Prejudice and Trust Deficit Decide our Actions

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Thoughtless actions motivated by playing to the gallery for domestic consumption are stoking the flames of tension and war. When there are more pressing issues at home, why look for trouble far away unless it is just a smokescreen to keep the attention away from inconvenient truths.

Judging Others

We can feel daily news as more of a tightening noose due to our inability to accept others as who they are. The mighty countries are led by leaders who are as vulnerable to emotions as the common folks. How much we know of others before jumping to judge them? Putin is painted as an incorrigible and cunning leader out to get Russia regain its past glory – whatever it means – but what is wrong with that as long as they are part of a modern and an inclusive world. He has said West is set to chain, tame the Russian bear. He feels America and the European Union are out to tear out the fangs and claws of the Russian bear after chaining it! Then it will become a stuffed animal! He means the issue is not Crimea but about their sovereignty and right to exist. He could well be right going by the aggressive tone and actions from the West. Playing to the gallery has its limits. Let charity begin at home by setting an example to draw others to the fold. Let us accept the culture of countries and the history and never impose our will as psychologists say we should not even do that to our own children. Then why go hammer and tong across borders while there are more pressing issues at home. It looks a smokescreen to divert attention like when some leaders paint neighboring countries as eternal enemies for their selfish goal and gain. It is the innocent in both countries that suffer.

Bridge Trust Deficit

Despite our scientific progress we are unable to rid ourselves of basics of human frailties – prejudices and judging others. These translate as perennial issues dividing us and standing in the way of mutual acceptance and coexistence. We should not only tolerate others but also understand their culture. Sometimes we view others in the way we think and become suspicious and it becomes self-fulfilling in the end as they return the “favor” with interest! We do not want to give an inch while expecting them to give a mile all the time! When we spend beyond our capacity on armaments and defense and compete with one another, who gains in the end? We know who loses anyway, the 99%, who have to bear the consequences of the actions of few. The writing is certainly on the wall – erase prejudices and bridge the trust deficit and they will prove cheaper than armaments and war!

Build on Better Climes

The flames of Cold War are stoked by few for own ends. We made giant strides decades ago but the ugly face of hatred and suspicion rears its head again. Russia has a strong leader in Putin, but what is wrong with that? China is playing its role in the world arena; it is so much better than the unpredictable Mao era, so let us make hay while the sun shines! India has a decisive leader but he has his way to get things done and its people are ready to pay the price to find its rightful place in the world order. Every country and leader wants to have own space to shine and let others not judge them prematurely and try to weaken their resolve.

America has to accept that China is becoming a competing super power - in fact, they can influence many countries with their bounty of trillions of dollars in their reserves and that goes a long way, maybe many times around our world! Russia and Putin are staring at tough times and let us be gracious with them and not hit where it hurts most! Why try to cling to the past when the future looks more benign but with the right approach?

Path to Peace

Gandhi said “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”. I will add that applies to world peace too. There is prejudice everywhere and also the stubborn trust deficit. We should pursue truth and facts relentlessly as they have been proved a casualty time and time again. Fact and fiction are made to blend seamlessly when emotions trump reason. We should accept different strokes for different folks to understand where others come from. Let us not forget everyone yearns for peace unless we corner others into a hopeless place not only to ridicule them but make sure the message gets across incontrovertibly! Then they will react the same way we will do – then can we blame them? It is unjust to say we are more worthy; let our actions and lifestyle do the talking. Lead by example to build confidence in others so that they too extend an olive branch of peace. Our leaders should take the peace path for our future so that a better world unfolds. Einstein’s words are ever relevant “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Let us do what is right and do unto others as we would have them done to us.

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author avatar viewgreen
20th Dec 2014 (#)

Great article and thank you for sharing this information.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2014 (#)

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

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2014 (#)

It is my pleasure Viewgreen, appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
20th Dec 2014 (#)

A fantastic post my dear friend. I agree wholeheartedly that the majority want peace. But they want to see peace on their terms and if others disagree with a nations strategy for peace then peace cannot exist. Each nation sees peace as a cultural or religious or power driven concept. When we can all agree what peace is then maybe one day we'll have it. You're a very clever man my dear friend and I hope my comment is in the context in which you expected it to be seen or understood.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks Terry - you have hit the nail on its head. Let no one be a bully to dictate to others what they should do, how they should live - none is qualified to do that. It is distasteful - do unto others as you have them do unto you will stop many indiscretions on its track. Let countries sort out internal issues on their own to have lasting effect like China did after the disastrous Mao era. When outsiders interfere, look at the motives - mostly it serves only their own interests. When our own beliefs have many interpretations, who are we to judge others with an off with his head attitude?

Your words and support are so encouraging, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Retired
20th Dec 2014 (#)

Excessive tolerance comes off as weakness on the world's stage. Example: Obama

Extreme intolerance comes off as bullying power on the world's stage. Example: Putin.

