No Progress without Compassion, Love, Understanding and Inclusiveness

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Real progress is achieved only when there is compassion, love, understanding and inclusiveness. We are in a rut and invite wrath when we set one rule for us but cry foul when others too follow the same yardstick.

Double Standards

We are advancing scientifically at a faster clip by the day, but our past problems follow us too. Now we have the Crimean issue to grapple with big powers flexing their muscles. From the point of view of an outsider, if the majority decides to secede it should not bring rank others into the equation making it more vicious. America has taken unilateral actions and set the ball rolling for forced regime changes, so to cry foul when another super power gets into the act is hypocrisy and arrogance. There can be many kings and queens but they should coexist and it is better than having only one emperor. Life succeeds in finding balance among the many variables and foremost among them are compassion, love, understanding and inclusiveness. They are not quantifiable and salable; hence the mercenary media ignores them. They are at best also-rans in their calculation deserving an occasional pat or a nod of recognition.

Our Excesses

The world chugs along despite our excesses. We take our planet and whoever created everything for granted. We want to have our way, refuse to tone down our rampant ways and expect others, including future generations, to clean up after us. We have made the same mistakes all through history but we have no compunction in repeating our follies with a devil may care attitude. We are raping our natural resources built over billions of years and pollute the atmosphere making not only our, but also fellow travelers, lives suffocating. We have ways to protect and extend our lives but what about other species that suffers for no fault of theirs? We lose the variety of species and many are left gasping for their very existence.

Misplaced Priorities

When we pause and ponder, it is clear we lack the time for showing compassion, love and understanding. Many are gravitating towards cities, or urban jungles, and stay cocooned doing their own thing even when sharing a roof with others. Children look around for what their previous generations took for granted – attention from adults, love, compassion and understanding that leads to wholesome family life and pillars for a better world. Now we keep running losing sight of a goal of healthy life. But we take it as the price we have to pay to stay in a reckless race.

Addiction to Wealth Creation

News media feeds us data urging us to march like the children of Pied Piper of Hamelin did – towards a one way track that leads us away from basic values that glued us as one. We did have hiccups all the while but we were not fully aware of the pitfalls. Now we know what serves humanity well but we willfully ignore the writing on the wall and do not care whether we are near to the tipping point of no return of many crucial factors that can doom us forever. Our mother earth is bending backwards to stabilize itself from our relentless onslaught of excesses. Gross Domestic Product and many indices are calculated by the day but those ahead by stealth or secrecy corner the spoils at the cost of majority. Though we are aware of the short-comings with such a lifestyle we end up paying lip service than take concrete steps to rectify our mistakes. A sense of complacency and resignation is palpable at every level from individual to country.

Back to Basics and Sanity

The best asset for a society to gel and progress is compassion, love, understanding and inclusiveness. They do not cost anything except a change in our attitude. In our hubris we take a stand that some are more than equal. Unilateral action is taken as a privilege by some countries and when others follow them, they cry foul. We all have faced bullies when young but our elected leaders do not see this as a character fault. Some have weapons of mass destruction to humble others but the rest cannot even dream of having them. Where is the basic understanding of what works among equals? Our leaders should be humble too and one of our recent greats, Nelson Mandela, had this quality though he may not have resolved issues to everyone’s liking. He understood people react to systems in force. We need a change in the systems, the way we think with a spirit of sacrifice and inclusiveness, to resolve irksome issues. When the media keeps highlighting the wrong yardsticks for success we are led astray too. There is no panacea for our ills, but over time and with the right attitude we can move towards our destination of peace and coexistence

A society without compassion, love, understanding and inclusive ways will be on shaky ground. We do not create anything durable and depend on planet earth for basic survival. When it is in distress, turns on its head in the way it functions, we are history in no time. It has existed for billions of years supporting life in all its variety. When we get the basics of an inclusive society right we will be on a roll with the goal of real prosperity and true wisdom within our cusp. We do not have much time left as we are on each other’s nerves, needlessly needling and spoiling for a fight that will only invite total disaster.

