Remove Source of Friction

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We need to break down the sources of friction that hold us back from realizing our true potential. Not only are we provided with the needed capabilities, but also the Creator holds our hands in subtle ways. Time to open our eyes.

Future Matters

We tend to beat about the bush than confront issues head-on. Ordinary mortals can be excused for taking a beaten path, but should we not expect more from our leaders? Sadly, they not only avoid cardinal issues crying for resolution, but add to their number. We are emotional beings and once an issue takes root it is tough to get it out of our system. I always ponder - is it worth fighting over past hurts over which we had no control? Rather, learn the lessons – both the victors and vanquished - so as not to repeat the follies. We have information at our finger tips now, not like earlier times when every stranger was a potential enemy; at least till they proved their credentials. Modern world is a human amalgam.

Enemies Abound.

Countries are itching to settle old scores. But enemies and friends change all the time. America is ready to defend Japan now. It is sort of a challenge, dare, thrown at China – a basic primordial human instinct to flex muscles. Then one party is supposed to get cowed and retreat at the last moment from the brink. If no one blinks human lives in thousands to millions are history. Will we never grow up? When we have much better options to find peace than jump to what should be the very last resort – war.

Enmity is our nemesis for enjoying bliss. We know of siblings unable to get along all their lives and even going hammer and tong against each other. Imagine the anguish of their parents who leave this world in bewilderment and despair. Sometimes, they are caught in between; what a way to lead their final moments trying to balance their act! Only way is for one to take the initiative for peace and then soon it is hunky-dory. However, pride and prejudice come in the way even between countries. It festers because of few – it is time for the majority to put the few against each other’s throats directly and not to use others. Then their bluff will be called!

Persistent Issues

The issues of friction are persistent but the saving grace is the common citizens want to be left out of the conundrum though they get milked dry, used as pawns and made to pay the price for the folly of others. In democratic countries the leaders put up a great show, much theatrics, for them to stay in the limelight – finally it is much ado about nothing, making a mountain out of a molehill! It is time to call time on such frivolous, time wasting, self-defeating and expensive antics.

Few Control Levers of Power

Democracy or not, few manipulate and they have wealth, but their conscience blighted by greed that knows no bounds. In democracies it is time we had new blood to take charge. The future belongs to the younger generation, but what prevents them from stepping in, and stepping on the accelerator for change? The issue is they feel politics is a cesspool and those who walk in will be caught in a vicious current. There will be no turning back and their lives get sullied forever. But let us not forget we are made of sterner stuff to resort to blind fury as a desperate last resort. It is time indeed for a sea-change in our landscape and to tackle issues head-on.

Doors Waiting to Open

Once we are rid of past baggage a breath of fresh air should envelope us – that time is due. The majority has given a long rope to the few who have created mayhem. They have had enough of benefit of doubt. It is time some psychological pain is inflicted on the few, who have ill-gotten hoard, for them to change for the better. The world will be a much better place when everyone counts and are not digits just casting their votes and then forgotten. Time to act on injustices that are palpable – why close our eyes? Even a child is aware of them! Nip them in the bud and sow the right seeds so that we live to reap their fruits. So far we have lacked the will and many have left our shores with a feeling that this world is less than fair. They hoped against hope till their last moments. So the time is nigh and it is not as business as usual.

One World Approach

The most potent way to get results for our persistent ills is to tackle those issues that confront everyone, everywhere. They are mostly man-made, not excluding women! Poverty is the main trigger point for strife as a hungry person is an angry person. Then make wars history and for that disarmament is the starting and, maybe, the ending point too. Now we are facing what we have sown – nuclear arms getting outdated – they were made to kill thousands, now “better” ones are crying to be sold! Energy is another issue – we can make them not only abundant but also spread it across the world through clean energy - solar and wind. Now the big corporations are profit-led and pay lip service to corporate responsibility. The potential is there to make poor countries get revenue from supplying energy to the rich like from sunny Africa to cloudy Europe. Endless possibilities but to seize the day we have to shed negative thinking and march towards a new Age of Enlightenment. Let the Age Entitlement be history! Onward, forward, we go to a deserving future for mankind and the Creator has endowed us with enough capabilities and holding our hands in subtle ways! Let us open our eyes to reality!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark, appreciate your encouragement through awarding star merit - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you for your great words. Friction in life is never pleasant, so sad when people intentionally cause friction and make life harder for others.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Mark. Sadly, some make it as a way of life and, worse, take out their frustrations on the most vulnerable, close family members. I have also seen in traditional families, others put up with them, play along. We also know of few at workplaces. Are they planted there for some purpose? Then we have countries where their leaders make other countries as perennial enemies - easier that way to stay in power than solve their internal issues! siva

