Greed plays Spoilsport against Unity

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Greed divides society and dampens unity. We need global cooperation to move towards universal government to live in peace. The basics are falling into place.

Wealth Begets Wealth

We need money for a comfortable living but it can become an obsession when we cross the limits. Democracy, Free market and Capitalism have won over other political and economic systems but they have also deprived the majority and divided the society. These may not be apparent in western democracies but is clear to any discerning eye in poorer countries. The Gini coefficient that measures income disparity is widening in most capitalist countries as the wealthy have better avenues to increase their wealth. The whole system is slated to their advantage. Unless we are able to overcome this flaw our society will remain divided and true justice will be a pipe-dream. The challenge for us is to become more aware of injustices that we tend to take for granted as inherent in any society, just like we take wars as inevitable. Can we move towards a just society or just take it as just not possible, so grin and bear it– close an eye like we do now?

Rewards vs. Greed

No one bemoans just rewards. We know what is reasonable but when the wealthy keep adding to their wealth even during tough times for the common citizen, we know something is basically wrong. Rewards are getting out of hand just for being wealthy! And when natural resources of the land are cornered by few it should raise an alarm. In poor countries it is easy to buy over politicians and bureaucrats who matter in dividing the bounty of the land. No wonder wealth is multiplied by few at the cost of the society in general. Greed rules the roost in the end!

Transparency with Technology

It is no more like olden days when we did not know what was beyond our borders. Now we have technology to throw light at the goings on at every level, everywhere. It is time we made use of them to better serve justice to the vast majority who are now deprived of their rewards whether the political system in force is democracy or autocracy. Capitalism should not lead to resources of the land sold to few. It rightfully belongs to the people.

Whistleblowing against Injustice

When transparency leads to better justice, why not approve whistle-blowing to better throw light on the workings of government. It need not extend to sensitive areas like defense, but in many sectors this will lead to better involvement, participation and trust in the governance. Unfair means adopted for wealth accumulation should be exposed to have a level playing field. No one should get a cakewalk especially when others are deprived by their actions.

Pooling Resources to minimise costs

Even poorest of countries boast billionaires. It is obvious the wealth cannot be made overnight when there is poverty around them. Powerful countries are able to have their way to get big financial institutions divulge information but the poor countries have little means to get to the root of corruption when money is transferred outside their territory. It is time the big powers cooperated to show that every country should be able to get information that they only have access now. There should be a data bank for countries to access the wealth of their citizens.

Towards Universal Government

National boundaries are in maps but in a real world it is becoming an illusion. Political ideology is also blurring as China and Russia are doing business with western democracies without a hitch. However, vestiges of the past still haunt us keeping the fear factor alive that leads to poor countries spending more on arms than on health and essential infrastructure. Is it not time to get our house in order by promoting a move towards universal government? We have the United Nations in place but it is taken as toothless for all practical purposes. We have the urge to do the right thing but we still continue to treat others with suspicion. When we suspect another, they react likewise! Let us put a lid on arms proliferation and work towards disarmament. Then we will start to accumulate real wealth to lead us to real progress that will unite mankind. The present ways of overriding greed is anathema to unity. We should start breaking down barriers standing against better understanding and unity.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for the moderation and the star merit - siva

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author avatar Rubinstyn
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Happy New Year, Siva!

Good to see that you are continuing to produce truthful and quality articles.

May God continue to remove the scales from our eyes, the plugs from our ears, and soften our hearts towards those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Amen and Amen.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Rubinstyn. Wish you too a Happy New Year. Your words will always inspire me, dear friend. We should reach higher levels not a day soon. When the call comes I should leave with a life well lived without regrets - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Great info dear rother Siva. Thank you for this awareness post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you VP. Let us march in unison, seamlessly, towards our next goal to enter the Age of Enlightenment from a greedy world of Entitlement! siva

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author avatar Carol
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Great wisdom and insight as always Siva, thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Carol for the encouragement, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva!
You are an important voice for good!
Only the best,
Dan

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Dan. Your no holds barred support makes my effort worth the while - siva

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author avatar Retired
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you for this enlightening article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Lynett for comments to spur me on - siva

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author avatar spirited
11th Jan 2014 (#)

Great post siva,

I agree with you here democracy doesn't work as well as it should.

It funnels wealth into a few greedy hands, and the wealth of the country is lost to its own citizens.

Same here in Australia, the mining magnates make their billions but the man on the street who owns this wealth too gets none of it.

The proceeds obtained from mining should be distributed to every citizen in that country, I feel.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Spirited. Democracy proves a mirage in poor countries. You have vast natural resources especially in Western Australia and Queensland. In poorer countries there are many brokers who are ready to play out the majority. They play middlemen with access to top brass whoever is in power. They broker deals for the rich to gain at the cost of the country.

