Times Change and Do now Faster!

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As the whole world is taking a common path, let us not forget the choices available to make inclusive progress. A reckless path will lead to breaking down of pillars that held us together to overcome the many challenges. We need to make wise choices of all available options than be led by temporary glitter.

We get carried away

Human behavior remains same despite bitter lessons from history. Once bitten twice shy comes readily to mind but we repeat the same mistakes; maybe, we have short memories. When we ride on our successes, we tend to forget ourselves and take misfortune and death is reserved for others!

But times do change. It is a moot point whether for the better! We do not pause before taking paths that seem to be paved with gold and glitter; we have to ride them out and accept the destination. Of course, experiences change us and some lessons remain etched in our minds as we struggle to come to terms with them, with bruised egos even! Temporary successes make us reckless and soon we are brought to ground with a thud!

Change is the constant

Change is the only constant but they are coming faster even for the seasoned among us! We have to accept them as a fact of life and do not want to act spoil sport; but maybe, more is expected of us when danger signals appear on the horizon. That is the clearly the case when some pillars of life are under assault.

We seem to become immune to economic malaise afflicting us from every corner. It could turn out like the story of the boy who cried wolf. We are inured to an extent we ignore the daily headlines screaming at us: Debt, Euro, and Currency Crises! Lack of political will is taken as par for the course to enjoy unadulterated festival of democracy; a price worth paying for unbridled freedom!

Built into our psyche

Then we have few that are getting built into our psyche to run with the crowd:

Casino mentality: Everyone wants to make money real quick, out of thin air. Internet is full of those who made it to the stratosphere in no time! What are we waiting for; just take the plunge headlong!

Change for own sake: Any change is for the better is the clarion call screaming from the billboards! Newer gadgets with cosmetic changes, even in just looks, signal – out the old! The old among us are not spared either! They have to remain forever young, a losing battle as the cover is blown often!

Discarding basics: Everyone is equal and in a hurry to be treated as one. Teenagers make it clear that they are even masters of all they survey. Are they not better than us with latest gadgetry? Forget who foots the bill!

Looking for scapegoats: A generation quick to point out the ills but unwilling to set things right. Are we not blaming each other but unwilling to make basic sacrifices and take the ills by the scruff of the neck?

Generational divide: Digital divide has inadvertently resulted in generational divide especially in traditional societies. The old find themselves on the sidelines as the young have little time to connect with them as they are lost in cyberspace. The near and dear are discarded, unseen. Out of sight is out of mind!

Making wise choices

Times do change and is up to us to make it for the better. Are we up to the challenge or just drift along? Who has the moral heft to counsel common sense? The whole world is in a hurry to take a common unquestioned path like children in the tale of Pied Piper of Hamelin; never to return! That makes it all the more reason for us to evaluate our options available before it is too late. Let us not forget that we have choices available than be led down a blind alley. We need to have proper balance to stay in the game of survival.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
1st Jul 2012 (#)

... and the older we get, the faster time goes and the more quickly things (seem to) change ...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks David, we are also in a hurry to complete as much as we can as we never know when our open booking is confirmed! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Jul 2012 (#)

Another fine post Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Madan for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar Retired
1st Jul 2012 (#)

Ditto both comments, Sivaji--always thought provoking posts from you, my friend. Namaste

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Rama-ji. Your comments are always refreshing. Namaste - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Jul 2012 (#)

so very true what you write here and in all your marvellous pages Siva...a pleasure reading them it is...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Comments like these are so uplifting, Carolina. Thanks - siva

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author avatar Judy Ellen
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Wow! What a great article and so very true! I see the desire to change for the sake of change in so many young people today. However what they may not know is that they are jumping from the frying pan into the fire. I love your writing!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

No one seems to have the moral authority to caution us and rein in the havoc we create by our reckless lifestyles and the cost to environment. We seem to be on a one way street; all the time paying lip service to sustainable development. Thanks Judy, I appreciate your visit and encouraging words - siva

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author avatar Teila
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

So true.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Teila, for your comments - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve, for your moderation and the star. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Jul 2012 (#)

great insights Siva...thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia, so happy to see you again - siva

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author avatar Retired
4th Jul 2012 (#)

I'm nearly 30 and I find something's in life hard to keep up with in the changing world. Thank you Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jul 2012 (#)

The ride is getting hectic for people like me - more than double your age! But while I try to enjoy the ride; at the same time, with some misgivings! Thanks Adam - siva

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jul 2012 (#)

