Middle Path for Inclusive Society

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There is a method in the working of Universe which may not be apparent now. Justice will be served eventually. Our actions give us solace or boomerang on us for our willful deeds. None should shortchange others and thereby divide society for personal gains.

Ever Present Challenges

The all-pervasive duality and opposing forces are a reality of life. Some have clear focus in the way they lead their lives while most are pliable and accepting. The latter are ready to close their eyes but do realize they are being led, sometimes, against their will. The duality is everywhere - some are doers, set the agenda, with a no nonsense attitude. Generally they are business leaders with strong ego and money power. They even manage to keep our elected leaders under their thumb! Thankfully, forces working at cross purposes generally prove benign – they agree to disagree. Still this leads to frequent friction and skirmishes; however, one cannot also do without the other - like man and woman! Our societies get divided, but we manage to find working equilibrium in the end. These are taken as healthy expressions of democratic choice and freedom. However, there seems to be an uneasy truce that does not bode well when life becomes a mad scramble. China and India combined have one third of world population and if they lay claim to natural resources, with others soon to follow, like the present advanced countries our finite resources will prove inadequate.

Realities of Duality

Ever present duality: Societies are made up of few leaders and the vast masses that rely on the wisdom of few to secure their lives and future. Democracy and freedom have given us the right to choose the best among us to lead and replace them as well. So what we have to complain about? However, there are many unseen forces at play that put paid to our noble aspirations. Some take them as par for the course – just grin and bear it! Society has to coexist with forces that are at loggerheads every day. We do manage to stay afloat mostly by the skin of our teeth!

Good and Evil: Many are altruistic by nature and fair play is ingrained in their outlook. They have a live and let live attitude for societal good based on mutual respect. But there are also the evil forces amid us of various hues who leave a lasting dark shadow in our lives and a bitter taste by their wanton actions. Their actions are less than fair to being outright illegal! But they manage to stretch the borders of law to exploit the larger society to satiate their greed.

Leaders and the led: Thankfully, democracy and freedom are becoming universal but the slip between the cup and the lip is glaring. The promise of a better and fairer society remains unfulfilled. Whoever our leaders are, they prove helpless to tackle burning issues of the day. Even in developed countries, people are living without hope of a better future and are short changed when the excesses of few are cast upon the vast majority poor who never had any role to play in the financial mess created by the few.

Employers and Employees: There is perennial divide between the big business barons and those who depend on them for eking out a living. The former forget that the resources they command belong to society at large but they not only manage to corner them but refuse to let go based on fairness. Immediate profit becomes an obsession and that easily blinds them from being fair to others. Sadly, few still exploit others like in the past when slavery was practiced.

Optimists and Pessimists: While most are realists, their patience is being tested by some taking undue advantage – by their brazen acts that are not taken to task. The optimists give us hope and the pessimists cast a pall of gloom while the vast majority are like a pendulum swinging from one end to other in perpetual motion. It takes a toll on the general health and well-being of society.

Trust and Suspicion: Though we have innate desire to trust others, suspicion lurks. That has been our bane and even the cause of humongous waste of resources in the pursuit of debilitating arms race – treating others as mortal enemies. This is a human flaw that will doom us eventually. Many poor countries fill the coffers of the arms dealers who are adept at getting their deals at unconscionable profit margins – just exploiting the fear psychosis. This feeds on itself as they have no scruples to sell the weapons to anyone! They make merry at the cost of innocents.

The Way towards Inclusive Society

Give and Take: When we become aware of the spoilers, the bottlenecks that keep us at bay, we should face them or work around them to keep society well oiled. We need those with the drive – they are few in number, and those who are comfortable being led – the vast majority. The fruits of our endeavors should be fairly shared but now it has become lopsided with the rich becoming richer at the cost of the poor. It is plainly untenable and soon will lead to disillusionment with the whole system and the political institutions. With no other clear choices available, anarchy and mayhem could result leading to wanton destruction and free for all.

Finite Resources: They should belong to society, counties and even to the whole world to be shared in an equitable manner.

Sustainable progress: We have miles to go, generations upon generations, to follow us before humanity bids adieu. The unseen hand works overtime, bending backwards to keep us alive, yet gives us full freedom over the resources seen and unseen. We are given renewable energy like solar, wind, wave that is limitless. They can even power us beyond our solar system. But we have blinkered outlook mainly due to seeing our own as competitors in a negative way. United we stand, divided we fall will always prove true and unless our actions are premised on an inclusive society we will be going around in endless circles of mine, yours ad nauseam. We will forever be stifled and lead an unfulfilled life of self-destruction.

