Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Plunging world economy, civil war in
Syria, waves of
refugees into Europe, terrorist attack all
over the world, climate change are some of the problems faced by the world
today. Leaders of the nations meet at various places discuss the situations and
disperse. The follow-up is not encouraging at all. Media highlight the everyday
incidents caused by these problems. In fact, it is not easy to tackle such
problems, as they are as complex as they are. Disagreement among national
leaders is one of the reasons to make the problems more complex. Every country
thinks of its own interest first. If it is beneficial, then it supports the
point of view of other countries, otherwise not. After the summit meets, no one
knows how the problems are dealt with. Diplomats and secretaries make umpteen
visits to various countries and make further attempts to implement the
agreements made by the political leaders. Sometimes they are successful but
most of the time they are not successful because of the internal problems of
How to solve these problems? Delay it! By the time new problems arise and new summit meets are planned. Thus the story continues. It is a never ending process faced by the world. In between, apart from the man-made problems nature-made problems like drought, flood, earthquakes, land slides, forest fires etc. occur. Good lot of money and effort is spent on these. Human lives lost in these calamities are lost for ever. Destructions were reconstructed by spending quite a lot of money. Thus solutions are found for natural calamities.
In the final analysis there is no life without problems. For some problems solutions are found, few have partial solutions and very few problems have no solutions at all. So we have to live with the world problems taking appropriate step to manage them.
We are now living in the Planet of the Smartphones. The ubiquitous device has changed the way we live, mostly for the better, but not without the risk in the near future of human beings suffering from any of the unintended and unplanned consequences of this stupendous march of technology.
As the fastest selling device in history the smartphone is headed north, with predictions of five billion people and 100 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. About half of the adult population of the world has a smartphone now and by the end of the decade 80% of adults can be expected to be brandishing this very personal device that takes precedence over any other gadget or gizmo like the laptop, now looking decidedly old-fashioned except to the professionals and the sleeker tablets that were all the range for the few years.
The device landscape is changing so fast already and analysts are now predicting that the device might also shift from our pockets to overlays on the iris of our eye and a concept that may have been more in keeping with science fiction fantasy, may be put into practice in the not so distant future with smartphone chip as a brain implant. You could connect to a wearable device.
Not a day goes by now without a bank offering us services on the mobile for transactions we would do only on laptops or iPads till now. The nagging question is how safe is the new tech going to be in preserving our identities, our personal information, our e-mails and our bank accounts. The priority should however be security.
“What should I do?” yelled a panicked client to the receptionist at our veterinarian’s office. “My dog just ate two bags of unpopped pop corn!” Clearly not a alarmed as the worried pet owner, the receptionist responded coolly, “Well, the first thing I would do is keep him out of the sun.”
As a student nurse, I had to give an injection to a 79-year-old male patient. I asked which hip he preferred the shot in. He wanted to know if he really had a choice. I told him he did. He looked me straight in the eye and said, “Yours!”
1. Have a good core group of friends.
2. Build some adventure into your life. Don’t fall into “the same old, same old”.
3. Research confirms that “stuff won’t make us happy” so clear out the junk – and only keep what you love.
4. Work on establishing balance in your life. Don’t be too busy or you’ll wind up depressed.
5. Give in to temptation every now and again. Too much discipline is boring in the end.
6. Like and appreciate yourself. Take time to notice and affirm your strengths.
7. Start living in the moment – don’t doubt every move. Accept your decision as the best one for right now.
- Man is superior to other animals because he can think reason and discriminate.
- Man is the architect of his own fate.
- Man should try to remain calm in face of both, pleasure and pain, success and pleasure.
- Man suffers because he cannot or does not control himself.
- Man suffers because ha has too many desires.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
In democratic countries, we find a number of political parties headed by a leader or a leader with his family members. It is more evident in
than in Western countries as I know. These political parties are something like
the honey bee colonies. Every time a queen bee is born in a hive a new colony
takes shape. Likewise, if the leaders in a party differ in their views, they
start a new party with a section of the cadres. India
In other words, political parties divide the people based on ideology or personal interest. In fact, most of the ideologies are similar in nature. However parties want to remain as separate entities so that leaders of these parties get prominence among the people. Ideologies apart, the people are divided based on caste, religion, language etc. ‘Divide and rule’ is a good policy political parties employ for their survival and existence. Because of such stupid methods, people fight each other, commit criminal activities, hate the people belonging to another political party and talk ill of others. They do all these to show the loyalty to their leaders.
The divisions created by political parties kill the principle of democracy. The divided people are loyal to their leaders and prepared to do anything to save their leaders. The expectation of those cadres is that they will become leaders one day or other and enjoy the seats of power! Some are successful and others are not. However the expectations are there in their minds. Following a leader is a hard thing to do. Satisfying the leader is the main aim involved.
Cadres of a particular party blindly follow the orders of leaders. The leaders use these cadres as the bodyguard for them. Invariably the close relatives of the leaders try to occupy the high positions of the party because they don’t cheat them. Thus a family set-up is formed in the party over time. If someone is not interested and opposes such system, quit the party and join another party. There are many such people who very often jump from one party to another. It is mostly on personal reasons.
Anyway, that is the reality in political parties. People, who run these parties like to divide the cadres. These divisions create unhealthy relationship and disharmony among the public. People should know the trick of the trade. But unfortunately, false expectations make them slaves to a particular party. Every party uses its strength by winning majority votes from the people. These people were convinced or influence somehow by hook or crook and get their valuable votes. Once the party comes to power, people are forgotten. Whatever policy suitable for the party and its leader is implemented even the opposition oppose it. Although we are in a democratic setup following the law of the land, political parties do whatever they want.
Real democracy is not at all followed strictly. Is it possible to have a real democracy or we continue to divide and rule the country?
A kangaroo kept getting out of his enclosure at the zoo. Knowing that he could hop high, the zoo keepers put up a 3m fence. Didn’t matter – he was out the next morning, hopping out. So a 6 m fence was put up. Again he got out. When the fence was 12 m high, a camel in the next enclosure asked the kangaroo, “How high do you think they’ll go?” The kangaroo said, “A hundred meters, unless somebody locks the gate at night.”
1. Recognize the benefits of trusting others and building some meaningful relationships. If you never let others get close to you, then you’re likely to feel lonely and empty inside.
2. Remember that one person doesn’t have to meet your needs. We can trust different people with aspects of ourselves. Doing that can feel less risky and a lot less scary.
3. Look at actions of other people before you decide if you can trust them or not. If they are kind to others and they seem reliable, then it’s likely they will treat you in that same way, too. However, be wary of people who are mean or critical, or who walk about others, or are unpredictable
4. Give trust slowly – let others prove themselves and if they seem trust worthy then start to trust them more. Share a few small things before you share some bigger things.
5. Trust yourself to cope if someone lets you down. We’ve all been disappointed and betrayed by other people. Have the confidence to know that you will manage and survive?
6. Don’t pressurise yourself to give more that you able. It is hard to trust others if you’re feeling insecure or if you’ve been hurt by others, or if trust is threatening. Decide to take it slowly and be patient with yourself.
If from the start children are educated into appreciating their own creativity, then probably
almost all of us can be creative. In the olden days, very few people could read and write.
Literacy was a novel sort of thing, and it was felt that most people just didn’t have it in them.
But with mass education, it turned out that most people could be taught to read and write. In
the same way, once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to
enormous libraries, where you can ask any questions and be given answers, you can look up
something you are interested in knowing, however silly it might seem to someone. – Issac