When I was little, My grandmother used to say ” A tiger will eat grass too if it has to, because hunger will drive it to do anything”. Similarly the hunger that is present in each and everyone of us is enabling us to feed ourselves no matter what. This helps us with our own sustainability in life. This does not mean that we should commit crimes to satisfy ourselves with material wealth or money. This just means that we need to put in the best of our efforts to achieve all our goals in life. In the end once we achieve it, we can perceive the value in it for which we have worked so hard all our lives. On the other hand if things or opportunities were handed to us on a platter through money and connections, we will have no respect for it nor for ourselves. We would definitely undervalue it and would have no satisfaction of having overcome that hurdle.
What does a Hug do and why is it more powerful than a simple handshake? A handshake has just been accepted to be a formality or a symbol of Professionalism in the Business World. So this type of relationship stays in the business arena. Hugs on the other hand displays the level of intimate connectivity between two parties which are like I said, bound by trust, togetherness and openness. What does hugs bring out in us. Since it has an emotional component, it has power in it which can ONLY be felt, but not seen. This is what makes it super powerful in terms of relationships and its emotional connection. Only close friends and inseparable couples are able to decipher the code of this intimacy. For the rest it may be just an act of connection or may fell just like a handshake.
Religion is a very delicate topic to pick for discussion purposes. But as a view point each of us have our own opinion towards it. We all agree that there is a Supreme creator of this creator, of the cosmos and of us. That is ONE imaginary creator whom none of us have seen. But it is with this belief that all religions have sprung. Religious writings were written over generations with the little knowledge that they have had on that subject. A collection of ideas have become a book Now this book could be used for mass propagation of this ideology. Who has written this Book? MAN. Was the intellect of the Man or Woman who wrote this book the same as a Man or Woman today? Of course not. Thought processes do change as civilizations come and go, people do change as their experiences in life changes and as technology and Science advances old thoughts do die hard, if not for its propagation through religious fanatics who are steadfast on their personal beliefs. So does their ideas, perceptions, imaginations, fantasies and stories. How do we make a child understand something easily? it is through stories and pictures. This is how things ave propagated around the same ideology without changing the essence of it. IN reality the story sticks to our minds when we are fed the same story over and over again. Now we tend to start believing it ourselves.
The World today is all about money, power and connections. Why are we obligated to pay for all sorts of taxes, and tolls? Who we know is much more important than our own identity. With the right connections, and having the right information at the right time, one can get things accomplished just with a phone call or a simple email. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes than that meets the eye. Walls do have ears so no one does ever talk their talk nor walk their walk. Every step is well calculated and taken with great care. In a democratic society, everyone has the right to vote. Once voting is done what happens? This is the end of the line for the citizen. This person has no say in what happens to his or her country’s budget, spending, it’s debts and the salary of Government officials. He or she should have a say in it because if a country is in debt, this person should have a say in how his government runs. So In reality this persons only function as a citizen is to Vote and then needs to back off. So what’s the point.
Times have change a lot from 10,000 B.C. We need to grow up, start appreciating what we have, learn to respect each other and enjoy our food, music and what not. Under the skin we are all the same. Skin is the largest organ in the body and it does not discriminate like we do. It performs its daily function of sweating, taking care of invaders and in the end helps in our very existence. That’s its purpose in life. What’s yours? Today we see that the entire World does fit in our smartphone. We can buy anything at any time of the day or night, talk to anyone in any country round the clock and even buy a Mega Ship online. We can even reside where ever we choose to live, even in outer space.Our HUMAN Mind is able to do anything and everything, bigger and better, making the impossible possible and discover the unknown by diving to the depths or by trying to conquer space. In spite of all these abilities we are still unable to put the subject of color behind us and move forward. Many are unable to accept a person for who they are. There is no way that we can change our color like a chameleon for purposes of satisfying someone or to get a particular high paying job that is supposedly reserved for a particular person of color, shunning the rest by closing the door in their face.
