From One Generation to Next

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The world is our oyster for all practical purposes in a modern world but politics keeps us divided. I am astonished by the friendships that are formed across all borders testifying to the oneness that binds humanity but few manage to keep old wounds festering where none exists among the vast majority.

Lessons from History

Each generation passes the baton to the next almost in seamless fashion. Our forefathers fought the good fight for what they believed to be for just causes and paid the price. What else can we do than carry on and build further to strengthen the edifice of creation. We have the benefit with hindsight to analyse from every angle the past, but we could well fall short in terms of emotions involved of those times. Many perished more due to man’s inhumanity to man that shows no respite. It looks like we do not learn lessons from history from the way it is being repeated. In a way it is good that the Second World War happened when it did. If it happens now then it could be a nuclear holocaust; please do not misunderstand I am in any way thanking Hitler! I read an interesting piece how our world would have been different if baby Hitler was strangled in his crib in 1889 and the author opined that it would have been the right thing to do! But then the hard lessons would not have been learned! Maybe, there is a method in the madness!

Lose Battle to Win War for Peace

The main weakness of humanity is we repeat the same mistakes of the past. When countries move up in the power equation, they act differently, sort of flex their muscles. China feels like an elephant – why not cut America to size while the latter tries to curb the former’s rise. Who is right but then it depends on the referee, but there is none! I am one who looks at the facts and not at those involved. If I am in the wrong then I will get no sympathy from me. Rather I will pay the penalty and get it over with. Then I travel with a lighter load looking ahead. However, among countries it is more of leaders not wanting to look a weakling and what better way than go for adventures outside their shores. If a leader strikes a compromise in a way like losing a battle with a view to winning the war – I mean for global peace – then how will their people and history judge them?

Change from Within

It looks like we are in a vicious circle with leaders trapped within them. Sometimes I wonder whether we can achieve peace with few needling leaders to prove themselves – there are injustices aplenty why not show the might. Is peace so boring? I take a view when outside forces interfere it weakens the resolve of the persons at the receiving end of injustice. In fact, those who interfere become the common enemy. The real change has to come from within. It should be the vast majority asserting to subjugate and punish a despotic minority. I have a feeling Hitler would not have got such support within had he not succeeded in painting others as enemies. But I leave that to historians and go with their word, if they agree!

One World for Humanity but Many for Politics

We move at breakneck speed when it comes to technology. What is the rage today is like yesterday’s newspaper today, past its date! But some things do not change – our attitude especially the negative side to it. We tend to see others as not up to scratch while refusing to take a hard look at ourselves. Then even like-minded people do not cooperate letting those out for trouble off the hook. So our troubles are passed on from one generation to the next while we discard those that still work but take as dated! No wonder we are trapped in a vicious cycle of negativity, suspicion and rancour; what an irony when the vast majority finds only goodness in others, sans borders. It is a one world for business but in terms of politics we get divided.

Dismantle Created Walls of Division

How can we synchronize politics with our inner thoughts, awareness, with the one world that we take for granted in terms of business, tourism etc.? Are we not welcomed by common people everywhere? Where is the hatred in Vietnam and even in China when Americans visit them? Are the common people in any way different anywhere as everyone craves for peace and coexistence? We have bridged the gap in terms of time needed for travel but the past ways and wounds are kept festering in politics mostly for domestic consumption. When we think we cannot change then we will never. If we think we want to change for the better then things start to fall in place. I hope with one world concept that is a fact of modern world in terms of technology and business the common citizens will rise as one to dismantle the last bastion of division. The walls are in our minds only – when David Copperfield can walk through the Great Wall of China, why we have imaginary walls where nothing exists! Time for change, the past is truly past, lessons learned, dues settled. We receive the baton and charge ahead and not get weighed down forever by the past.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Mark for the quick moderation and star merit, appreciated - siva

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author avatar pramalkumarsamanta
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks for nice thought provoking article. Time has come for us to decide which one is right and which one is wrong , to achieve global peace. in this frail world.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you, Pramalkumarsamanta. We tell our children not to repeat the mistakes but in the adult world it is hardly practiced especially in politics.

It is time to close armament factories and then our vision will be clearer.

Our leaders should stop acting but become agents of change for the better. They should not forget their agenda expounded at the elections based on which they were elected - siva

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author avatar Retired
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Great post, Siva. The quintessence of politics since time immemorial remains unchanged- the "divide and rule" policy. And that's the saddest part and as obvious, the greatest stumbling block to global unification.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Joyesh, in many countries it is still the rule of the gerontocracy.