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author avatar wonder
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

Live and let live, the word of wisdom.Humility is strength. The article explains and tries to resolve the current situation so beautifully, thanks.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

Lovely piece again Siva..always your pages inspire...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina for your kind words of encouragement - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Steve for the moderation and the star - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Wonder. We need understanding that is sadly rare like commonsense that is not that common! Agreed we have self interests but common interests should matter more for coexistence - siva

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author avatar Mariah
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

Double standards,our excesses,misplaced priorities, addiction to the creation of wealth...
..a truly remarkable analysis of the stick we have made to break our own backs, and as to where we should look to begin to put things back on track.
As ever, journalistic perfection
thank you Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Mariah. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you - is never taken seriously. Even countries have hubris and ego as they are just a collection of people! What does it matter for the majority, who does not know where their next meal is going to come from, what piece of land belongs to whom? It is better for all that we are self-sufficient in basic needs but that is already taken care of by mother nature. We just fight for greed spurred on by inherent bullying instinct. It is relevant to keep in mind - he who does not sin cast the first stone! siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Mar 2014 (#)

Siva beautifully said...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia for your support as always - siva

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author avatar madugundurukmini
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

love is great

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Rukmini for your support. We can make this world a loving and compassionate place for all to coexist - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Well balance life is so important.Good points made.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Randhir for your support - we should not lose sight of the right path - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Well said and inspirational as always, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Connie for your support as always, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Carol
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

I love reading your work Siva so full of commonsense and wisdom

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol. Appreciate your kind support - siva

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author avatar carly135
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

you said that great, I love reading it your very thoughtful

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Carly for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Your very first sentence says it all! Thank you my friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
25th Mar 2014 (#)

I understand where you are coming from, and American government is very arrogant to keep involving itself in regime changes. On the other hand, as the (perceived) place where all immigrants and refugees come, there is a huge pressure on the US to solve the world's problems, and when the US doesn't come riding in like the Calvary, it is shamed and blamed. I know there are at times (even often or very often) un-pure motives. But I think that is everywhere. Was it wrong for France to come to American aid during our revolution? Did it matter that the French were not involving themselves to help colonists as they were to frustrate England? And now the US and the UK are on much better terms. It was not always that way.
The US is still a young country with people with debts to pay to nearly every other land on the planet. I know I don't know the right answer. I wish the US would be less involved and would do more to expand and expedite legal immigration. Until then, I feel the country is talking out of both sides of its mouth. But I also know my view is very limited by my lack of involvement and my need personally to pick which battles I will follow and fight, and which I will leave for others and hope for the best.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl for sharing your views. My main point was America lost its moral compass after it went hammer and tong against Saddam on the premise he had weapons of mass destruction. Hans Blitz, the UN weapons inspector, was maintaining right through there were none and he was proved right! This led to general conclusion that the motivation was less than honorable; egged on by weapons producers at home. And then other excesses followed for regime changes and spying against even friendly countries like Germany. So how can they fault Russia for flexing its muscle? Does it mean one rule for America and another for the rest.

Tomorrow it will be China's twisting the arms of their neighbors and the latter are already feeling the heat of the fire spitting due to Spartly islands dispute. We have the UN and when it is diminished by their masters, then might is right will be result - siva

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author avatar Subra
25th Mar 2014 (#)

It is very true that a society without compassion, love, understanding and inclusive ways will be on shaky ground. The conundrum that troubles us is what values do we inculcate to our children at home and in schools. Moral and ethical values like caring, kindness, respect, consideration for others, unselfishness, courtesy, graciousness and compassion that we inculcate to them in the beginning show up in their behaviour as they grow up. Children are inevitably guided by the everyday interactions their parents show at home and in society. There is a saying dear Siva which is, “As a twig is bent so it grows”.
Society is made up of individuals and so it is imperative that as individuals we should set the pace for our children to grow up as caring, compassionate and responsible citizens in society.
Well done once again, dear Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Subra for your erudite comments. As it happens in a dog-eat-dog world (with due apologies to our fellow travelers) children are told to behave but they hardly see it practiced by adults. They have to outgrow fairy tales and take even religious beliefs with a pinch of salt to survive. Unless we break this vicious cycle we will forever be doomed. But I see some positive light in the horizon as we are more aware of what does not work though some are getting away with murder and even worse! The basics will never change for a life that we deserve but few manage to run away not only with the spoils but also shortchange the majority - siva

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author avatar spirited
27th Mar 2014 (#)

Let's hope that most of this stuff that you see as being negative for us all, is only really on the surface.

