We Are Not Robots Yet

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We are slowly but surely embracing a lifestyle far removed from what we were used to. Are we becoming less human but more individualistic, selfish, even robotic in our thinking and action?

Remain Human

With each passing day technology is taking over our lifestyle. We forget not only our immediate surrounding as our horizon gets wider but become oblivious to our loved ones and start to drift, get carried away. However, we are still human especially in times of our dire need but we realize this reality too late. We are forced to clutch at straws of our good deeds and memories as we near the end and hopefully they help to retain meaning in our lives. Only few remember to invest their time and efforts wisely to reward them later. No one can own up for our lives except us individually. Material objects will remain inanimate. It is human feelings that have brought us thus far with warts and all. A life without them will be different, lose its core, meaning. Though robots will play their part increasingly we should not imitate them!

Nature and Resources

We should never forget to pause and think to use our resources wisely and that includes the time we have and also the finite ones that nature has accumulated over billions of years. They have to be value added with much thought. We should also tap and find new lifestyles to enhance our lives meaningfully and for our collective good treating the whole world as a village. Technology is leading us towards such a goal though it cuts both ways empowering few to sow discord. Sadly they manage to set the agenda, at least to slow down our progress.

Common Journey

It is the increasing awareness of common journey that should unite us. After all that is the only way to survive as future wars could be catastrophic making earlier world wars look like a walk in the park. The shadow of 9/11 is still causing a pall of gloom and dictates how we view each other suspiciously. Everyone is a suspect even in normal dealings and activities – sort of either you are with us or with them. The vast common ground of understanding and sympathy towards one another is lost. We are treated like robots and have to prove our credential all the way for everyday dealings.

United we stand, Divided we fall

It is crucial to find common ground of understanding and purpose to our lives – it is easy as well as difficult. There are few who exploit emotions to suit their selfish ends and use majority as mere pawns. Unity is always frayed and hence our progress and even survival is under threat. The majority has to assert their right to pursue peaceful lives overlooking those that can divide us. It is increasingly – united we stand, divided we fall. Our feelings for unity should override attempts to divide us and getting used as pawns. We have so much to live for but human feelings should prevail though gadgets and robots are bound to play a greater role.

Retain Humanity

Robots have no feelings or heart. They can work non-stop except for periodical maintenance. We need empathy and understanding. Nowadays people look at documents and not at our face in dealings. The trust is lost and we carry through the rituals and abruptly stopped or waved on. There is always the elusive one document missing despite our carrying what we consider the entire stash of documents. Rules are rules and we face rejection despite being able to prove our credential. Gone are days when officials took personal interest and showed empathy and sympathy. They cannot be blamed as they have to protect their jobs despite ending up as just cogs in the wheel.

Can we find a way out than accept the march of progress at the cost of losing meaning in life? Or we accept the change as a necessary evil in the march of technology that transforms us into robotic individuals each doing own thing leading separate lives? The change is getting accepted and we are slipping into a newer realm of human interaction. The young will easily adapt as they grow with technology and see their parents embracing the gadgets too with trepidation and even gusto! It has become the only way to get accepted in a digital age. So we are becoming robotic losing our human feel. It is one change that none seems to defy and take it for granted. How it would entail in future looks foreboding for people like me who have seen what lifestyle was that proved a blessing in times of our dire need. Certain human attributes are timeless and may they remain so and being human is right at the top!


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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Nov 2013 (#)

so much wisdom herein siva and I love the pics...is that your family? peace and blessings...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark for your moderation and start merit - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina for your encouragement. I took the image from Wikimedia Commons - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Some people are living like they are robots. Great piece as always.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark. I live in Asia and am seeing a trend where gadgets are taking over lives. The young hardly reciprocate meaningfully, finding comfort in a robotic lifestyle. Sadly, children are even neglected by parents unable to devote time to meaningfully interact with them. I shudder to imagine how this will pan out generations down the line - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Nov 2013 (#)

So many profound and deep messages here siva.I think empathy is perhaps the most powerful gift from God to we humans- when we stop caring about others we truly are alone and lost- one of the most powerful of all your amazing pages...thank you siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2013 (#)

So happy to see you again Delicia and hope to read yours again soon. It is indeed sad that we tend to overlook the basics of life and take them for granted. The world is running short of love and time for each other. We just fill our time - so we are in a way robotic as we live without feelings - siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning, Siva; as usual, you have beautifully captured what many of us believe is happening. The emphasis on gadgets as friend, advisor, confidant, and ever-present companion frightens me for the future. We all now communicate in electronic ways and seem to not be able to untether from the gadgets and newest gizmo when the very person we want to communicate with is sitting next to us. As Delicia says, empathy is a powerful gift; one that you cannot receive nor give to a gadget or expect from a robot. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Marilyn for your insightful input. I have seen young mothers lost in their own world with gadgets and their toddlers left helpless and without attention. The world is changing and not for the better in terms of genuine human interaction. As the Russians used to say during communist rule - they pretend to pay and we pretend to work! In future children will reciprocate what they got from parents with a vengeance and we should not blame them! siva

