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Monday, December 5, 2016

Division and Oneness

                                    Division and Oneness

Division are merely the visible manifestations of  some deep rooted causes like excessive identity veneration of all hues which are enhanced by constant emphasis on differences and further fueled by multiple vested interest institutions to manipulate like some media houses, some political leaders, some religious leaders and various ideology peddlers.

What is needed is an unbiased understanding of reality and a better realization of oneness among all; what in reality is whole and not divided; and a conscious effort towards generating synergy to create unity among inherent and inevitable polarity not paradoxes; generate synergy amid contradictions and variety.

We need to see and accept what are the differences and find solutions within them to create unity. I would like to visualize an acronym of DIVISION like this:-

Differences are
Variety is
Inherent and
Synergy is
Indispensable to
Nicely the Oneness of all. 

The following links give a glimpse into topics related to identity, variety, unity, wholeness, polarity principle, realization of oneness etc.

Plans and decision making

Neither Shewag nor anyone bowling to him can plan for his late cuts but the impact and execution are a delight to watch.

Plans by themselves, if we brush aside the management books could be predictable plans, prescribed pattern of plans, unorthodox plans, unexpected plans, incomprehensible plans etc.

Modern economy and politics are too complicated because the flexibility required for accommodating emerging trends, contexts and tackling crooked players of all hues and types.

Media or stereotyped academicians fixing terminologies and labels and expecting everyone to accept them with axiomatic certitude and consider them as an eternal constant like the North Star is just plain stupidity.

I wish, instead that these media persons start their scripts with a better understanding of the prevailing contexts and roll out relevant material.

Recently in the past two few days I have been countering unending tirade of suggestions from academically well qualified people.
The replies are in the following two links:-

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Is it possible to de-clutter the unending debates on demonetization? Or is it possible to oversimplify certain things in ‘Black and White’?

Is it possible to de-clutter the unending debates on demonetization? Or is it possible to oversimplify certain things in ‘Black and White’?

Getting into the kerfuffle of the much mussed up subject of most of the happenings in political and economic fronts especially in present scenario would be risking reputations and exposing lack of lucid understanding.

It is dangerous to over simplify something referred to by a single word or term for convenience of easy recognition but in reality is something that involves multiple factors of various hues and colors- clear, vague, intentionally masked etc-all very clumsily and inextricably interwoven and messily struck together.

Some of the things are not even distinctly visible threads for us to decipher the knotty spots, rather it is has no slubs and a clueless clew of knotted messy lump of  multicolored threads [நூல் கண்டு சிடுக்கு] soaked in thick mud of politicization further rendered fuzzy by the muddy waters of media interpretations.

What is predominantly being done is reacting to reactions and presumed repercussions.

While some are trying to sincerely decipher the long term implications and impacts for which certain difficult measures [I do not want to even qualify them as economic, financial or political] are primarily introduced.

The pity is most of the self styled or proclaimed specialists in various realms who have been in great slumber for more than six decades are demanding definition for ‘how long will it take to see long-term impacts’.

I think the visual presentation below will explain what is happening in modern day economics, politics and the cyber world.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What decides decision making?

                                   What decides decision making?

A well documented data, survey and scientific study based neural research like the one presented in your article is very interesting and may throw lot of light and also give more insights into understanding better the decision making process.

Having said that, however, when the very expression ‘decision making’ flashes across my mind there are many things that cross my mind.

At the outset I would like to make it clear that I am neither an academically accomplished person nor a scientist nor interested in getting into heated debates or question anything or anyone.

Let me also make it clear that I am not trying to over simplify the art of decision making which gave the world a wonderful philosophical scripture like ‘Bhagawad Geetha’ and has provided the theme for many stories and scripts in all languages and cultures.

This has also made me wonder whether there is or there are any universally applicable readymade templates to decision making either from what base[s] it should emanate? How it must evolve?  What must be its ultimate purpose? And so on.

Here are some of the things that cross my mind, not necessarily in order, precisely because I feel they are interconnected, often inseparably interrelated and most importantly interacting as well.

