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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Diversity

                                        Diversity
If we create a wordle for ‘Diversity’ then it may throw up certain inevitable terms which have very deep meanings, multiple shades of meanings and myriad interpretations.

All these are almost eternally relevant, present, and unavoidable but need to be understood in proper perspective without either denying or defying them.


They are broadly:- Variety, Identity veneration, Extremism, Division, Synergy, Tolerance, Global outlook and governance, Unity, Perspective and Attitude.  










Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Politics as a predominant and all pervasive factor

Politics is a very important and inevitable component of social evolution.

Politics, can we avoid it in any domain?

And does punctuation really requires a very fastidious scrutiny?

Well. One cannot play an instrument without tuning nor paint a canvass without drenching the brush in paint.

1. When everything from the price and quality of tooth paste you use after you wake up in the early morning to the electricity charges for your bed room night lamp is determined by political dispensation of some form or other it is rather bad to be indifferent to politics, though one need not or can refrain from active or hyper active participation and also avoid getting entrenched in it.

2. Let me address this punctuation issue and then come to the rest.

Punctuation:-
When thoughts, ideas, opinions gush forth like a cascade or a cyclone little do they bother about the twigs and saplings on the way. The flow and force get prioritized and the recipient is not even in the scheme of things.
I suggest everyone to read one of world’s leading linguist Steven Pinker’s [of Harvard ]‘The sense of style’ -‘The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century’ -from page 284 on Punctuation. This chapter covers very comprehensively the complete width and depth of  the uses and usefulness of punctuations.
“ The problem for the writer is that punctuation indicates prosody in some places, syntax in others, and neither of them consistently anywhere…..Even the sticklers cannot agree how to stickle….In 2003 the journalist Lynne Truss in her wonderful book ‘Eats, Shoots &Leaves’ ..decries the punctuation errors she  spotted in ads,..newspapers. In 2004 New Yorker Review the critic Louis Menand decries punctuation errors he spotted in Truss’s book. In Guardian …the English scholar John Mullan decries the punctuation flaws he spotted in Menand’s review”
The world functions on thoughts and ideas and not punctuation marks.

3. Politics is so pervasive the more you avoid it the more you get drawn into it, so none of the subjects mentioned by you are unsullied by politics.

4. I have read the best books of politics in those domains namely science, language, philosophy and by extension history of civilization which involved these three subjects and I have also written blogs posts on these for which I shall give the links.

5. Before I proceed further by politics we can broadly mean or confine our definition based on merely denotation [not the multiple connotations] as scheming, domination, command and control mechanism, appropriating or taking undue credits and allegations, depriving what is due to the correct entity or person. In this aspect politics is a very important component of social evolution.

6. Science:-


7. Language:-


8.  History: - Here I am confining only to recent ones for easy reference to authenticity


9. Philosophy:- what is meant by it?
Most of the popular encyclopedias on philosophy do not have even references to Ramana Maharishi, J. Krishna Murthy, Sri Aurobindou, Osho, Bertrand Russell, worse still Confucius, Voltaire some of the best philosophers.


10. The following badly made transcript of a speech is really worth reading for its content


11. Politics:-

12. Politics in arts is too vast.

13. Sports and politics go hand in hand and so in my opinion we cannot avoid politics in any domain.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Self conscious generation of balance, self restraint and synergy are the needs of the hour.

Self conscious generation of balance, self restraint and synergy are the needs of the hour.

A retired judge also has sent this to me [1] but I did not have time nor bother to read it.

So, Mahesh thanks a lot for reminding me so that I did not miss this excellent piece.

It is indeed a nice piece of wonderfully articulated instruction manual for many in most of the situations.
It is very apt and timely.

The biggest problem in this country is most of us have lot of great principles but we tend to prioritize the principle of expediency; prioritize justification over reason; prioritize ritualistic observations over contextual relevance; prioritize out-dated traditions over humanism; prioritize sanctity over social welfare and thereby allow self proclaimed liberals therefore to inject or extrapolate irrelevant social justice norms to demolish the inherent meaning, attributes, logic, beauty of many things.