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author avatar Rubinstyn Bluthenthal
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Hi Siva,
As usual your post are right on the mark. I have followed your articles and your ideology seems logical and the points you make are valid. Your heart seems to be in the right place too.

It seems that those of us who attempt to live as responsible individuals feel that it is our duty to bring light into this darkened world. Let us step back and take a moment to ponder the circumstances we are involved with.

Holy Scripture tells us who we are, how we got here, how to live a Godly and fruitful life and the consequences of evil and sinful behavior. One can either accept the Word on faith or not, after all we do have a freewill to choose.

I am reminded of a man who was observed hitting himself on the head with a hammer repeatedly and when he was question about this unusual behavior, his reasoning was "It feels so good when I stop!"

Personally after examining just about all possibilities of seeking truth from other men (who were no more enlightened than myself at that time), I turned to the Holy Scriptures for relief and after diligently seeking God's truth, I find that His Word does in fact work as advertised. Like anything else worth obtaining in this life, work must be put in to get the reward … no shortcuts.

What I have obtained (God's perfect peace in my heart) and what I had to do to obtain it, I am willing to share with all. I truly feel that we are all seeking this whether we admit it to ourselves or not.

In the meantime my dear friend, please continue to publish those outstanding articles. Though at times it may seem that you are "preaching to the choir" you never know when the light may be illuminated for that single person who has been stumbling in darkness by your eloquent messages.

God bless you and your efforts.

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author avatar acrogodess
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Humans as you say are emotional creatures. While it is logical to think rationally and realize that we are all physically the same and the majority of us have similar morals and values and want good things and to prosper, unfortunately we carry and us versus them mentality. Perhaps if that mentality can change and we can focus on all of us as a whole, we can be less egocentric and emotional when deciding global matters.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you for your comments Acrogodess. We should live as a part of a team, become team players. Healthy competition is welcome, but soon it degenerates into pulling down others ahead of us. We have the technology to make solar energy ubiquitous but some want to hold on to monopoly forgetting that humanity across the world will benefit if they let go their hold.

And when we carry grudge it only punishes us endlessly. Our forefathers had their reasons to live the way they did and we should look ahead learning from their mistakes as well as their good qualities. Now we try to settle scores at various levels and that makes us go into a vicious circle. The sad part is some take a view we cannot change and history is bound to repeat, but my take is we should actively play our part as co-creators. Our role in staying alive is limited and nature does the major part. We are blessed as our Creator keeps us alive, goading and prodding us, but it is up to each species to find its destiny - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Dear Rubinstyn, such kind words make my day, make my efforts worth their while. They can come only from a generous heart, thank you, you are indeed blessed. I will continue to spread the cheer and share experiences from my life. I am blessed that it is not a bed of roses!

That my posts touch so many across the world humbles me. I always kept an open mind. I wanted to understand all beliefs, even atheists who have their own reasons for their lack of belief. I have lived within communities that had varied beliefs but one light, the light of humanity, shines through everywhere.

We are one and the same and I believe the spark of creation is within us and guides us, but we are given many choices to lead our lives the way we want to. I have seen few countries are at each other's throats, but their citizens find each other with the same attitude to life. That means we are manipulated by few. Our lifestyles are similar and also our daily concerns. When we all exist as one inclusive community - from each according to ability and to each as per need - we are almost there, knocking at Heaven's gate while alive. I want to leave this blessed place quickly and without regrets.