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author avatar joyalariwo
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Hi Siva, wow article as usual, reminds us to never forget that we are only humans.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Joyalariwo for your encouragement - appreciated - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
30th Nov 2013 (#)

I can say a hearty ..Amen... to your post dear Siva ..and I agree with Delicia ...this is one of the most powerful indeed of all your amazing pages ... If we lose sight of the human touch and response , then we are no better than the gadgets we so crave to have at the cost of personal intimacy and closeness in working together for the common good . A sad demise indeed .
God bless you my friend .
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella. Many take a view that all is for the good. I miss the warmth in face-to-face interaction. It is all documents that are the be-all and end-all and not the person they pertain to. Either you are in or out of their sphere. That proves the few who are out to take advantage set our agenda especially after the 9/11 event - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Nov 2013 (#)

A great message for the times we live in Siva. United we stand, divided we fall - indeed and amen.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Steve for your support which means a lot to me. As with our health it is time we took a holistic approach - siva

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author avatar Mariah
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Inspiring and impressive as always Siva, and I also fully endorse Steve's comment.. .united we stand.. divided we fall..unity is the key and the path to peace,
thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah for your support. Our Wikinut community is so closely knit that the moment I heard about the ghastly Glasgow helicopter crash I was thinking about you and your family - siva

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author avatar Mariah
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you my dear friend

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

You are welcome Mariah. Hope this tragedy has not caused many casualties - siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks ~ Siva! This is another well written, thought-provoking, impressive and inspiring Article. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks indeed Helen for such encouragement which makes my effort worth the while. Let us watch our steps than be led away like the children in the fable - The Pied Piper of Hamelin - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Very inspiring and well done as usual, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie for your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Awww; I was hoping that was a picture of your lovely family!! ;) FB is my outlet for human contact. I do get out when I volunteer, shop, or exercise, but political correctness is quite essential in those situations. Through PMs on FB, my friends and I truly share the world and make the human connection.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Phyl. We all know when and where to stop. But that stage might be crossed without our realizing it - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Siva, for reminding of the good in life

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Madan. We all are human and hence tend to get carried away to the extent we lose the human touch! siva

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Kids now wear earplugs attached to the lastest gadgets, so engrossed, unable to hear when parents talk to them. Living in a robotic world should not make us addicted to them. This is a great write. Michelle

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Michelle for your input. Nowadays each is into doing own thing oblivious of their surroundings. Sad when parents ignore their young children when they lose themselves in cyberspace. We need balance in life - siva

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author avatar Rubinstyn
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Hi Siva,

As usual your articles are right-on-the-money. Hopefully reading your post will stimulate like thinking individuals to step out and demonstrate understanding by taking positive steps to restore the moral base our God intended humanity to follow in dealing with each other. This can only be accomplished on an individual basis.

Technology is fine for accomplishing task and entertainment. Too bad the positive changes in a man's heart have not kept pace with the technological changes in our society over the past 50 years or so.

Regardless to what the secular media would have us believe, I personally believe there are more positive influences being manifested in society than negative or else the world would have "gone to hell in a hand basket" a long time ago. God is still on His throne and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. In this case, His will and original intent is that he earth would be made a mirror image of Heaven and dominion be turned over to His children for administration. His Word will not return void.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Rubinstyn for your valuable support and input. I have lived in Asia all my life and now see the shift in the thinking of the present generation getting addicted to gadgets. The older generation knows the value of societal, face-to-face, interaction but the glue that held us together is unraveling. No one is willing to sort of bell the cat but only anxious to get on the wagon like children led away by the Piper of Hamelin. It can prove a one way street.

Technology has a negative side too, and not to get carried away we need to develop positive thinking and action so that all benefit. Now the whole exercise is profit motivated. Newer gadgets mean old are cast away.

I agree we manage to find safe haven despite our recklessness. We have an unseen hand guiding us through our thought process and making us distinguish between the good and bad. If we are wise enough we can reach a much higher realm of life but we should have the wisdom to find the right path. It is time to ponder where we are headed for - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
1st Dec 2013 (#)

Interesting article.Thought provoking.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Randhir for your support - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Well, somehow slowly I am having the feeling that we all are marching towards our downfall, even if the younger lot, and many of us besides me are getting the feeling that they are better off, and are smarter and more efficient.