All these follow a contorted logic of breaking the behavior of bondage with unbridled anarchy.

Somewhere a balance must be brought in and moderation must be made mandatory.

Unless we attend to this, the scourge of Identity and Extremism will haunt us for generations [2].


We live in a society which is hunting with telescopes for controversies, stethoscopes to auscultate [to listen] to sensitive statements and microscopes to mine out scandals and project all issues with great hype with profound superficiality of the main subject of discussion.

Free expression has become the preserve of a few and the rest will have to use diplomatically filtered nuanced terminologies cautiously and carefully slip them like a chef slipping a baby corn or chilli bhajji into a pan of boiling oil.


Inadvertent mistakes due to ignorance or gullibility or vulnerability or due to impressionable age without enough experience and then sometimes providence inflicted one may also occur, besides these intentional mistakes, errors, frauds are also committed by many or perhaps all in varying degrees with varying intensities either as inevitable aspect of compromises required to please societal pressures or what in modern day we call it as contextual convenience like no time to take care of the old, no time to spend with the child or entertain relations etc.

Worst part is committing frauds with impunity and sometimes as a matter of entitlement, privilege and prestige is all the more rampant at present.

Unless the correction comes from within the individual or system, the counter to these could become counterproductive or chaotic as in the case of BCCI.

It is only a question of how much is too much or how far is too far or how bad is too dangerous.

Human beings are tuned to take pleasure in gambling, guessing, predicting, exploring multiple options/possibilities and experiment all and then through experience get educated or enlightened.

So, everywhere human beings like to use as a strategy of circumventing the norms, manipulating, looking for short cuts and loop holes, and seeking multiple interpretations out of context of even great scriptures and so on.

But then, wherever possible for a just and preferably less problematic and more peaceful cohabitation of human beings as a species we also require framing, forming and following certain set of rules.

Besides these human beings also inherently have the tendency to command, control and dominate for which often these very rules cross the limit and try to treat the whole human species as a homogenous or uniform group to be governed and controlled.
Homogenization leading to hegemony as in the case of  Roman empire, Nazism, Spanish inquisition and so on.

Human ingenuity to create avenues is not centered on anything but tangential in its path.
It is myriads of melodies, multiple mutations which unfortunately need to be harmonized with synergy and syncretism to survive smoothly as a species.     
There is no species known as 100% perfect, satisfied, content, capable, happy, peaceful human being;
It is because some parts or pieces try to dominate our thoughts, ideas, activities and our whole being;

If we use only excess of heart and be too emotional and cry when someone is suffering from accident with broken leg and dripping blood on the road no use. We must use our brain and take him to a hospital;

If we use only excess of brain and dry intellect and philosophize without emotion like when our parent dies if we stand and say ‘anyway everyone born must die one day’ we lack the heart and we do not acknowledge our emotional and sentimental attachment to them;

If we use only excess of material comforts and think only about it then we become a well equipped robots without heart, brain or life;

If we use only excess of pursuit of spiritual enlightenment and neglect our physical well being then we not only misuse the human body and also become a burden to others;

These are predispositions or conditions which exist in varying degrees in every individual.

So, balance is required and there cannot be any single template for balance for all for all times because at different contexts or situations different faculties must predominate to create optimum utility.

Single individual also cannot be or may not be capable of manifesting this balance spontaneously in every situation or context because his or her predominant feature or characteristic or disposition will block the person from doing it effectively.

This is where team work is important with clear cut roles and responsibilities to be carried with professionalism and synergy towards desired goal.

This applies in all domains.






Friday, February 10, 2017

Inherent meaning,attributes,logic,beauty beyond self styled liberals claim to be rational

Everything has its own inherent meaning,attributes,logic,beauty which may not and need not fit into what is projected and perceived and sometimes also irrelevantly trying to proclaim as not satisfying the requirements of an ideal social justice norms which those self styled liberals claim to be rational.

