What is on our Agenda?

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Time and time again, majority is played out by few with hypocrisy rampant in the workings of our whole setup, be it at the level of nation or individual. The strain felt by the common citizens at being played has to be addressed before they are pushed over the hill - they are not tools for endless manipulation.

Many a Slip between the Cup and the Lip

We are bombarded everyday with news that mostly shocks us; those that uplift our moods and lives are rare. Of course, the latter make our lives worth the while, help to retain faith in ourselves and creation ongoing. Those that make the headlines are generally not in our agenda, at least not those that the common citizens want or yearn for. We are left to wonder – how can we stoop to such a level again and again after knowing the consequences all through history? Our political leaders seem to impose their agenda to remain in the spotlight or as an excuse not to honor the promises they made during their elections making them look like a smokescreen to get elected. Natural disasters are beyond our control and momentarily they make us feel the bond of humanity that lies dormant otherwise! And far too soon, we are up to our usual tactics – hitting others below their belt. Don’t we ever grow up or choose to remain a school bully all our lives, generation after generation? Time and again we end up like sheep led by wily few to serve their selfish interests.

Agenda of the Majority

The agenda that the common citizens have is simple enough. It is like no one need tell us what is the right thing to do – it is inborn! Most want to be left in peace – if the leaders cannot be of help, just leave them alone is their plea. Do not drag them into conflicts that pit them at loggerheads with others who have similar yearnings in life. We want to enjoy a peaceful life and how we can achieve that is made easy by following nature’s way, how coexistence is highlighted every moment. Finding meaning in daily life is easy when we have the right attitude. We can choose to spend limited time to earn a living just to meet our basic needs with nature working around the clock. Are we not blessed enough and more?

Those not on our Agenda

What and who drags us into conflicts? What and who are we made to fight against? Are they serious enough to make us kill each other? What for digging past hurts that serve no purpose other than to keep them alive to serve those who are up to no good. Those who instigate such conflicts operate from safe zones and live to see the light of many more days. There are many scapegoats everywhere, anytime. Individually too, we have to look out for danger signals drawing us into petty squabbles, conflict zones, that can cast a pall of gloom for no fault of ours. It can happen at workplace, among friends and even at home. Hence our agenda for a peaceful life can easily be torpedoed by acting on our whims and getting carried away. We should never become tools in the hands of those who are out to manipulate us.

Bridging the Gap

How to bridge the gap between our agenda, what we live for, and those that are thrust upon us giving us no leeway? How to make democracy and freedom work beyond electing our leaders, to make them accountable for their actions? Sadly, emotions trump reason with many taking a view that their beliefs and God will take care of them when they run out of ideas! Being from the same source and relying on similar resources and sources for our sustenance, we survive or perish as one ultimately. With technology following the classic duality in creation, we have to choose either to live through coexistence or perish due to our indiscretion. The day of reckoning draws nearer when many are added to the list of those acquiring weapons of total destruction. Even a mishap in storing them could make such an impact for us tough to recover from. We have to face up to the challenge to fine tune our political systems to make them work to add value to the vast majority as the days of needless conflicts should be put behind. We can only postpone the decision – no more flexing muscles to prove who is mightier as we are becoming too big for our boots by the day! We are not caught unawares; the danger signals are all around us.


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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
15th May 2015 (#)

Interesting share Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Steve for your moderation and motivation through star merit, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Randhir for your enduring support - siva

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author avatar Retired
15th May 2015 (#)

Siva, you ask: Who drags us into conflicts?

My answer to that is: The people who would impose their will, their values, their views, their requirements on me without my agreement.

Live and let live.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Thank you LeRain, that is what almost all look forward to. Only a minority tries to impose their will on others and finally that creates the "carnage". Emotions trump reason as we are just human.