And even with all the efficiency, smartness and friends' circles, human beings are in fact sadder.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for your comments Ptrikha. We are running short of time for others and that means less of empathy, sympathy and compassion. We are becoming superficial in human interaction. Even in work related meetings people are preoccupied with gadgets instead of involving wholeheartedly in involving matters at hand. Technology is a great tool but it will remain a tool and not an end by itself. We need to be better human beings - otherwise our life will lose its meaning and purpose - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Seems like everyone is running after materialistic aims, and glory, yet in the process, foregoing many of the bounties of life, as well as peace of mind. To some extent, I too am afflicted with this, and not fully over these things!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks again Ptrikha. I even sympathize with the younger generations' predicament. The world has changed and they may not have savored the beauty of genuine human interaction. They have the older still to give them comfort but I do hope they too will do their part than lose their way. Gadgets are just one of the tools tools, like wealth is, for a peaceful and meaningful life - siva

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author avatar Retired
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Wonderfully wise and compassionate as always, Sivaji. Namaste, rd

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

So happy to read your comments Rama-ji, thank you. Hope to read your lovely posts soon. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Carol
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Great, inspiring, and motivating work as always Siva, well done!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Carol for such encouragement - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

in the west...
there is a great dearth of manpower...
hence they make machines to replace men..
as a labour costs as much as an executive ...
come and see all mechanisation only//mainly and wars are fought in others country to keep ourselves destruction free its all BUSINESS look beyond the clouds

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Wars are mostly business oriented, fomented by greed and pride. Right through history few ignite wars while innocents are sacrificed. Thanks Loverme for speaking out - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Dec 2013 (#)

you are our master students must be vociferous

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Let us think aloud Loverme, but not get lost in the din! siva

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author avatar Retired
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

This makes me think of transhumanism and the race to remain young while living forever. Wise words for an uneasy time. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Lady Crimson Rose for your comment. As is said - what matters in the end is the life in our years spent here, and not the years in our life. We should live before we die - siva

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author avatar spirited
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Programs do not really ever exist on their own. People have programmed themselves. No robot could ever do this. We need to deprogram ourselves to become less like robots, always following the same programmed response.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Spirited. We should always ponder the steps we take as we might cross the line of no return which I suspect we have already done! siva

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author avatar Subra
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Yes, dear Siva, what you say is true but I feel that it's still a beautiful world we live in. Of course technology has made robots out of us but I suppose that is an inevitable consequence of so-called modernity! We cannot afford to live in the past and yearn for it because whether we like it or not, we have to live in the here and now. Of course certain human values and morals have been lost in the process, but that is the price for what we call 'progress' in modern technological terms.

We have no choice but to accept the reality of things while striving to be a better human being.

Congrats once again.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Subra. No one is against progress but like in medical treatment it should be holistic. If I am standing in the way I should be a hypocrite as I spend hours on this site everyday! We need balance as I have indicated in this post and also endorsed by others. Technology is only a tool like wealth is. Both are addictive by nature with ability to enslave us. We are led in a way like the children of Pied Piper of Hamelin but at least they were children, we are weather beaten adults! siva

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author avatar Johnny Knox
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Very nice post Siva, i really like your way of thinking and writing. Very humanistic, love it!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Johnny for your encouragement. We should watch our steps and not be led like sheep - siva

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author avatar Retired
7th Dec 2013 (#)

excellent post. life sure is a journey similar for everyone

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Ambrine. We all make endless choices and let them give us the right perspective to lead meaningful lives. We need to take many a break and ponder - siva

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author avatar writestuff
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for this uplifting and unifying post. Continue to share your knowledge as traveler of truth.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Writetuff - it is my pleasure. We all need to ponder often than be led like sheep. We have too many toys around us now to remain children all our lives - so all the more reason to become choosy - siva

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author avatar vellur
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank God that we are not robots yet. We just have to look inside and realize that we are humans capable of loving, caring and sharing. Great post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Vellur, but I worry the calming influence of few will lose its influence as more jump into the bandwagon. Our forefathers found enduring meaning in their lives to leave a lasting legacy; so we have a bounden duty too - siva

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author avatar Mick Moogie
14th Dec 2013 (#)

Very Nice Siva .. It brought my mind to think of the Venus Project becoming a reality of modern society ... http://youtu.be/-itQpKxzTPs

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Mick for the encouraging words and also for the link to Venus Project. I saw the video. It is time we took the next momentous step as one community instead of treating one another with suspicion - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Dec 2013 (#)

Inspiring as usual my friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. I have to catch up on my posts and comments as I was away for a week - siva

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author avatar Shang
25th Dec 2013 (#)

So much truth in these words. Very thought provoking. Great write!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Shang. Appreciate your encouragement - siva

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author avatar Waterlily
21st Jan 2014 (#)

A wonderful message. Thanks so much for sharing .

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Waterlily. Let us ponder our steps so that we remain human - siva

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author avatar DaddyEvil
18th Mar 2014 (#)

I believe you have many good points to ponder, Siva!
I also think people are becoming too dependent on mechanisms (like their smart phones) rather than connecting face to face with each other. (It is even difficult for me to catch my daughter without an electronic device of some type in her hands.)
Hopefully, something will give so that we begin connecting person to person again.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you DaddyEvil - not comfortable addressing you like that! We are getting too dehumanized by the day and our lives are becoming empty devoid of emotions. Hopefully, we can mend our ways before it is too late - siva

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