The underlying perfect plan must still be operating somehow I believe beneath all of this surface stuff, but perhaps another crucifixion is needed before we can all see into the real truth behind it all.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Spirited for your take. However, I do believe a minority is exploiting the majority in most countries despite the facade of democracy and freedom. A clear proof is the rich are getting richer at the cost of the vast majority. The sad fact is we see many injustices perpetrated but close our eyes as if they are par for the course - siva

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author avatar spirited
28th Mar 2014 (#)

Yes, we all need to take a stand and open our eyes to really get past the blindness.

I'm just saying that somehow, as there is good in every bad, and some bad usually still within most good too, somehow the good must be learning something from having to go through it, or something like that.

There must be a deeper meaning/ or reason behind what is happening I think.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks again Spirited - the good and the bad reflect the classic duality of life. We have them inside us too in physical terms - like the good and bad cholesterol. Also, we have to fight on a daily basis negative thoughts from taking over our actions and pursuits.

Life is not a cake walk, maybe it is not meant to be as a weeding out process to see whether we are really worthy of heaven! Life is a process of elimination and also nine working hard so that one can have a blessed life in terms of material comforts. It will be poetic justice if the nine ascend to heaven and the one, seemingly blessed, is reborn here! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th Mar 2014 (#)

I think we need to watch the episodes of Satyamev Jayate, and ponder what more can we do to give back to our society and earth. If we do will, we can improve not only our own lives but the well being of the whole planet.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. Good that such programs are touching the heart of the ordinary citizens and could spur them to act. But there are few who suffer from heart ailments without having a heart to what is happening around them. The more they have, the more they want and sadly they are highlighted as the successful in society. I maintain it is a shame to be a billionaire from a poor country. The Age of Enlightenment will dawn when we recognize the real worth of our actions through how we contribute to society and not how we fleece it like in this Age of Entitlement that we are suffocating from - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
29th Mar 2014 (#)

wonderful ur a star by far

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Loverme - but love to be close to dear all with feet firmly planted on the ground - siva

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author avatar vellur
31st Mar 2014 (#)

A great post without love, understanding and inclusiveness the society is definitely on shaky grounds.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Vellur. The vicious cycle of selfish pursuits should be broken - greed is a real dampener on society - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Inspiring as always, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks C D Moore for your kind words of support - siva

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author avatar T2Lin
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

That was another great article, Siva. Nations and even people have different sense of right and wrong which all depends on their culture, experiences and resources. These troubles and problems will always be with us for we will never learn. There is however the great equalizer somewhere other than love which I think will balance everything, I hope.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks T2Lin. Even countries have no sense of balance, justice and proportion. They are, after all, led by a bunch of selfish humans and plain hypocrites. Even big financial institutions have one standard for the rich and another for the poor. They even collude with the rich to defraud the poor.

We know all issues are created to divide the common people who just want to be left alone. They are the one to pay the price in the end. Even wars are a way to make profit for the arms merchants.

Unless compassion guides our actions we will never get out of the vicious cycle - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

No Progress without Compassion, Love, Understanding and Inclusiveness-
What if the other party don't get it right!
What if logic don't go right!

Thanks for the nice write up...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

Keep trying Karim and that is the challenge in life to bring others into the right fold. When we inch towards this goal the wind we sow we will reap the whirlwind, but in a positive way - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Beautifully said siva...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you very much Delicia - missed you for a while and waiting to read yours too - siva

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