Hyper emotional, over reactive and exaggeration

Some of the causes of oil spills are equipment break down, natural disasters and accidents and of course there are also easily avoidable mistakes and intentionally inflicted atrocious actions like sabotage, disposing of unwanted oil into sea etc.

But then unless and until the appropriate agencies investigate we cannot assume or conclude anything.

My points are, of lately:-

Why we have this tendency to become hyper emotional and over reactive to every issue?

Why should we over exaggerate or despise anything or anyone?

Why can’t we see accidents as accidents and get down to remedial measures to repair the damages that have been caused?

Why do we need to find fault with someone or blame something for every issue blindly?

Why do we jump to conspiracy theories on all issues?

One of the most common causes of oil spill is an accident due to various factors.


I remember Henry Miller who said, ““Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.”

Acronym

But then acronym is one of the most instantly impactful rhetorical device as well as useful and effective mnemonic tool, all the more effective if one can pack in the denotations, connotations and probable definitions in it. It is an obsessive disorder worth having like bibliophile or melomaniac or a musicophile. I use it extensively for example

Two dragons one the Paid lies of MSM and the self styled experts of social media forwarders.

Over simplification, hyper ventilation and other weaknesses of our present society portend dangerous trends.

Sir first all these need radical changes in the constitution.

Our constitution itself is not an original one taking into account any factor of our regional peculiarities into consideration or any cultural context.

It is a tinkered version of some other works.

So, over simplification put forth as suggestions as an emotional reaction or even as a reasonable notion may not fructify in reality however well intended it may be.

Though, it may evoke some responses, reactions, responsible and reasonable debates.

Unfortunately we as a nation also suffer from certain great weaknesses in many spheres which we never bother to address and even when someone addresses them we are keener on assigning ulterior motives rather than long term benefits that such measures can deliver to all.

Most of us have very healthy public opinions and filthy private operations.

For example, when someone has a heart attack we seek the opinion of a cardiac specialist, when someone has a tooth ache we rush to the dentist. We do not even bother to inform our regular family general physician who has been treating us for the past many decades.

Is it wrong? No, it is only logical because we need specialist opinion, specialist involvement whether it is attending to drainage blockage or blood vessel blockage.

But how many of our big business houses or medium business operators trust professionals to run the whole business, empower professionals to make decisions professionally without the interference of promoters, owners, or investors. Though by all means they can involve, suggest, advice and even object but allow the professionals a freehand.

I am just referring as an example to a small segment of social life and if we look deeper this benign cancer is operating in all realms.


Unfortunately, this inherent indifference to specialization is getting replaced and the gullible public and volatile youth are also swung between the two dragons one the Paid lies of MSM [main stream media] and the self styled experts of social media forwarders.

These destroy not only well informed debates and deliberations but replace it with some form of ideological populism which is excessively spiced up like most Indian dishes are and they are also self destructive .

Whisper of rumors, sliver of fictions, quiver of reactions snowballing into mass opinions and reality through social media can bury the importance of social media as bias and lies have buried most of the MSMs [Main Stream Media].

In the context of politics, political leadership involves multiple skill sets, most of which have nothing to do with any academic qualification, family affiliation or affluence.

Some of them could be listed as:-  a natural flair and ability to run an administration, organize, command and control mechanism with firm [sometimes authoritarian] decision making abilities, alertness to tackle manipulations and maneuvers, manage many characters, individuals and issues, grasp public sentiments and grab every opportunity to increase political power, clarity of understanding based on vision and an ability to manage a team to carry out that with a missionary zeal.


So, finding fault with politicians, blaming them for everything and making totally impractical to implement suggestions are ploys and easy escape routes to divert the attention of the masses from making or even attempting make well informed choices or decisions.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Circadian rhythm

There are many possibilities and probabilities that exist between, besides and beyond these portrayals of ‘yes and no’ models.