Then there are external and internal stresses. Some we have control of and many others we do not. Some are our own making and many are beyond our control. We can only manipulate what is in our control. For anything else that is beyond our control we need to deflect it by learning to let go just like the windshield of our cars. If we tend to control the external forces, will be losing energy at an enormous pace only to find it unmanageable. WE are in reality very insignificant when we take into consideration of what happens around us, right outside our skin moving outward to infinity. Our life is so minuscule in the Geological time scale that we do not even matter any more. We are just a tiny speck of a grain of sand in a vast ocean. Tying ourselves to money will bring in much added stress. For example, if some one is too Wealthy, they need to worry about having to safeguard it, hire bodyguards round the clock and maybe even have to sleep with one eye open. Because they can trust no one. This gives us something optimistic for the rest of us to be happy about (the people with no money, rest 99 %). We are able to sleep well because there is nothing to take which we do not have. WE are the ones who are truly living our life. No paparazzi’s to worry about. Life just goes on.
Why do we throw out food daily and have food wastage in a massive scale all across the so called industrialized World, while the other half of the World is cramped with famine, disease, hunger , malnutrition and death. On one side there is surplus and on the other there is scarcity? There is something wrong with this picture. These both scenarios are being played out on the surface of the same Planet. What is wrong and where have we gone wrong? Would we love to share our food with someone? Maybe not. Looks like it. Is it that the poor nations need to fend off for themselves in their quest for food? Will the so called rich or industrialized nations help them at all? The poor nations were rich at some point during their history and the rich nations were poor at some point. Hence the switch in economic status. The poor nations that were rich in natural resources were subdued, looted, taken over, divided and colonized, enslaving everyone. To make matters worse they were also branded as ” Third World”. This is what our history has shown us so far. Nothing seem to have changed even today. We have never learned form our past mistakes nor will ever learn from them. Mistakes have been swept under the rug under the cover of darkness. We need to ask ourselves: How much can we eat at one time and how much do we need in order to survive? Because all our future actions are based on this answer.
Why are we putting a ban on plastic bags, Why not prevent manufacturing it in the first place? Why are we chasing the pacific garbage patch, why not ban plastics all over the World and replace it with a biodegradable alternative? Why do we consume plastics in the first place and chase them all over the world in the name of cleaning up and trying to make a difference? Make a difference by not using plastics at all, drastically reducing consumption or not letting go of that plastic can in your hand in the first place. Letting it go and chasing it all over the World is plain stupidity. Prevention is always better than cure and this cure is never guaranteed. It comes with wasted money, wasted time and wasted efforts. All we have to do is not to let plastic leave our hands.
When we go to a restaurant do we know what we are putting into our mouth including the reusable stainless steel cutlery the plates or the wine glass is clean. Do we know if it is cleaned well, if cleaned at all? Do we ever ask? If no, why not. As we all know most people have gum disease( periodontal disease) and many do not even know that they have it, maybe due to ignorance or less awareness of the disease. Many do not even go to a Dentist periodically, Many do not even brush their teeth and many others do not care for their Oral Health a bit. As long as there is no pain, they are happy eating what ever. Imagine this person sticking that fork or spoon into their mouth. If this is not cleaned or sterilized well, can it spread the germs between patrons. Maybe. It is anyone’s guess. Do guests care to ask about its cleanliness or care to eat their food. Most of the time it is the latter.
With the advent of each day, we need to be seekers of knowledge. We need to be learning as though it was our first day on the job as a rookie. This helps us ignite the passion for knowledge within us and this serves as a stepping stone to the next level by progressing step by step in baby steps. This is how we grow. WE make many mistakes in the process. We get to learn from those mistakes and know what not to do to avoid them in the future. No one becomes successful without learning something new or by committing any mistakes. Mistakes do provide us a helping hand in uplifting others. Once we ave come up to our desired level, it is our job to pull others up and not push others down. Sadly, The latter part of this is what we see each day. Leaders always push people up to enable each of them to be successful under their watchful eye.