"Live and let live" is a creed that I have been highlighting as a first step towards peace and our Creator shows by example when we notice how other species go about their lives - siva

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author avatar Retired
15th May 2015 (#)

Excellent post!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Thank you CM, appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
15th May 2015 (#)

Yes Siva, we have been told so often yet every generation thinks that might is right. War and killing is not the answer and we could do so much better if we would stop thing that we are better than the other person, whether it's because of our religion or the color of of skin. We have no idea how many times in history that we have reached the pinnacle that we are at today and then been driven back to the stone age. Unless we act now it will happen again. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Yes Kingwell, Einstein has warned us - “I know not sure with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

News report say Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, ordered his Defense chief killed by using anti aircraft fire for disloyalty. And he is threatening neighbors with nuclear weapons to the extent even his close ally, the mighty China, is having sleepless nights! And many countries are after nuclear weapons even on empty stomachs! Human nature is still out to settle old scores through the might of weapons that kill mainly the innocents and I include the soldiers involved.

Picking up the pieces once again will be too harsh a lesson for our "soft" generation to learn from but we seem to be hurtling towards that one way street. Killing others is still taken as the ultimate victory! siva

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author avatar LOVERME
16th May 2015 (#)

I POSTED AN ARTICLE MY LORD ON YOU BUT ...

IS SOMETHING WRONG WIKINUT IS NOT PUBLISHING MY WORKS GETTING LOST WHY CAN ANY ONE SAY WHY?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Sorry to hear this Loverme - should be some technical issue, try later - siva

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author avatar IkeNwosu
16th May 2015 (#)

This is a familiar scene. How the will of the majority is suppressed by the desires of a few with 'power'. Nice write up!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Thank you IkeNwosu, this happens in almost all countries though western democracies could fare better.

It is said "whoever is elected to power, the boss remains the same"! siva

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author avatar Retired
16th May 2015 (#)

Amen to all that Siva! Thank you for sharing your wisdom through your words.

You touch in your opening paragraph on the the way bad news (at the exclusion of good news) is the agenda followed in so much of today's media output.

As a media-type myself, I wholeheartedly agree. We in the Western World are drowning in a sea of mindless destruction, violence and decadence ... both real and fictional. But no-one with influence seems willing to cry out "this has got to stop!"

However, as we all know, there IS good news out there. Indeed, in my own little way, I've been advocating for some time the creation of a mass or print media outlet to turn the tide by concentrating exclusively on the positive, at the exclusion of the negative.

But what can little voices like yours and mine do to achieve that objective? Our resources are limited. In the end, all we have to cling onto is the old maxim of "the pen is mightier than the sword" And long may that continue to be the case.

Press on! Thanks again - Lewis

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Your words are a blessing, encouragement and motivation for me, thanks Lewis.

The media is after news that sell and resort to sensationalism. I was saddened to read Nepal got offended by Indian media going all out for scoops while reporting on the earthquake to the extent it became insensitive. We all should know our limits and balance in life - of course, you have seen it all!

I look around me, and though it may look a cliche to worry about the younger generation, I do wonder where we are leading them - it looks more like the Pied Piper of Hamelin back in action! There is too much of violence in video games that are the rage even with toddlers given a free hand while their parents are busy with their own social media sites. Maybe, as we are becoming more like robots our lives do not matter anymore; everyone is just a digit!

No one is willing to bell the cat. More and more weapons of mass destruction are getting into "wrong" hands when they are traded for profit. And our leaders love their position, power and party more than their countries, the world itself, and humanity. We can end up as "operation successful but patient dead", an apt epitaph for our species. Our Creator could have erred placing us at the top of the pecking order, giving us too much of freedom without enforcing rule of law.and that has resulted in anarchy that we blame each other endlessly. And we want more and more ignoring all that we get for free, more than we can ever hope to produce like the free air we breathe, water we drink, and sunlight that can power us almost for free in future!

Yes, the change has to come from within each of us by lowering the din of noise and cacophony from outside - siva

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author avatar snerfu
17th May 2015 (#)

We must listen to the call of the times. That is our true duty. Very well written I think, Siva. We have to keep up with our agenda.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2015 (#)

Let us not forget the words of Edmund Burke - "The only thing needed for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".

We should lend our shoulders to the wheel of justice for it to gain momentum; it has been mired in a rut due to our indifference, thanks Snerfu - siva

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author avatar snerfu
18th May 2015 (#)

Yes, work is worship. You inspire me. Maybe I will work harder today.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2015 (#)

Work harder not only for today Snerfu, but for days to come and then forever. I would advise to have limits though as Japanese are known to die due to Karoshi - die from overwork. But spending hours on online sites may not be real work;, every rule has an exception! siva

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author avatar Retired
17th May 2015 (#)

"Live and let live"....that should indeed be the motto...for the balancing act.
Exceptional post, Siva. Keep up the good work.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Joyesh for your continuing support, appreciated - siva

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author avatar spirited
17th May 2015 (#)

Your writing certainly brings people like me down from the clouds that I try to walk on siva.