It is time for the younger generation to step in and chart out the future course; they have less of baggage from the past - siva

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author avatar Retired
14th Jun 2015 (#)

And the old, sick politicians name this baggage as "tradition," "heritage" and whatnot. Real shame...they use these pseudo-excuses to fulfill their lust for power.

As you rightly said, it's time for the youths to step into politics but then "politics" is viewed as the nastiest of profession by most.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes Joyesh, we have some who are past ninety still calling the shots, spreading poison among innocent minds, and corrupting them in every way.

We have a "Clean Ganga" project but our politicians have created a much worse, polluted, cesspool of mindset that has to be cleaned first to save country. We need to start afresh with a positive mindset - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th Jun 2015 (#)

I agree. And there are some who find raising issues for their selfish interesrs and denying constructive activities as their main profession. Unfortunately, their so called 'Vote banks" rarely benefit beyond a few bottles of alcohol and a few greenbacks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes Ptrikha. The agenda based on which the elections were fought and decided are soon forgotten. There is endless drama and our politicians are the best actors.

Now people all over are realizing that they are the victims due to this playacting by those they elect to power with dreams of a better future.

Politics is the business that gives best returns and is dynastic too. It is time for the younger generation to step in and say - thus far and no more! siva

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author avatar Shamarie
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Superb, Siva!!! Congrats on the star page!!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Shamarie for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Retired
14th Jun 2015 (#)

This had a lot of thought put into it . Good job!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica, appreciate your motivation - siva

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author avatar snerfu
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes, Siva the past imposes the boundaries by man for their protection.but the mind meanders past those and like a boy on a merry joist, becomes free...I think.
Nice article with lots of wisdom.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Snerfu for your take. We are worse than teenagers we blame for their immaturity.

We forget the harsh lessons of history and tempt fate again and again. Even if we can go back and snuff out some evil doers in the their crib, it may be pointless as another will take their place! The good has to be on their toes, cannot even take a wink!

Let us be adventurous for the right reasons and certainly not needle others and spoil for a fight. Otherwise our God will say "later"- "don't you know there is only one - yours faithfully - and you set about killing my own creations - Off you go back where you belong, learn the lessons by becoming the victim" siva

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author avatar vandana7
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Great analysis. And everything you mentioned is 100 percent on the money. I think paranoid people become politicians. When there are no dangers lurking around, they are able to fabricate one from their minds, just like some street magician comes up with ashes. Weird that they should be doing such things to their own future generations. After all, their children have to live in the same country that they leave with so many enemies all around.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Vandana for your appreciation. The irony is they drag in religion, caste, creed, everything to divide the people to show they are different while their religion remains money especially in poor countries.

It is said whoever is elected to power the boss remains the same and the common citizens are taken for granted, even forgotten. It is also dynastic as they know the ropes of playing one against another. Whatever their agenda before elections, it becomes excuses thereafter!

My wish is for the younger generation to take over rather than hope against hope placed on those who look behind all the time. The young know they are paid for what they can do now and in the future - siva

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author avatar Carol Roach
15th Jun 2015 (#)

all history does is repeat itself

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol, it is clear we don't learn its lessons; looks like we throw the gauntlet, spoil for a fight, play to the gallery, all the time. The losers are the common citizens everywhere - siva

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author avatar spirited
16th Jun 2015 (#)

Hitler, love him or hate him then?

In one way, there is oneness, but in another way some individuals can seem to change the whole direction of this oneness, or can they.

Your article bears thinking about siva, I have no answers and it appears the world has none either.

It continues to go on in the same ways, it's a miracle to me though that go on it does.

I can't understand at times why it is still seemingly working seemingly fairly smoothly, for some of us anyway.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Spirited, appreciate your input.

Hitler did change our course but we regained equilibrium soon after. He drove home hard and harsh lessons, but we seem to forget them all too soon. They prove skin deep in a way what I read about the eye witness accounts describing the atomic bomb victims losing all their skin, with one mother cradling her infant child! I feel these are lessons to open our eyes but then we have very short memories!

Second World War was timed so that we could survive, rebuild, and carry on but had it been postponed till now? Einstein's words are ever relevant "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

Maybe Hitler was timed to live at that time! Though no need to hate him, love him or even thank him!