The secret to happiness is to live for others so that they also live for us! siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Feb 2014 (#)

I love the line about make wars history, Siva. If only we could achieve this. As the song goes, what a wonderful world it would be.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

We should all play our part, Connie - each can do but little, but if each does that little, all will be done! A simple act of kindness touches many hearts, and don't forget we are watched not only by the Creator but also by the many co-creators in our midst. Then they also will do likewise, so let us set the ball rolling - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Feb 2014 (#)

such an indepth look again at human nature siva...and how higher nature is achievable if the right road is taken...many thanks..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina for your support and encouragement. We should do what is right and what it is no one else has to tell us! siva

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author avatar spirited
15th Feb 2014 (#)

If one man could make a difference your writing could certainly inspire more than just that one that you are!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Spirited for your generous words of support. What I share with our dear friends here is based on my life experiences. Your words are indeed an encouragement for my endeavors - siva

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author avatar Mariah
15th Feb 2014 (#)

I endorse your comment spirited.
Your writings are a profound path of wisdom, inspiration and compassion Siva.
Thank you for sharing another of your excellent and uplifting posts.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Mariah, you have always been an ardent supporter and that goads me to strive for better. When I get such kind words of support I feel truly gratified - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Most interesting as always.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir for your comments, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Carol
16th Feb 2014 (#)

You always speak such wise words in your posts siva, thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you for your support, Carol - siva

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author avatar Subra
17th Feb 2014 (#)

It is strange dear Siva but friction is said to be a necessary evil because it is useful as well as harmful. It plays a huge role in our lives.
Without friction life would simply disappear, yet it causes so much distress to human beings in real life situations when mismanaged. When we cannot see eye to eye with someone else, friction results and so it is between nations. As we humans are all made up differently, I don't know how we can eradicate friction from our lives because it is also a life-sustaining force that helps us in so many ways.

Congrats once again dear Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Subra for your comments. I am not talking about healthy differences of opinion and any friction arising therefrom. I have highlighted issues that keep major powers at loggerheads with a spark enough to start a major conflagration involving millions of innocent lives. These are kept alive by few for own ends, needling others needlessly. Weapons of mass destruction is a major sore point that only few are entitled to have them. That will never work as that means some are permanently consigned to second class. It is human instinct to fight such hypocrisy.

As I have stated major powers should set an example. Now people move all over the world within a day and let us just say no to naysayers of peace. We are living in a global village with many from China wanting to relocate to America and Canada; then what for the brinkmanship between them? siva

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author avatar M G Singh
18th Feb 2014 (#)

This is a nice post, hope men heed it

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan for the thumbs up - siva

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author avatar Retired
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Siva, you have hit the nail on the head yet again. If global wealth, food stock and technology could be more evenly distributed, the world would be a better, safer place. We can't always lay the blame at the feet of corporations, governments, the man in the street, natural disasters, etc. We must all accept some degree of responsibility. The climate, culture and wealth of every country is undergoing change, and rarely for the betterment of the people. If we are pacifists, we are seen as cowards, if we are soldiers, we are seen as murderers, if we are police officers, we are seen as brutes, if we are religious we could be branded as terrorists, if we bury our head in the sand, we are traitors, if we are politicians or corporate CEOs, we can simply say 'it's not my fault'.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike, well said. We have to say enough is enough of blaming each other. Some take a view it is human nature to be greedy; so just grin and bear it! And it cannot be an ideal world.

Topmost among ills is greed. Gandhi said - there is enough in our world to meet our needs, but not the greed. Now few manage to get away scotfree from the long arm of law. I believe behind every great fortune there is a crime. And natural resources should belong to the country, people and as borders are man-made, they should belong to the entire world. The best natural resource will prove to be from the sun and the fossil fuels are from it, stored over millions of years, that we exploit as if there is no tomorrow. We are in the cusp of making solar energy ubiquitous.

