Sunday, September 1, 2019



NARA'S NOTEPAD
VOLUME 15
SEPTEMBER 2019
NUMBER 9







 THE WORLD WILL TALK FOR SOMETIME AND THEN GO SILENT

SPONSOR





Prof. S. R. K. MURTHY, Ph. D (Rtd.)
A.N.G.R. Agricultural University
#303, Chandra’s Lakeview Towers
Tank Bund Road, KHAMMAM – 507 002 A P
Ph. 798 155 8026 or 994 924 4803


VIOLENCE





No one likes violence. Still violence is everywhere in the world. Every day we read in news papers the incidences of violence of various sorts. All of us including me reads and forgets about it. The kinds of violence are horrible to very horrible level. Sometimes I do not read them so that I don’t think about it. Violence is not preached by religion or political parties. Violence is one of the human’s uncontrolled activities. Mostly it is induced by anger and frustration. Human beings are basically violent in nature. But civilization and education have transformed men and women non-violent to a certain extent. In a huge population running to billions of people in the world there are economical and educational inequality. Such situations stimulate people to involve in violence to achieve their goals.

We do come across various kinds of violence such as physical, domestic, sexual, gun, emotional psychological and verbal. All these kinds lead to hatred and division among people. Some of the violence takes place between individuals, some among groups and some between countries. Very often violence takes place between neighboring countries due to various reasons. At times it leads to war even. In fact, war between countries is always violent and kills large number of soldiers and civilians. It also destroys valuable monuments and big beautiful cities. All of us in deed know the cruelty of war. So many counties nowadays are against war. However, they get and stock all kinds of weapons and keep the army men and women ready for war. World War 1 and 2 had taught us a lesson that war is the worst solution for all disputes.

Many countries in the world were liberated from the colonial rulers through violent means. In some cases non-violence was used as in India. Non-violence is a philosophy employed to avoid violence by Mahatma Gandhi. It was in 1940s that many countries were liberated in the world to have their self-rule. Some of them adopted democracy for governing whereas others were ruled by military. Again those countries were subjected to internal violence. That is history!

Physical violence leads to disablement and death. Brutal means are used to beat and thrash people, set fire properties, destroy public properties such as public transports – buses, trains, vehicles etc. Government forces are there to control such violence by applying violence again. Still we find mobs once get violent lose their temperament and turn mad. They do not understand what they do and what will be the consequences. Physical violence produces great loss to the government and thus to all of us.


Another silent violence takes place in every family. This is called domestic violence. Mostly it occurs between husband and wife due to multiple reasons like economic, illicit relationships, dowry, property-sharing etc. Such violence may also extend from physical to emotional to psychological. Domestic violence may lead to separation of family members, divorce, killing, suicide, cheating etc.

Sexual violence occurs everywhere in the world wherever men and women live. It is gender related violence. The people involved are men and women or boys and girls. Even in advance and developed countries such violence takes place every day. There are millions of cases reported every day in the media. The damage caused by such violence is personal to family life. There are laws to prevent or punish the culprits, but the net results are not encouraging at all.

Recently, not quite recently we hear about gun violence in countries like the US, Canada, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Sweden. People can buy guns and use it as they like. People who possess guns are not generally careful. They misuse the guns against their enemies. Or some mad men senselessly shoot at school children, college students and staff, religious gatherings, restaurants, music festivals, sports stadium etc. Innocent people are the victims. Loss of life due to such gun violence is viewed seriously by judiciary. Invariably people who use their guns against innocent people are shot dead or they commit suicide by shooting themselves. Fun laws are brought in various countries. Still we do find mad men and women use guns against innocent people.

Apart from the above violence there are emotional violence, psychological violence and verbal violence. They are generally not physical but they are connected with mind and mental peace. Creating fear and despair in the minds of people, cheating, deceiving, stealing are some of them. Although, all governments try to protect people from violence of all sorts, the cruel habits are still prevalent among men and women of our society. Prevention is better than cure. There are laws to prevent violence but they are badly implemented or not implemented at all. Religious organizations preach non-violence as the solution for all problems, but the preaching are heard in the name of God and forgotten. Is it possible to live in this world without violence? I doubt. I think it is impossible. - NARA


HOW TO OBSERVE OTHERS?