This Circadian rhythm is known to many for many years.

The basis of evolution in any sphere is about change, metamorphosis and adaptation and not status quo or stagnation.

It is one of the many important aspects of nature’s importance and impact on life.

But then what do mothers of babies do? They remain awake mostly at night.

What do rag pickers all over the world do? Can they do it during day time?

Can pilots and train drivers prefer to operate only between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.?

What about night patrolling police force can they sleep?

What about news paper distribution?

What about milk that gets delivered at home by 4 or 5 a.m.?

What about the viewers of these types of shows [mostly useless and blunting and wrapping thinking]?

Life as it is now, has evolved through centuries of various permutations and is constantly trying to adapt to emerging situations and trends.

All other species do not use computers and internet or lights.

Elephant can eat raw tree barks and a tiger can see very well in the dark can human being do these?

Life must not be debated in terms of a pendulum swinging between fixed polarities of yes or no; good or bad; right or wrong; vice or virtue; moral or immoral and so on.

There are many possibilities and probabilities that exist between, besides and beyond these portrayals of ‘yes and no’ models.

Polarities, opposites, varieties, contradictions are part of nature but they need not be and preferably must not be labeled as paradoxes, divisions and misused as discriminatory devices.

When such things are done in any sphere it smacks of intolerant perspective and a negative attitude.

On the contrary these polarities and differences remind us of the necessities of compromises, adjustments, tolerance etc.

Those who have the luxury of leading a life as per the circadian rhythm are blessed individuals.

Those who can eat and live on uncooked organic vegetables and fruits are lucky souls.

However, to hold it as an argument propounding it as the only correct mode of living is stretching the argument too much in unidirectional mode and not at all feasible or recommendable for the present day.

Human beings are blessed to be able to experiment many things and use them.

If some of them misuse them it is sad.

Similarly, if certain traditional comforts in life style are required to be compromised for a better trade off then comforts will give way to compromises.

Most of these TV debates, fortunately I never see, except when forwarded by someone in close circles in social media, are not only anchored by someone but they are also anchored to certain predetermined stance or position to influence the perception especially of youth of impressionable age and act as mass opinion molders for which many gullible persons fall a prey.

Instead make children watch interviews and debates BBC; they are really open and broad minded exchange of views.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Names and numerology

Names and numerology

Steven Pinker in his book ‘The stuff of Thought ‘devotes one full chapter titled ‘What’s in a name?’ really worth reading.

 “So what's in a name? The answer, we have seen, is, a great deal. In the sense of a morphological product, a name is an intricate structure, elegantly assembled by layers of rules and lawful even at its quirkiest. And in the sense of a listeme, a name is a pure symbol, part of a cast of thousands, rapidly acquired because of a harmony between the mind of the child, the mind of the adult, and the texture of reality.”

http://contentwriteups.blogspot.in/2014/08/what-is-there-in-name.html

 

Perhaps names were the only thing that tried to escape mathematics but then numerologist ensured that they didn’t.

 



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Who am I? Or who are WE?

Who am I? Or who are WE?

One’s physical frame is not only confined to a mere anatomical piece of biochemical meat but also propelling vast spectrum of free flowing energy;

One’s  mind is not only confined to the mere cumulative knowledge, thoughts, ideas, emotions but also a free flowing spirit capable of grasping and gaining in evolutionary emancipation of greater potentialities;

One’s conscious awareness, some may call it as soul or inner spirit, is not only confined by any religious or ideological identity but also a vibration which may gain as a part of many universal and infinite vibrations of multiple frequencies  in the process of  its evolutionary enlightenment as an advanced species.

However, to suit our limited perception we limit our perspective and limit our progress too.

So, any factor or facet of conception of confinement is intrinsically against human spirit and therefore prevents a broader or proper understanding of the grandeur of humanity.

Therefore, any and every identity cage, however large or ornamented is still a cage.

http://contentwriteups.blogspot.in/2016/11/the-scourge-of-identity-and-extremism.html