Take Ownership, Be Accountable

How to get out of the vicious circle we find ourselves in is the puzzle. Our energies are now dissipated working at cross purposes. We move one step forward but beat a hasty retreat. The life of fulfillment and sustainability are near at hand but that requires a change in attitude and outlook. We should find a middle path where everyone has the choice to find fulfillment. The excesses of the few have to stop and then the society will align itself based on fair play. We should know our limits based on the awareness that all are entitled to share this world. Those who flout the basics should pay a price many times over. Our Creator knows to reward the few for playing fair. The guilt we carry forward for depriving others will prove a perennial burden eventually. We can find ourselves where we are destined in our endless journey and the choice is entirely ours. There is a method in what many consider as “madness” of creation.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark for your encouragement - much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Dustup224
6th Apr 2013 (#)

You are a wise man, Siva. I have read and reflected on what you have posited here, and I agree that there is more that everyone can do to act in the betterment of both mankind and our planet with it's finite resources.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Dustup. Simple steps can go a long way. Our burning issues are eminently solvable when we set our minds to them - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Great article, people need to understand that sometimes helping others to succeed will also help us too as we can make others have a better life it improves the world for all.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks again Mark. I see around me unbridled greed that disorients society. Children are taught good ways but what reality they face when they are short-changed by following them! Those who take shortcuts with gay abandon run away with the spoils! But they will pay a price with compound interest - here, through the negative legacy they leave behind and later - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th Apr 2013 (#)

Unfortunately, people who behave in a good manner with others are now a days regarded as "Fools". I have experienced it "bitterly" first hand, and my current style is much more "diplomatic". Hard truth, but I and many others are left with no other options.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha for your comments. Honesty is the best policy - that is what we are taught, but does it work? But it does for people like me when our wants are limited. But I am also diplomatic at times to get away from a tight corner! One fact I have seen in life - there are eyes and ears everywhere and one is judged by those who matter. For me those who consider me a fool is good riddance. Let them pursue their karma. But I agree when young one gets frustrated easily and labeling feels harsh - siva

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author avatar Tahera Mannan
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Siva this is indeed very very informative. I'm going to show this to my kids.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Tahera for your encouragement and touching sentiments - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Siva - you are a master of common sense, and your clear and concise way of communicating teaches us all. Thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

These words mean a lot to me coming from you, Steve. Every day we look the other way when facing injustices is a day wasted and even a blot on our collective karma. We all deserve much better but held to ransom by few - siva

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author avatar Souvik
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Good article Sivaji,
You have described the challenges so well.
Dr. Souvik Chatterji

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Souvik-ji. If we think and act like others are just like us, then half the battle is won. Then again, one is not doing a big favor by leaving behind wealth that has bad karma written all over it - siva

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author avatar Mariah
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Much to be learned from you
Siva.
Outstanding Journalistic qualitiy
Mariah

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah, I put my best foot forward to make my efforts worth the while. Your words make my day - siva

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author avatar Xavier Bage
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Excellent thoughts excellently presented, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Xavier for your visit and encouragement. Everyone should get a fair chance and the poor are more deserving! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Apr 2013 (#)

again a masterful rendering Siva...blessings

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina for stopping by and the kind words of support - siva

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author avatar Buzz
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks as ever for your sagacious article, siva-ji.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks indeed dear Buzz for such kind words of support - siva

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author avatar Retired
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Ditto the a bove praises...sage common sense and an articulate article.

Good karma for all--the best motto...

Namaste, Sivaji.
Warmly, rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Rama-ji; I bow my head to all in humility. Let us have a take the human race could be over anytime just like our own lives - a total recall! We should live a life that makes us leave with our heads held high and look at others waiting for us at the opposite shore in the eye! We pass on the baton here to younger legs and hopefully matured brains and get ready for the next lap - of honor? siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Apr 2013 (#)

The world needs your common sense and your logic thanks for the lesson.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you - what kind and encouraging words, Terry, such generosity in praise! siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
16th May 2013 (#)

Praise is well deserved

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Terry for your revisit and kind words - siva

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author avatar Shirley Shuler
7th Apr 2013 (#)

I have learned a lot from your article, siva. Thank you for your wise words.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Shirley. Appreciate your visit and kind words siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
7th Apr 2013 (#)

Well covered text and perspective. Always something to learn and eye opening in context. Thank you Siva for sharing..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Karim. Like happening everywhere, few due to their greed, create havoc in this world. They manage to set the agenda for the majority. Where is democracy and freedom? If democracy and freedom reigns, peace will follow - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Apr 2013 (#)

Another great article. There is much wisdom here.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you very much Kingwell for stopping by and the kind words - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
8th Apr 2013 (#)

To summarize, I would use this quote from Mahatama Gandhi :"Earth has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed". So, unless extraordinary greed of a few goes away, a just and inclusive world will elude us.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. This is a quote I have used few times here. The reality is earth has everything to meet our needs but not "one person's" greed! Care and share only will save us and lead to a fulfilling life. Greed creates misery all around and not only to those who are - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Apr 2013 (#)

When we do our best and learn to be content , and give with generous hearts , then we will never have too little nor too much Siva , and whatever is going on around us , we will experience peace in the inner core of our hearts . It is the law of sowing and reaping in all its forms .
God bless you my friend
Stella >I<

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella for your positive comments. Majority are cornered and taken advantage by few.To quote Bernard Shaw - I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy - siva

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author avatar Ritsika
8th Apr 2013 (#)

There is a method in what many consider as “madness” of creation. ..Yes indeed ...so true lines..
Enlightening article..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Ritsika. We will reap what we sow for sure. Are we not reaping what we had sowed earlier? Those who get away here with their "not so nice" deeds will be in for a "nasty" surprise when the door here closes and their return flights get confirmed! siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Apr 2013 (#)