 
You might like to try some of the following kind of techniques:
1.      Try observing something in a much focused way, really attempting to search for the meaning. Then let your mind go into soft focus mode, with your eyes almost going out of focus. Do you see anything differently?
2.      Try imagining what people and situations might look like from different perspectives for example from above.
3.      Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. What might they be seeing?
4.      Focus on each of your senses in turn, “what does your world look like, sound like, taste like, feel like, smell like and so on?

SUPPORTIVE STATEMENTS




   1 .      ‘I can appreciate you decided to do that.’
  2.      ‘That really is exciting.’
  3.      ‘Yes, that was that honorable thing to do.’
  4.      ‘It’s charming you felt that way.’
  5.      ‘I see what you mean.’
  6.      ‘That’s a lovely thing to say.’
We all perceive the world through five senses. We see the world. We hear the world. We feel the world. We smell the world. And we taste the world. For each person, one sense is stronger than others.

HOW TO SET GOALS?


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   1.               Work out what your goals are?
 2.      Decide which are the most important?
 3.      Be precise.
 4.      Be realistic. Do not aim to high but, equally, do not aim too low.
 5.      Set a time scale.
 6.      Write your goals down.
 7.      Share some of them with a small number of people who you trust.

TRAVEL




TRAVEL It's not things that make us happy but our experiences.
Travel can have a profound effect on us by taking us out of our comfort zones and opening our eyes to some of the different places and lives that were unknown to us. It's also just fun!
We're obviously big fans of travel, but what else can make you happy? Read on for 101 ways to change your life for the better:

1) Travel when you can. Travel can open your eyes to the world and offer a fresh new perspective.
2) Spend time by the ocean. There's nothing like sand between your toes and fresh sea air.
3) Go stargazing. Find a spot relatively free of unnatural light and marvel at the beauty of the night sky.
4) Sit in front of a beautiful view. Find a spot close by with a nice view that you can visit when you need a break.





The trouble with opportunity is,
it never announces when it comes.
It’s only after it’s gone you realize that you missed it.

TO QUOTE




For every minute you remain angry you give up 60 seconds of peace of mind. – R. W. Emerson

A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell

If you keep doing what you are doing, you keep getting what you are getting. – Stephen Covey

The greatest wealth is to live content with little – Plato

JUST TO LAUGH...



Pupil (after lesson on creation):”But teacher, daddy says we are 

descended from monkeys.”

Teacher: “We can’t discuss your private family affairs in class.
                                    
 *******************
Young Harry:”Father, what’s the difference between a gun and a 

machine gun?”

Dad: “There is a big difference. It is just as I spoke, and then 

your mother spoke.”

LINES I LIKED



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     Books are storehouses of ideas, thoughts, facts, opinions, descriptions, information and dreams.
Ø  Breaking down any task into smaller tasks makes any project manageable.
Ø  Bring about more reasonable control in respect to either excess or insufficiency.


What you think is what you create!

Meet you next month –2019

 

Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP


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Wednesday, July 31, 2019











NARA'S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 15
AUGUST 2019
NUMBER 8
SUPPORTED BY READERS LIKE YOU

Tuesday, July 30, 2019










TRY TO UNDERSTAND 

OTHER’S POINT OF VIEW

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Prof. S. R. K. MURTHY, Ph. D (Rtd.)
A.N.G.R. Agricultural University
#303, Chandra’s Lakeview Towers
Tank Bund Road, KHAMMAM – 507 002 A P
Ph. 798 155 8026 or 994 924 4803


CONSERVATISM







“In one way or other we are all conservatives” – said my friend. “Is it so?” – I asked. “Yes” he said and continued “over time Conservatism thrives in our society”. When I started thinking about his statement I too thought that it is true. Often we come across social conservatism, political conservatism and religious conservatism. The old timers do not forget their old culture, olden-day-things, old literature, habits and beliefs. Not only that! They do strictly follow and preach the young generation about conservatism. Thus conservatism remains for ever with us.