You address the nitty-gritty of living here right on the soil of the Earth, that we are all responsible for looking after.

Stimulating writing indeed, siva.

Here are my own thoughts about this.

What and who drags us into conflicts?

This is an interesting question for any of us to try an answer

Conflict to me starts from an internal stirring of the mix. If the people in power keep mixing in the wrong ingredients, so to speak, the mix will be made to go in a certain direction towards making something other than which God (?), or the majority might want it to go.

If we want a fruitcake, and others want a pizza, what can we do about that?

Change our individual tastes, or complain about it?

There perhaps is no final answer to these questions, and in the end the strong will rule for a while only to find out in the end that they have lost their connection to love, and only then will they also realise that their cooking now never feeds anyone, but actually kills, or leads to the killing of the majority. Every part of oneness has its lessons to learn in one way or another I guess too.

As an old Indian once said,

“Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

And neither can conflict ever solve these problems either, I believe.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Spirited for your thoughtful input. Maybe, only a knock out blow can knock some sense into us! I am thinking of a super volcanic eruption that killed the dinosaurs; just kidding, we are far better than them still!

We have climbed many a mountain that looked insurmountable generations ago; our forefathers paid a heavy price to bequeath the world we live in now. There were injustices galore everywhere and I take a view "let the dead bury their dead" so that each generation starts with a clean slate. Past is truly past and just because siblings can't get along does not mean their children should start off at a disadvantage. This applies to countries too. America dropped the mighty bomb on Japan, which may look a walk in the park now, but we have to take a view nothing happens without a reason! Did he jump or was he pushed - is always a question when no one can turn the clock back!

"You can't be serious, man" from John McEnroe is an apt quote when he questioned the umpire and that is relevant when I see the actions of our leaders. Putin says he will not rule out nuclear option if he is pushed against the wall. Everyone thinks "might is right". Big powers can bully small countries unless the latter has nuclear weapons too and they are ready to go that distance on empty stomachs.

It is time to take a hard look at the mirror and ponder deeply. Time to take a universal referendum to ask the common citizens - "what da ya want, what path do we take" and they will want to be left alone ; let the minority that wants to settle scores go it alone leaving others at peace! siva

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author avatar spirited
18th May 2015 (#)

Yes, thanks siva, that's a great reply, yes, it's time we said also, "you can't be serious, man," I like that!

Even if we are only a small pin, and not a large nail, if we place ourselves on the right seat, and one of these hard-nosed people sit down on us, we might find then that they aren't so hard-headed in that area anyway....LOL...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2015 (#)

Thanks again Spirited - what happens in the world makes us think the way McEnroe queried the umpire in disbelief.

We let our leaders and few out to create havoc off the hook, hoping against hope they will turn around. They make matters from bad to worse trying to treat the symptoms and not the cause. It is time to say in unison - thus far and no more. When we look at others as enemies they become one; so time to turn towards oneness of creation - unity in diversity - siva

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th May 2015 (#)

An excellent portrayal of a most regrettable scenario, acted out by too many regimes and for far too long. I'm not sure if a quick fix solution can present itself in the foreseeable future my friend, but I strongly feel, that if we as the public, can force those of the bureaucracy, to be accountable for their flawed actions, on all fronts, we will finally savour the taste of real justice and freedom for all.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th May 2015 (#)

Thank you TP for your views. Whenever we think of the political system, we feel betrayed that our leaders we elect do not pursue the agenda based on which they were elected. I always wonder what prevents them? I feel it is more of lack of trust at all levels that gives chance for a minority to take advantage of the situation.

With modern technology we can bridge the gap, to make them accountable for their actions that were not on the agenda. We should prevent leaders to find an escape route through destruction and negativity to pull the wool over the eyes of the common citizens - siva

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author avatar vellur
19th May 2015 (#)

Danger signals are all around us but humanity fails to see what is in front of our eyes and even if we see it we choose to ignore it. When push comes to shove the battles start and rage on with bloodshed and loss of precious lives. Great write.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Vellur. It is no more business as usual. The big powers have to work in unison and not like now when it is more like a private army on call! America will exhaust itself with all its adventures.