Siva one of your finest my friend...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Delicia for taking your time to read and comment - your kind words appreciated - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
9th Apr 2013 (#)

cooperative society

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Rukmini - cooperation is the best way forward. From each according to ability and to each as per need - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
10th Apr 2013 (#)

nice to share

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Rukmini that you found my post useful - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
13th Apr 2013 (#)

you are the only LORD !
alive today
and a
MASTER that I may say ...

along with the other guy...
Madan G

the two of you can win the world
if together
you both can be

great my Lord of wise
teach me so to be.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks Loverme for words that can life anyone to stratosphere! To praise another does not come easy as our master "ego" comes in between. That you can be uninhibited in this trait shows your mettle. I do feel we have everything to be in heaven right here, but few make it hell. There is one Creative process and none has seen their Gods - so why perceive others as different? What we do here every moment matters - is it not commonsense? But that is not that common! siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
13th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you for this very informative and inspirational article! Sadly even in a democratic society the ugly monster of greed takes over and the poor are looked down upon. In two weeks I will be moving into my 93 year old home in a poor neighborhood but my neighbors are very giving and kind. It will be interesting to experience the difference and something that I can write on too. My neighbors in this affluent neighborhood are too busy making money to be good neighbors to anyone. Funny but my next door neighbor in our so called poor neighborhood was the most loving and kind neighbor I ever had. I can't wait to renew our friendship and I am so excited to clean and fix up my 93 year old home!! Sorry I have been away from reading my fans articles and writing for Wikinut due to getting ready for my move.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Apr 2013 (#)

Dear Judy, I was missing your unique posts that never fail to touch my heart and make me feel part of your life. They reflect the beauty of your heart and thoughts. Also, you are so profuse in encouraging others. I do hope and pray that you find happiness in your new "old" home. Like most, I prefer to stay where there is love, care and share, and I know they are more with the poor. The rich are just different, to put it politely! A new phase of life and endless possibilities too to share them with those who care like us here. We need to make democracy and freedom truly meaningful and not allow few to become richer at the expense of majority - siva

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author avatar Carol
13th Apr 2013 (#)

Very nicely put Siva, such wise words

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Carol for stopping by and for the kind words - siva

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author avatar Retired
14th Apr 2013 (#)

beautiful expression. I found your article truly a joy to read

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Ambrine. Appreciate your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar Subra
16th Apr 2013 (#)

Sorry I missed this thought-provoking article earlier.

Talking about duality and greed, you have also to consider the duality not only between opposing forces but also those existing within a single force say, in honest people. Even honest people, for example, balance two competing and conflicting desires when deciding whether to behave dishonestly: the motivation for personal gain and the desire to maintain a positive concept of self. Studies have shown that honest people sometimes behave dishonestly when it pays, but only to the extent that they can do so without violating their and others' perceptions of them as honest.

This subject of duality is a double-edged sword, because in the matter of greed, for instance, there is no clear line that can be drawn in human beings.

Anyway you rightly deserve the star for your incisive views. Well done, Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for clear analysis. I know many who go about life with a view to benefit others. It is pure bliss, in fact. For me, I just lead my life hardly aware of what others think of me. To eschew greed and ego is not that difficult. In my working life I meet many super rich but it is just not worth the while at all. I see them mostly lead miserable lives. They hardly smile and they forget how to laugh when they cross the million threshold! You can meet them umpteen times but they are afraid to acknowledge those they consider poor. Only a happy person can make others happy. Greed spoils the party anywhere; better to stay away at all costs - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
17th Apr 2013 (#)

hand to hand good cooperation

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Apr 2013 (#)

United we stand, divided we fall - is always true. Thanks Rukmini - siva

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author avatar Songbird B
12th May 2013 (#)

This has absolute truth all the way through it Sivar..We could achieve so much more if we could all pull in the same direction, but so many look out for their own interests alone.. The trouble with the truth is that it is not sugar-coated, and at the moment, that means it is not a pretty sight, unless people are prepared to change..Powerful, insightful, you at your very best my friend..Great Star page Sivar..\0/x

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Songbird for your uplifting words that inspire me no end. I work in the finance area and come across greed at its worst. The vulnerable are the poor who want to be left alone. They are the cannon fodder for the greedy. Our leaders are beholden to the few who manipulate the system to their advantage through money power. Finally misery is heaped on all. Time we moved away from such a deep hole of our own creation, nay, of few who lead their lives without a semblance of good conscience. I recall Gandhi's words - there is everything for our needs but not one man's greed! siva

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author avatar Mystic Maid
15th May 2013 (#)

Thought provoking and so very true.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Georgia. We all come with certain abilities to contribute to the whole - siva

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author avatar philpalm
2nd Jun 2013 (#)

"The excesses of the few have to stop and then the society will align itself based on fair play." I like that statement, it sort of justifies taxing the rich a little bit more.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Philpalm for your visit and comments. Let us take a path that is fair to all - now nine work so that one can live it up! siva

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