Our Creator is obviously still holding our hands but he is letting go ever so slowly. I was reading how God was directly supervising us earlier after reading Kingwell's illuminating and thought provoking posts.

Hitler may have to be credited for us forming United Nations, earlier League of Nations after First World War, but all is water under bridge now! Does UN exist now?

We may not have nine lives and we could well have finished up whatever we deserved and more by now! siva

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author avatar Retired
16th Jun 2015 (#)

That was some delicious food for thought-thanks for sharing Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Mary, I like to share how I feel about the world are are part of - this could well be the heaven we are after all our lives! siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
16th Jun 2015 (#)

WOW ~ This is a great post about how we seem to refuse to learn from history ~ Siva.

'Some things do not change – our attitude especially the negative side to it. We tend to see others as not up to scratch while refusing to take a hard look at ourselves. Then even like-minded people do not cooperate letting those out for trouble off the hook. So our troubles are passed on from one generation to the next.' That is a powerful sermon in and of itself

Thanks for sharing your practical wisdom and keen insight with us. Blessings!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Helen, we record history and also understand why wars happened. But we repeat the same mistakes and make the situation worse by supplying even more potent weapons all over.

The United Nations was formed with great hope but it is all forgotten now.

The common citizens just want to be left alone and with modern media they know what they want, which direction to take. Let not our "leaders" create issues where there are none and also not have hidden agendas - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Jun 2015 (#)

History continues to repeat itself as we continue to try to solve our problems in ways that didn't work before and so will never work. If we continue to add 2 plus 2 we will always get. 4. Maybe it's time to try something different. Good share as always. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes Kingwell, we get carried away with - might is right; that reflects a negative trait of human nature.

The road to peace is more a fight to win the hearts and minds of people. Let those who want the change set an example for others to get motivated - siva

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author avatar brendamarie
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Great article, history does repeat itself maybe we should try and learn from the mistakes of the past.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Brendamarie. We keep stoking the flames of war, keeping it festering, to score some "brownie" points!

We can easily cross the path of no return only realize it too late! siva

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author avatar Subra
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Dear Siva, as the saying goes "History repeats itself" and although the change should come from within as you have correctly said, the vicious circle that Man has got himself into has become so complex that to correct mistakes of the past is no easy thing! Human beings are not infallible and so mistakes will continue to occur although we all want to change for the better.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you dear Subra for your take, appreciated. My point was to highlight the agenda pursued that is against the wishes of majority everywhere.

The needed realization is ever present but we refuse to take the right path. I get a feeling our leaders think peace is boring, and is meant for the weakling!

The younger generation is keen to look ahead and I hope "outsiders" will stop interfering in territories that are not their terrain. One gets a feeling that there are ulterior motives involved like increasing their sphere of influence, fear of losing out to others etc.Though they become the common enemy time and time again they think they are above some laws that apply from time immemorial.

We should strive for international acceptance of sovereignty but we already have a strong foundation in the UN. Then we have selective memory and enforcement and so in the end it becomes free for all.

We should start afresh - let the dead bury their dead as we cannot undo anything but learn the lessons, and that is a good starting point that will resonate with the younger generation fixated as they are universally on similar gadgets! siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Of all the man's pursuit, it is creating lasting peace that he always fais

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Agreed Angelin, we have no higher goals in life other than the one from time immemorial - taking advantage of others, order others around. This attitude has to change - siva

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author avatar vandana7
15th Jul 2015 (#)

In a way, you are right too. League of nations failed. And so will the UN. Why the security council is comprised of limited members? Are they superior to the rest in deciding good and bad for the world? If they are, aren't they also doing exactly what Hitler was doing, treating Germans to be superior? Any war should be voted upon collectively. Lives matter. Commerce of other nations is affected, often leading to bankruptcy of such nations. All pros and cons should be deliberated with everybody, giving respect to each nation and not a select few. As things stand, we learned nothing. You are right about everything. :(

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Vandana for your analysis and support.

When we make a framework that is unequal, it is sure to lack involvement of those who are treated second class. India is kept out of UN Security Council despite having one sixth of world population!

Unless we can get out of hypocritical thinking and face some inconvenient truths we will fail. First, there should be wholesale disarmament. Many countries spend more on defense than on bare necessities. India is the top importer of weapons - and who benefits? These weapons are supplied to all and sundry!

Let the dead bury their dead and let us start a new chapter to show our gratitude to life and creation.

And we have democracies where our leaders cannot agree on anything due to their selfish interests; who suffers - the 99%! siva

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