Peace cannot come through the barrel of guns. There should be clear international understanding - we have to kick start the United Nations after its long slumber! siva

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author avatar Carol
20th May 2015 (#)

Your words are encouraging and wise as always, if there were more people like you Siva, we would not have wars, we would have diplomatic relations. A great write!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol, I have to admit similar sentiments were expressed to my friend when he introduced his boss to me and I helped him resolve an issue.

I feel we gain everything by being diplomatic; okay we forego only ego and pride, but better that we do not carry them along beyond this plane if we want to land up where we all intend to! siva

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author avatar Retired
21st May 2015 (#)

This was a very nice and very thoughtful essay! I agree that the average person is being played at the moment. Sadly, I remember hearing a philosopher one time theorize that people go to war because they're bored. Sadly for most people, when there is a void in their lives, they often turn to violence.

I also wish for peace. However, that desire for peace is challenged in modern times when atrocities are being carried out on a global scale. If you don't fight them, they only continue their carnage. Yet if you do fight them you contribute to the vicious cycle.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st May 2015 (#)

Thank you for your comment Andros Pope. I also get a feel that our leaders want to keep us riveted through wars, the world is increasingly their stage to show their prowess!

We have to take on atrocities and injustices but our leaders are in a way playing into the hands of those who perpetrate them. The big powers are always in a proxy war, be they countries or beliefs. And armaments are traded for profit all the time but we lament later they end up in "wrong hands".

The only way is for all to work under a broad framework as sooner or later that will be the road to take for our survival. The majority everywhere has to tackle injustices within their own - I mean they should not allow a minority to hijack their beliefs and then cry in despair "the great Satan" is in their midst again! siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
21st May 2015 (#)

Beautiful and ~ yes ~ very uplifting as well ~ Siva. I particularly like ~ and fully agree ~ these two statements:
"Finding meaning in daily life is easy when we have the right attitude."
"We should never become tools in the hands of those who are out to manipulate us."

Blessings of God's continued Amazing Grace to you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st May 2015 (#)

Thanks indeed Helen, you have a kind heart to give such wholesome and motivating response.

It is time for us to rise higher in our evolution as we are going nowhere in the way carry on - endless strife that only kill the innocents mostly - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
22nd May 2015 (#)

Ah dear Siva ...
I am late as usual in responding to your work , but I pray , not too late .
I believe it is the carnal nature of mankind that wars against reason and goodness , and , as you have so many times pointed out to us yourself ...Greed and hatred have been the root cause of so many conflicts whereby man does not allow his fellow man ( even in his own nation and creed ) live side by side in peace .
There is only one way to bridge the gap , and that is through the cross of Jesus Christ , the Saviour of the world ...if we let it ..Then we will have true peace through Him who gave His all to save us from destruction .
God richly bless you always dear friend .
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd May 2015 (#)

Thank you dear Stella, my work is incomplete without your comments and blessings.

I feel our Creator just holds back;not yet - is his refrain to intercede in our petty quarrels that obfuscate our mission here as co-creators. The student should also listen and be willing to learn - we can take a horse to the pond but will never force it to drink.

It is better that we learn our lessons the hard way, or not at all; yes, our time could well be running out with potent toys accumulated and cherished more than family jewels - siva

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author avatar Mr. Mamun
22nd May 2015 (#)

hmm....really interesting.......

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for your comments Mr. Mamun - siva

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author avatar Subra
29th May 2015 (#)

Dear Siva, the majority is always held to ransom by the minority because of power and as we all know power corrupts. There is so much talk that majority rights have been trampled upon, but nothing is done to bell the cat! The minority strong always tends to control the majority weak and the weak becomes powerless!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th May 2015 (#)

Thank you dear Subra for your words of encouragement. I am reminded of the words "The meek shall inherit the Earth"; it is interpreted to mean - "those who forgo worldly power will be rewarded in the kingdom of heaven."

Hopefully, those who play out the majority will face comeuppance here or hereafter, and also the majority will get their rightful dues here that have been denied all along. Let us press on - siva

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