Individuals can strike a balance in their lives, but politicians play on a different stage.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2014 (#)

I can understand your viewpoint LeRain, thanks for your take.

Any action should be based on truth and supported by facts. It should not be unilateral with a take - my way or the highway!

The League of Nations was an international organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, created after the First World War to provide a forum for resolving international disputes.

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established 24 October 1945, to promote international co-operation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was created following the Second World War to prevent another such conflict.

Now UN is toothless and a white elephant. America is putting out fires but in the process creating more of them. It is time they left others to sort out their own issues. Einstein's quote about insanity is ever relevant when major powers tempt fate. Let us mind our own business than try to impose ours, which itself is mostly rejected at home, on others - siva

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author avatar Shamarie
20th Dec 2014 (#)

Once again, thanks for sharing a great informative article, Siva! Congrats on your star merit! Well-deserved!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks Shamarie for your motivation - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Dec 2014 (#)

thanks for a great article Siva. Peace is always elusive though greatly desired

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan. It is only a matter of time those who wield the guns now to kill the most innocent - children - get hold of nuclear weapons! So it is better to fight for peace based on give and take - of course, not one giving and another taking! siva

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author avatar Retired
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Another superb page rich in wisdom, insight and compassion, Sivaji. Great quotes from Gandhi and Einstein too. Especially liked: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Rama-ji.If everyone takes law into their own hands, then there will be no world order. It is better we resolve internal disputes ourselves and learn the lessons. It is easy to create issues where there are none. Arms are made by few and distributed for profit and that has to stop. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Carol
21st Dec 2014 (#)

You are my inspiration Siva, your kindness and understanding of the world is heartwarming. All the best to you and your family.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol for your support and encouragement. Wish you and family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - siva

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author avatar Utah Jay
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

I totally agree with your statement on the UN. A now worthless organization...Great post Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

We forgot League of Nations after the First World War's effects were water under the bridge and now the UN is ignored at our peril. No one need be a world policeman; it should be a cooperative effort for our coexistence. Thanks Utah Jay - siva

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author avatar spirited
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Trust is indeed a hard one to follow for the prejudiced.

We feel we cannot trust someone, and in some small way this is holding some type of prejudice against them then too.

Heady sentiments, a good mix of thoughtful comments with just a swill or two of politics thrown in.

good one, siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Spirited for your thoughts and support. The western world has to understand others' point of view too as that is also part of democratic functioning. Now their internal politics and greedy few cast a shadow over decisions that affect relations among countries.

Western countries have to contemplate how they have acted over the years and how other powers have been careful not to impose their views on others to the extent they leave it to others to sort our their internal issues. Sadly, media is hardly balanced in their reporting and comments - siva

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author avatar colouringstars♥
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

great post

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author avatar tafmona
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

this is a very crucial subject, many a times we may hold some thoughts that happen to be lacking trust towards someone, and we even act towards them in the same way, we make people to be victims and prisoners to our prejudice and it is so unfair and hurting to the person

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

I put myself in others'shoes to understand them better - everyone has a reason to behave the way they do. Prejudice shows our own inadequacies. Extend an olive branch and there is a positive response. Thanks Tafmona - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks colouringstars♥ for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar snerfu
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Your strident voice rings many bells Siva especially at Christmas time. Season's Greetings to you for what it is worth.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Snerfu, your voice is rather quite nowadays - I miss your one of a kind posts. Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to you and family - siva

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

most interesting indeed my friend...holiday greetings and love to you..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Carolina, appreciate your support and encouragement. Holiday greetings and love to you too - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you, dear Siva, for this nice post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you dear VP, appreciate your support. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and family - siva

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author avatar Subra
27th Dec 2014 (#)

Dear Siva, yes people tend to judge others out of ignorance and a negative, predetermined way of looking at things. This is obvious if you look around the world. The shootings in America, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the distorted way America looks at the Middle East and other countries, the intensifying racial bigotry manifesting itself in politics, sport etc - all these are the result of a trust deficit, prejudice and negative attitudes. How can we overcome this trend between people and nations? Is it because God gave each one of us different personalities and different world views? If it's God who created Man in different ways, how are we going to correct the imbalance? Is it possible dear Siva?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Dec 2014 (#)

We tend to perpetrate injustices, and take them for granted. Overcoming prejudices and trust deficit will become the biggest challenge - it is a heady mix of culture of countries, political systems, religious beliefs, ego, selfish interests et al! There is no turning back and there are few to egg on leaders to flex their muscles - otherwise, they are labeled a weakling, a failure!

Minding own business and looking at issues from all angles will drive home common sense. The false sense of power through destructive arms build up will lead us to doom.

Einstein's take on reverting to Stone Age after a Third World War should never be forgotten. Our leaders should also heed Gandhi's timeless wisdom - "there is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts."

Thanks dear Subra for your enduring support for my efforts - siva

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