They could very broadly be mentioned [for want of time and avoid unnecessary diversion into Details] as the following: - Context, Choice, Observation, Frames of reference, Perspective and so on.

Decision like everything else are made in some specific ‘context’ and it definitely involves choosing between or among some options available and prioritizing certain things over the rest or to the exclusion of the rest.

This is perhaps the reason why in some contexts different people or different institutions make/take different decisions.

There is always some element of suspense, unsolved mystery and uncertainty in at least some aspect of every aspect of life and this is what drives human curiosity in multiple ways.

A curiosity to proceed beyond all sorts of vast references of existing great ideas, observations and thoughts into better or at least newer observations, philosophical inquiries, refined rational approaches, lateral thinking and unending seeking and searching for answers in manifold ways.

Here are some links to certain observations that I have made in the past.

Since, you have referred to Bhawad Geetha I would like to place here what I very often repeat in many of write ups, “In fact the whole of Bhagawad Gita, one of the reasons why it became more popular among the 28 Gitas, is that all its 700 stanzas are sand- witched between two words the starting word 'Dharma' and the last word ‘Mama’.

It must be actually read as ‘Mama Dharma’= my dharma- does not mean either Krishna’s or Arjuna’s Dharma, rather  when everyone reads it becomes ‘his Dhrama’ and all these 700 verses [ subjected to all sorts of excellent, enlightening as well as, often used as tool to justifying traditional practices, explanations by many] primarily are about attitudes to be adopted, actions to be executed and reactions to show at different situations taking into consideration the overall welfare of all [humanism].”

This one on the importance of ‘Observation’ I wrote to an old student of mine who was sharing some approaches and parts of his research

This I wrote to a clinical psychiatrist friend of mine when she wrote something about ‘Seeking’

How frames of reference can influence our perception

I also happen to write one Attitude Calendar in 2009 which I posted later on in 2009 wherein I gave an acronym to Decisions and Attitudes- the link to that calendar is also given here. Slide number 152 in that.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The scourge of Identity and Extremism

                                    The scourge of Identity and Extremism

Fondness, Ferventness, Faith and Fanaticism are the multiple frequencies of the spectrum of affinity- ranging from subtle to substantial impact.

These frequencies are not mere verbal nuances but can be nice or nasty depending on how they manifest the intensity of one’s reverence and reaction to anything.

If we adopt the armor of sense of balance and the tool of refined rationality devoid of any identity based reaction to anything, though this may sound very idealistic or even utopian, then, it serves to provide a level playing field for all individuals irrespective of any identity.

Rational approaches refine what is otherwise viewed as contrasts that divide into variations that seek synergy.

Life is impregnated with the inevitable polarity principle in many aspects and identities are no exception.

Identities of all hues while they enable creating social groups at the same time enfeeble options for universal acceptance.

I have very often held that identity, though inevitable, excessive and exclusive veneration is at the heart of many problems be it in the realm of religion, region, language, tradition, culture, nationhood and so on.

In a sense identities symbolize fences.

We need maps to know the planet but we need to protect the planet beyond mapped concerns.

I have written reams and reams on this theme of ‘Identity’ while writing on various subjects.

I shall give links to some here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Media and its Future

Metamorphosis of Words and not media labels need definitions.

People think, act and have grown beyond Main Stream Media peddled labels.

Metamorphosis of Words and Expressions from denotation to connotations happens due to the exigencies of contextual relevance and not due to media calibrated labels.

Therefore, however well articulated or packed with hyper sensationalism, generating terminologies, assigning labels and defining them to suit predetermined ideologies to manipulate perceptions do not work anymore.

So, the Main Stream Media as a whole has to realize that its verbal diarrhea patients can no more play the role of the mass opinion molders.

Peddling lies to project presumed victim hood is no more their sole preserve because the leverage of technology has enabled people to see through the lies and reveal and communicate facts in real time in multiple ways.