Siva, great seeing you my friend, I hope and pray all is well with you and yours. What a well written piece and one for us all to ponder over. I know your article covers a lot but, I would like to stick to one subject you have raised, disconnect...
This is so key to me and how I see society failing. It seems the more we are connected (from new technologies) the more distant we are to the ones we love. I use to love talking to my mother (when she was here on earth) on the telephone at least 4 days a week, every week and at times, even more so. Just hearing her voice put me at ease and the back round noises even meant something. I mean even down to hearing her doing the dishes as she spoke to me, this meant she was doing okay and able to do some work. I was just thinking how much different those little conversations would have been, if we were to text, not the same, I assure you. I was informed by my daughter that the reason she does speak to me as much I think she should is because, she only texts and I don't. She went on to say 'If I did text then we would have more contact.'. Well, I love the girl but, until they take my land line phone down, I will not be sending a text, I put my foot down there. Just call me a stick in the mud I guess. Well done. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise, you have left no stone unturned to make your viewpoint so clear. We should protect the foundation that glued us together than get carried away with technology. Hopefully, we realize our follies before it is too late! siva

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author avatar Carol
7th Jul 2012 (#)

Great page as ever Siva full of wise thoughts. it's true that as we get older time flies, sadly. I try to enjoy every day of my life, cos life in itself is so precious. I know what denise means about contact through texting. It's not the same.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Carol. The older generation bends over backwards to make society gel. Let us hope our ride is getting us to a better future. All that glitters is not gold! - siva

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author avatar stevetheblogger
8th Jul 2012 (#)

Many thanks for this I really enjoyed the read. As people have said the older you get the faster time goes but I have to say as long as I can smile at least once a day I am enjoying life.
Best Wishes
stevetheblogger

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve, as long as we are up and about we are blessed! siva

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author avatar Subra
12th Jul 2012 (#)

Beautifully written Shiva. You have hit the nail on the head about choices which, if taken, give us more happiness and contentment all round. Alas consumer culture and materialism has taken over this post-modern world leading men to temptations and greed! Still it's not too late for one to take stock and make better choices that will bring him more peace of mind.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Subra, for your enlightened words. We are on an unquestioning mode and just follow the herd, come what may. Welcome aboard! Looking forward to reading yours - siva

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author avatar Subra
12th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Shiva. Really hard to emulate your polished writings in Wikinut! Anyway I have 4 articles already published.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Jul 2012 (#)

You are already having a blast, dear Subra. Keep them coming (blast from the past!) and enrich us all by sharing your life, no holds barred! I will have to catch up with yours soon, no time to lose! - siva

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author avatar Subra
13th Jul 2012 (#)

Your words are indeed motivating. With my own passion for writing in particular and appreciation of life in general, what I'm doing now in Wikinuts is long overdue! Should have started long ago, but as the saying goes, "Better late than never"! Your writings are on a much higher level - really admire them - so I will not compete! Still I'll do my two cents worth of writing as time permits. You are really an inspiration Siva!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Subra, I am glad I showed you this way. I could have sent you an official invite but never mind, you are already aboard and rocking! siva

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you, Siva. I appreciate your pages so much.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Ivy for your visit and comments. Always welcome - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Most difficult is choosing the right ones, sometimes today's right decisions become opposite on the next day! Visionary and well foresightedness is important in other words prudence and cognitive knowledge could help to be on the right path. Thank you for nice sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Karim for the comments. We are led by consumerism, the marketing pitch that make us impulsive buyers. Also the political leaders who promise the moon and then is soon back to square one or even worse! siva

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author avatar coolmoney
4th Aug 2012 (#)

Today the whole world is in a hurry.I don't know where we're going to be in so much of a hurry.But anyway that's how we are today.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for your visit, Coolmoney. Individually we can make a change as hurry kills us in all ways! siva

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author avatar A K Rao
9th Aug 2012 (#)

In this mad competitive one every one is participating in rat race and in desperacy to win they are wandering aimlessly ! Priorotiesof the life are today set by others instead of ourselves and this makes our lives more miserable! Change is a sign of evolution but while evolving one should always remember the golden rule -'Survival of fittest!'

So aimless wandering in the name of change will only lead to down fall !

Thanks for another nice write up as ever dear Siva Sir!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks indeed dear Rao for your encouragement. Consumerism is the king and the lack of time other than for selfish pursuits. Is it a timeless lament? Only time will tell, but I see danger signals, storm clouds! siva

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author avatar akram saqib
11th Aug 2012 (#)

It is a fact you have described in very simple manners. great sharing

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Akram for your visit and generous comments - siva

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