I do hope we will have a taste of the Age of Enlightenment as we know what we have to do and the majority are showing the way. Let true democracy reign by the will of the majority - siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Feb 2014 (#)

I agree with you, greed is an evil that can cause problems of the greatest magnitude. But greed always result in downfall. No person, even no empire, is immune. I often wonder how royals feel about their wealth. Did it come from plundering and pillaging in past centuries? It surely didn't all come as gifts from inhabitants of the grateful colonies. Apparently, my ancestors were not originally from London. It seems we were once wealthy landowners in the southeast of England. But that came to an end some time in the 11th century when the Normans invaded and 'stole' the castle and lands we owned, and even the villagers we owned. If the Normans stole my property today, I would sue them. Of course, I could never take on a powerful modern corporation.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Feb 2014 (#)

Thought provoking Mike and thank you for your input. Greed eats into the the very innards of society leaving it bleeding. It is easier to borrow $100 from a poor man than from the rich. I lived through a decadent communist regime where the leaders thrived while keeping the people poor as poverty is the raison d'etre for their survival. However, I strongly feel we should control greed within limits as natural resources are cornered through power and wealth. And also, short term gains get priority like for taking huge bonuses by investment bankers and when their deeds come to roost they had left for safer pastures with their "loot".
For me anything beyond my needs is a liability! Bill Gates had stated years ago that any sum bequeathed beyond a limit - he had mentioned $10 million - will be a liability for children. I also understand Warren Buffet has given very little to his children.

I had met people offering tones of gold supposedly belonging to Marcos and Suharto at discounted prices with photos of them in bank vaults! siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Feb 2014 (#)

Hello Siva. $10 million will be a liability. I can't even count that far. It seems to have been proven that President Soeharto didn't have any wealth stashed away. Having met President Soeharto and had close contact with some members of his family, I doubt that such wealth was ever accumulated. I don't know about Marcos.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks Mike for your share. Life is to be enjoyed in all its variety than counting money as rich are wont to do. President Suharto had humble family background and he rose though the military ranks. I remember when an Australian daily - I think it was Melbourne Age or Herald - alleged nepotism in 1986, the military chief, Benny Moerdani, stepped in stating that as per Javanese custom it was the bounden duty of the successful to help their poor relatives - maybe, different cultural ethos at play. Some cronies did make hay much more than Suharto himself as it happens. Saddam and Qaddafi paid the price but their cronies should have escaped with their loot. Yes, Suharto's billions could be like Saddam's WMD - figment of fertile imagination and an excuse to get rid of them!

Regarding Marcos wealth, there were millions stashed away not forgetting the thousands of infamous shoes and sandals of Imelda Marcos! siva

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author avatar vpaulose
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Great post on harmonious life. Let us all aim at it. Thank you dear Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks for your support dear VP - siva

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author avatar vellur
20th Feb 2014 (#)

Great post, it is high time that we opened our eyes to reality. As you say the one world approach is the best approach.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Vellur. The chips will fall automatically in place when we live in tune with the common bond of humanity than pick on differences that touch raw nerves - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva for a most interesting post as well as discussion here.There is no doubt in my mind but that we are at a crossroads and the next few years will decide whether we move to the next stage in our spiritual evolution, or if humanity is relegated to the stone age.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. I am reminded of Einstein's words after reading your comment - I do not know with what weapons a Third World War will be fought with, but the forth will be with sticks and stones! That is the harsh reality that we are facing. We have little choice anyway - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Mar 2014 (#)

Siva I hear and understand the urgency and soundness of your article, "your voice of reason" is both inspiring and frightening... it is a much needed plea!...thank you Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia for your never failing supporting words and encouragement - siva

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author avatar Maria Malone
5th Mar 2014 (#)

Wonderful post Siva, you certainly do you part to bring awareness to global issues. God bless you for your humanitarian efforts!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Maria for your kind words of encouragement. I look around and feel I should highlight the injustices inflicted on the majority by few selfish. Democratic systems and freedom has not made a dent on the inequalities. Some feel nothing can be done and that attitude saddens me - siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, Siva, catching up on some of my favorite writers and just finished this one of yours. As per usual, you have identified a problem and then given your universal solutions. That is one of the things I most admire in your writing. Thank you. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Marilyn. I always look forward to your comments and support to make my efforts worth the while. I read every word of your posts before commenting and I know I have a lot of catching up to do! siva

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Your presentation and your clear-sighted wisdom make this an exceptional page Siva..
You make sense of a world gone mad my friend.\0/xxx

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Songbird for your encouragement. We are still within a vicious circle filled with suspicion, selfish pursuits and greed. We should look back at history, learn the lessons, and open the door to a world that we know is there for us. We are given a feast by our creator and our contribution can start with not destroying what is given on a silver platter - siva

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