Besides, there is an overall awareness and enhanced level of well informed or at least information loaded understating by many in most places.
So, it is no wonder that main stream media script has failed miserably of late in many places and on many issues.

Let us see the why the MSM scripts fail and how their failure is accelerated in general without any specific case study.

Though the case studies are obvious ‘Mokita’[  in Kirinina language of New Guinea] meaning-Truth that everybody knows but nobody speaks.

The following are mostly the reasons why their [MSM] scripts fail.

All old stereotyped tricks like concocting logical fallacies and creating new connotations to very appealing terms and many other trivialities enlisted below do not work anymore.

Media orchestrated rendering of sound bites of the same old lyrics of left liberalistic themes of generating fear psychosis and projecting victimhood;
Followed by appropriating credits points and assigning acrimonious labels ad nauseam;

Desperately and deliberately choosing impressionable but ill informed youth to play on their vulnerabilities and trying to manipulate them as guinea pigs for left liberal brain washing techniques.

MSM must learn not to distort or concoct news and facts to please their pay masters, more so , not over do it, nor try  secreting some ideologies and ideas which they think, for whatever good or bad reason, is the only  panacea and take a holier than thou position.

These are the many ways in which their [MSM’s] failure is accelerated?
All over the world the Main Stream Media [MSM] must start accepting facts, realities, and problems at present as they exist and if capable seek help of sincere experts to offer probable solutions rationally, scientifically taking into consideration the socio-cultural sensitivities of human beings everywhere.

Most importantly evaluate issues and individuals with contextual relevance.

Similar or worse still, the same script may not work in all nations or against all leaders.

If they don’t do it then the social media, which MSM derogatively calls as 24/7 echo chambers, will take over that role.

Unlike media houses where one can play with money, popularly known as paid media, it becomes too difficult to fund social media or script exclusively some pet ideological version to prevail everywhere.

Social media has its own share of frenzied followers and fanatic endorsement of certain ideas.

However, by its sheer number of users, values of multiple views, real freedom [with certain exceptions] and wide geographical spread with advanced camera hidden everywhere and handsets capable of carrying and transferring multiple mode of communication facts become known, good works get noticed, hidden agenda get exposed and bad intentions get scrutinized.

Having said all these your article forces me to revisit the links that I have penned down previously.

Definitions are indeed important? But how and why you define is equally important.

Words have their own life and evolution which may not give room to manipulations and mutilations beyond a limit.

Media must refrain from too much of distortions

It is no wonder that the whole world abhors the media labels

So, the future of media’s dignified life rests on self imposed media integrity which includes among many other things its dispassionate presentation of facts as they are; compassionate and rational interpretations of issues with contextual relevance rather than ideological identity driven ones; passionate expressions by all with complete freedom and total intensity and intense totality entertaining  multiple views, situations and ideas and ultimately create a synergy of all these passion, dispassion and compassion leading to a conducive atmosphere where rationally accepted peace, tolerance, unity and harmony can prevail.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Life of Meaningful Happiness

Life impregnated with meaning and imbued with happiness

I liked the article especially its contents predominantly discussing about meaning of life and the role of happiness.

It had lot of references to parenting, the emotions and difficulties involved along with how different reactions are manifested based on various perspectives and attitudes.

The trade off must be the ultimate wisdom that emanates from all and enables individual, society, humanity to lead a smooth life and ensures a safe environment.

Most of these are based on realization of reality and how we evaluate anything and everything based on the contextual relevance.

As I perceive it there are ten major aspects around which this article is woven and all these ten aspects have always caught my attention and therefore I have written lengthy articles on all these. Those who have time may go through the links and the sub links therein and are welcome to make your comments on the content.

1. Meaning of life

2. Happiness

3. Parenting
4. Wisdom that emanates must ensure humanitarianism and compassion at present and concern for posterity as well
5. Perspective

6. Attitude
7. Emotions

8. Realization of reality

9. Polarity principle pervades and not paradoxes

10. Abstractness of thoughts