

I feel leaders in both India and Pakistan know what to do but thrive in hatred despite people having a similar culture; few have succeeded in sowing discord. The fact is politicians do not want peace though the vast majority will benefit by that process.

When we are alive to the basics then we will live as one. We are human species with similar yearnings but the selfishness and greed of a wily few set the agenda.

We should take cue from others who live in good neighborly relations like US and Canada, Australia and New Zealand etc. But few manage to have their way making the common people fight for any reason or no reason too. We are used as tools, led like sheep; we should prove we are not.

Who is our enemy? For me I have none. I have seen even siblings fighting all their lives, for any reason; the matter is they do not want to live amicably. Petty jealousies are enough. I set an example by how I live – change what I can for the better and accept those I can’t. The issues in different places should be resolved on the basis of give and take but the problem is one party expecting the other to give for them to gain all the time.

The way forward is to stop the spread of armaments and move towards disarmament but our leaders play politics to thwart any peace process.The sad fact is - whoever we elect to power the boss remains the same!

Like there is no virtue in being very rich surrounded by the very poor, having nuclear warheads is no badge of honor when the majority are “dirt” poor! siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this another great article ~ Siva. I like what you said:

"Our world is in increasing turmoil due to hidden agenda clouding out the basics that are brought to the table at regular international meetings of our leaders. Their selfish interests carry the day to defeat the process before it is even begun!"

What a shame. So much hatred out there.

Blessings to you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Helen for your support.

The majority voice is silenced by few who shout hatred from the rooftops thereby misleading and stopping our leaders on their tracks.

Bullying is not confined to schools; even our elected leaders are victims as they are human too! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Good share as usual Siva. I often think that we would be better off without any religion as it causes so much fighting and killing. No doubt, there were good ideas in the beginning but all has been distorted by it's followers. Christ is called the Prince of Peace yet millions have been killed in his name down through the centuries. We do not need religion to be good citizens of the planet. Since religions refuse to accept each other and live in peace, perhaps we should work towards a world were there is no religion. We can do this through education to stop the brainwashing of children. We would have world peace in a couple of generations. Something for all of us to think about. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Yes Kingwell, beliefs make few emboldened that their Gods will take responsibility if they terrorize others in His name!

How silly of us to think we have many Gods when we share the same nature that is given free including the air we breathe. When emotions take over we do not know where to stop.

We should have an eclectic approach to gain wisdom that is not confined to one faith - sort of come out of blind beliefs. How we are useful to society around us should matter than following rituals more for the consumption of others.

When children get used to our hypocritical ways our next generation becomes cynical and this process has gone ad nauseam.

We are all divine provided we heed the inner voice - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2015 (#)

So true Siva my friend and you put it so well. Yes, we are all divine - connected with all that is in a way we have not yet come to understand. I am thankful that we are living in a time when two people living in such different parts of the world can connect and share our thoughts. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Yes Kingwell, we have to leave a positive footprint by being useful to society around us. When we realize the divinity in us, our path becomes automatic.

When we are grateful for all the blessings and incorporate them in our thinking and action then our lives will get deeper meaning.

I never forget the benevolent nature; how nurturing are its ways but we tend to take those for granted.

I have lived in Asia all my life and how we feel connected has divine implications, connotations, and underlines the oneness of humanity, even creation itself.

I feel we will all meet in another sphere to carry on our journey as nothing is wasted in the creative process; there are many dimensions that we are not aware of - siva

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author avatar Susan Hauck
7th Dec 2015 (#)

This was an awesome share, Siva! I read books that are diverse in nature and I know good writing when I see it, or rather, read it. It flowed liked a brook in spring! Congrats on your gold star. You deserve it!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Susan , such kind and generous words encourage me no end.

I try to put my best foot forward and am conscious not to waste others' time - siva

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author avatar vellur
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Great write Siva, as always but with the recent changes I do not know if I will be able to read your posts or the posts of other writers who I have been following up till now.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Vellur for your support as always.

I am not aware of any changes that you have mentioned. I do hope you will continue here so that I can also read yours and I really look forward to them - siva

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author avatar vellur
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Wishing you a Very Happy New Year!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Vellur- wish you too and family my best wishes for a Very Happy New Year and years to come - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
11th Dec 2015 (#)

There are positives in the world too, and not everything is bad, though Wikinut going non-paying is a bit bad :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Dec 2015 (#)

I just read the notification and feel some payment is needed as a motivation.

I have responded with my suggestions too to keep this quality site alive by trying to improve on ad revenue.

Hope we can still enjoy the camaraderie in future; thanks Ptrikha - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
12th Dec 2015 (#)

Interesting share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for your support Randhir, waiting to read yours - siva

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author avatar Subra
17th Dec 2015 (#)

Dear Siva, Peaceful coexistence with others depends on a deep level of self-transformation where I develop the power to change the quality of my thoughts and feelings as well. This is the power of accommodation and self-transformation in action, and possesses the potential to stop negative energy exchanges with the other person - thereby peaceful coexistence results.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for your wise input.

Major powers are unwilling to bury their hatchet thus enslaved by preconceived hidden agenda while tackling issues of the day that cry for attention. It is always one step forward and another back. The sufferers are the common folks everywhere due to the intransigence of few.

And then the weapons proliferation casts its long shadow sort of the boss remains the same whoever we elect to power.

We are still mired in a cesspool of our creation despite nature giving us new slate, dawn, everyday.

Those who matter seems to have huge individual egos too with an attitude - off with his head as if some lives do not matter at all. It is an endless fight to get even - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Apr 2017 (#)

i miss you and my friends on wikinut..what a great family we were..light love and blessings to you all.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2017 (#)

Yes dear Carolina, we had such a lovely camaraderie here but it is water under the bridge much sooner than I had imagined. Talk of "life time earnings"!

I see now many old comments with just "retired" instead of their names. I click my replies occasionally to remember them and the good times we had! siva

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