The huge iron and coal resources of Australia obviously attract the super rich to further their gains. I feel they should not be sold en masse but (exploited!) based on royalty payments on the output so that it will remain a "lucky country" for all - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Greed is not good, to paraphrase an old Hollywood phrase. Thanks, Siva, for another inspiring, uplifting and enlightening post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Connie for your support as always. What a coincidence I was just trying to post a comment on yours about how you are coping with the cold snap. I think some issue with this site for the last few days that makes it tough to log on - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Justice for all this flows from Above and when Planet Earth gets everything she needs, she tackles just all making all Deadly sins come to rest at heavens domain. Lust for money aka greed is the single most cause for pain and suffering and honestly, that is why I have lived my life without it only to find that I need it to be able to get through in life.
So its best to say money is something but nothing when compared to life as a whole and Planet Earth can wash all of this out in a heartbeat...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Aiyanna. Gandhi's words ring true always - we are given everything for our needs but not for the greed. Sadly, capitalistic society closes an eye on this weakness. The greedy are plain ungrateful. We should cherish what we have, but should not be unhappy with what we don't need. Life is more than material possessions - the less we have of them the more we can live our life to the fullest - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Leaving no life remaining. Its as simple as that....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Agreed, though we think we are at the top of the food chain we are most vulnerable in the event of an untoward event in the creative process. A little change in the life-nurturing environment is enough for us all to bite the dust leaving most other species to still continue their days under our sun - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Interesting read.Well written.Good points made.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir for your never failing support, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Zola
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for another thought-provoking article. But, as you point out, we all see and understand what's going on, but no one seems to be able to do anything about it.The evil seems to have very deep roots.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Zola for your comments. Evil is too deeply ingrained in greed to bother about the welfare of society. Little do they realize that most of what they accumulate will prove a liability not only to them but also to those who inherit their ill-gotten wealth. Majority is patient for now, but everything has its limits.

President Xi Jinping of China is tackling corruption by attacking the base so that the top will topple over as a result! Capitalist society has to likewise see the reading on the wall rather than treat every billionaire as a hero. The real heroes are those who uplift the lives of the majority through self-sacrifice and also the patient majority - siva

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author avatar writestuff
12th Jan 2014 (#)

More wisdom and another star worthy article. Thanks for this social activist post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Writestuff. Let us move forward and make real progress to benefit all especially the poor. The greedy should be exposed - siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
12th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for another very insightful post ~ Siva.

I like what you said: We need money for a comfortable living but it can become an obsession . . .

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Helen. I have seen how the rich are pampered and get the first bite of every investment opportunity at the cost of the poor. The whole financial and political systems are at their beck and call. Obviously they get carried away - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jan 2014 (#)

The current US education system "Common Core" was supposed to be a group effort to share resources, raise standards, and save money with all states working together. Sadly, someone turned it into a gray area of intrigue, and then an educational book publisher turned it into a way to monopolize the entire system. Sad, isn't it, how so many good efforts can be derailed by a few money-mongers?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for this highlight. Greed spreads its tentacles everywhere without exception. Being in the finance field, I see all the time few trying to make quick money without effort by just hoodwinking people. I have even seen some top financial institutions offering to window-dress company accounts before approaching public for funds - for a hefty fee, of course - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
16th Jan 2014 (#)

Well there are many vested interests out there, who would do anything to prevent such an idea of a Universal government. Yet, we still can use forums like Wikinut for more people-to-people collaboration.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. We should have a universal goal and we are moving towards that though with trepidation. Few decades ago it was unthinkable when Russia enforced the Iron Curtain and Mao had his virulent brand of Maoism where human lives had no value. When big powers join together, and that includes India, then we should make real progress. Already many professional standards are becoming universal - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
17th Jan 2014 (#)

Yet, we still have barriers and powerful forces out to subvert such a movement.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks again, Ptrikha. I can see a positive change in the attitude in the young in India. Earlier days they did not bother at all as politics was considered a minefield and a taboo for the idealistic. Now they are getting ready to clear the mines planted by the few who held sway. The Age of Enlightenment is not far away and the Age of Entitlement of few is receding - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
16th Jan 2014 (#)

Well written Siva. Greed is a human failing

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan for your support as always - appreciated - siva

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author avatar K.Kinman
17th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva for such an enlightening and inspiring article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Kinman for your encouragement - appreciated - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Jan 2014 (#)

There is so much greed in the world and the gap between the rich and the poor just keeps widening.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jan 2014 (#)

Yes Kingwell. Wealth begets wealth in a greedy world. Even in dire times the rich become richer - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
6th Feb 2014 (#)

My dear Siva,
As usual, a well thought of piece that is thought provoking.
There can be no disagreement with what you wrote, but selfishness, desire of every individual to better others is the main driving force that propels the world forward.What you are asking for is an utopia.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks GVR. The desire of individuals to better themselves should not be based on negative traits like selfishness. There are many who sacrifice their time and spend their resources for helping others. We should give no quarters to selfish pursuits that harm society - siva

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author avatar Subra
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Very good, dear Siva

It is so important that society and government should protect the vulnerable from the predations of the greedy, to include everyone in this prosperity — not by taking from the rich to give to the poor but by making sure they have a role to play. The question is how are we going to achieve this! Who is going to bell the cat! How do we make men less greedy? How do we redistribute wealth so that there is more equality?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Subra, appreciate your comments. Ironically, we are all on the same page, but tend to give benefit of doubt to few who are greedy and selfish. I have seen cases where the poor are robbed and the person who does the act loses out to a bigger "crook"! A reverse Robin Hood in action!

I feel we are at the door step of Age of Enlightenment (not Entitlement - too close for comfort!) One step is to treat all natural resources as belonging to the people - not for sale. Another sure way is tapping solar energy so that almost everyone can become energy independent - grid free or rely on micro grids. And our sun god is generous in Africa and Asia and that means poor can supply to richer countries. On final analysis, democracy and freedom should benefit the poorest and for that there should be rule of law; without that the few will always be emboldened to exploit the loopholes - siva

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