In our society people are divided by caste and race. Every caste or race has certain lifestyle, faith and mind-set. Such habits are invariably passed on to the next generation. The type of food they eat, the songs they sing, the way they dress, and the manner they treat others are unique. Wherever they are, they follow them. Thus they conserve those customs.

Political conservatism is exhibited by all political parties. Conservative party in UK and USA are well known. The Conservative party in UK is termed as Tory. The Republican Party is termed as the Grand-Old-Party (GOP) in the US. These two parties promulgate the capitalistic ideas. Generally they want to uphold the past glory of the countrymen and women and their culture. As against such conservative parties there are liberals or labor parties in the UK and democrats in the US. Popularizing conservatism by some political parties is seen even in other countries in the world.

All religions in the world are generally conservative. They have a set of rules based on their religious thoughts, to make order in society. Everyone who follows such religions is expected to accept and adopt those rules. No one is expected to differ the religious faith even it is superstitious, violent or hating other religions. Thus the conservatism is ingrained in the religious teaching and preaching.

However, conservatism is diluted based on the logic and scientific thinking. Since knowledge is free to all, educated men and women start thinking of the relevance of old culture, old thinking or old way of living in modern life. Human beings are evolved a lot in every walk of life. They broke the conservative ideas and progressed. Such progress is welcomed by the younger generation and move on to a new world. Thus day by day, the conservative customs are fading slowly. The change occurs because of lifestyle changes that occur over time.

Whether conservatism is good or bad is to be seriously considered. On the one hand we conserve many of our monuments, temples, churches, mosques, museums, parks, and cities, spiritual thinking, respecting others, maintaining family life etc. On the other hand conservatism hampers some of our new thinking. It does not allow us putting a stop to ignorance and superstition. So it is obvious that strict conservatism or liberalism cannot be sustained. As such the conservative principles are slowly getting diluted. Fanatic attitude towards conservatism, in fact, creates confusion and contradiction.

In the name of conservatism, fanatics create unrest among people. These fanatics have to understand the ill-effects of their fanatic idealism. In today’s world, freedom and equality play an important role. Not the King-Subject way of life. Democracy and freedom of speech are the order of the day although there are some restrictions to keep the society under control. Conservatism is necessary to conserve our culture, but not to impose blind beliefs in the young minds. Let us be liberalized conservatives not fanatic conservatives. – NARA






ENVIRONMENT is formed by whatever surroundings we live in. In the case of Earth, all the physical surroundings present on our planet are called environment. In other words, environment is the setting in which human life, as well as countless other life forms comfortably exist.
The environment includes both living and non-living things. The part of the environment where life exists is called the biosphere. All the living beings including human beings and plants are part of the biosphere.

SOCRATES





Socrates was one of the most influential philosophers of all time. His writings are not only inspirational, but they will make you question life in a very unique way.
1) “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
2) “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
3) “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
4) “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
5) “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
6) “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
7) “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”
8) “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
9) “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
10) “Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”


WORDS




I received the following letter from my friend last week. I thought it’s an interesting one to share with you all. Here’s it. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me."  Do you remember hearing that on the playground as a child? Well, I do.

Words can hurt, but they can also comfort, inspire, or make us laugh, cry, get angry. They're how we communicate and learn and express our feelings. Words have power to bring into being our thoughts and hopes and wishes. Set aside some time and find a place where you can sit undisturbed. Then, gather together some old magazines, catalogs, and newspapers, as well as a piece of paper, scissors, pen, and a glue stick. When you're sitting comfortably, take some long, slow, deep breaths, until you feel loose and relaxed. Then, page through the printed materials you have.

Any time you see a word or phrase that seems to "jump out" at you, or that calls out to you or appeals to you in any way, use the scissors to cut it out. When you have your collection of words or phrases, examine them and choose a few that really "speak" to you, and set the others to the side.  Now arrange the ones you have chosen on the blank paper.
Y
ou can write in a few words to make your words and phrases into a sentence. When you're satisfied with the results, glue the cut words and phrases on the paper. Enjoy your wordplay!