Monday, April 10, 2017

When Truth is More Evil than Lies




While all recognize that being truthful is evolved human behavior leading to progress and lies are bad behavior that produce misery after perhaps some temporary gain, there appear to be exceptions to this rule, at least at first glance. This happens when information is presented selectively albeit truthfully to create an incorrect impression. It is a technique often used by many in some of the major world media to promote an opinion desired by their masters. In this manner the media cannot be held to account for fake reporting and not reporting something can be attributed merely to carelessness.

Consider the following fictional account of a democratic election to take place for a President of a fictional country and the two main contenders in the fray are A and B.

Mr. A is a crooked, evil and corrupt person but has one good habit. Even the worst of humans may have a good habit or two for he is only human and not yet Satan. Mr. A has a soft corner for old persons and on weekends he visits many bringing food and any other help that they may need. The rest of the week however he is back to his evil deeds that includes murder of opponents, even rape of children as well as collecting huge bribes to increase his mansions and wealth.

Mr. B on the other hand is a good and compassionate man really out to help ordinary citizens and having all the qualifications and wisdom necessary for the job. He has a bad habit too for even the best of humans may have a bad habit or two for he is not yet god. After a beer or two with buddies he has been known to use very foul language in private at times and some of it has been recorded.

Now consider some prominent media which boasts of being truthful (not morally equivalent whatever that means) decides to support candidate A because he has promised to help big boss with his business once elected.

Now begins the presentation of truthful but selective information. The media remains silent on the evil deeds of Mr. A but repeatedly shows him helping old persons in need. On the other hand it hides all the goodness of Mr. B by not reporting on it but repeatedly plays his foul language tape and organizes endless panel discussion to stress the point.

The end result is that an impression is created in mind of viewers that Mr. A is the worthy choice and unless the public sees through this naked dance of evil through the use of truth that is neither neutral nor morally equivalent, Mr. A shall win. He shall go on to help someone in his business that includes the Military industrial complex. War shall be launched in Biraq, Byria, Bemen, Bibya, Budan, Bibghanistan and Baza to help sale of arms. Millions of children shall be maimed, starved, killed and rendered refugees while a few soldiers shall be killed as collateral damage. The media shall announce proudly that it insists on being absolutely truthful.
 


Refugees: "Papa please don't cry, I am still with you."

On the other hand to help the Pharma business of another buddy, cheap medicines imports shall be banned, new drugs not approved so that a thousand dollars can be charged for an essential medicine available for a few cents elsewhere. The President shall say we cannot regulate med prices but let the free market decide. A sweet old lady, just like our mother in old age, shall sell her home to buy her medicines, put few clothes and a family album in a shopping cart and sit on a Manhattan street holding her med in one hand a hat in another until the city declares it is illegal for homeless to sit on streets or to feed them because she is an eye sore for big boss when he visits Broadway for shopping.

The conclusion is that it is not words that decide what is truth or lies but the impression and meaning that is conveyed. Information that is presented selectively albeit truthfully, is far more evil than lies and it is therefore far more important to be moral rather than insist on truth to create false impressions.

Reflecting on the matter further, the reporters do only what they are supposed to in order to keep their jobs, the boss tells them to do what he does in order to keep his business going and the law maker helps him out because he needs his funding for elections. Nevertheless, in this cycle of compulsions, society as a whole, the majority, suffers, many in grave ways as described in this note. Only an adherence to morality by all and a refusal for immoral acts can break this cycle.
 




Thursday, March 23, 2017

2084 Babaji –The Novel



2084 Babaji, a novel
Recently, I looked through my earlier writings on social media, blogs and book and an idea emerged that some of it can be combined into a fascinating new short novel. From this emerged the new short novel – 2084 Babaji. Dear reader, if you get a chance to read it please do,. It has revealed many secrets about our world and the mystic side of life not yet widely known aside from being an engrossing story. It is available at several outlets including Amazon stores in both print and the Kindle electronic format.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gifts are to Cherish



Developed from picture by Svendsgaard Kurt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Every so often it happens to us that we receive something precious, good and great in life that in the final analysis a gift from the Lord and the Universe. However, equally frequently, instead of honoring and cherishing these gifts and being grateful to the Lord for them, we tend to take it for granted as our birth right and misuse them. The result is that soon the same gift becomes a curse. It vanishes, pushing us into misery in the process.

My mind went to a childhood friend who was born in a rich elite family. She grew up to be a beautiful and charming lady. At heart, she was a simple and gentle lady with malice for none. It is perhaps because of this that the Lord had showered her with so many gifts in life. But she developed a serious fault. She let herself drown in carelessness and sensual pleasures of the world. As a result she did not end up in the best possible way in later life. One of the richest men of Delhi had married her because of her beauty and charm. They had one son on whom they showered all their wealth and love. When he grew up, they sent him to an expensive school in US to study. He would return to Delhi often and his father gave him a new BMW for his enjoyment. This boy would get drunk with a group of friends and speed around on Delhi roads at night in his BMW. One night, he ran over some people killing them. He ended up in prison.

Misuse of gifts takes place not only in life of individuals but also in life of organizations and nations. Nation after nation, that became great from a sense of discipline and goodness, at some stage, began to misuse its wealth and power and gradually disappeared into pages of history. Some such thing may be happening to USA. It has been spending a large part of its wealth on unnecessary defense expenditure and ruinous wars rather than using this power to spread goodness among its people and the world. If we could learn to express gratitude for the gifts we receive in life, cherish them and make good use of them, then such gifts may continue to add happiness in our lives, all our days on earth.

The reverse of gifts is difficult times we face in life. These are for our education and for us to learn from them and develop wisdom. As soon as that education is complete, the difficulty vanishes and we may then return to peace with renewed strength. However, many, instead of learning their lessons react in anger. Instead of admitting their faults, they blame others. The consequence is that misery instead of vanishing increases. Some such thing may be happening to the once great Democratic Party in USA. Having suffered a humiliating defeat recently, it seems they are blaming everyone from Russia to the stars rather than doing something to rectify their faults. They had not even been able to select a nominee for the Presidential race without dishonesty and cheating and what they put up as a result was not an honest selection.  Hopefully they shall change, because for those who do not, perhaps the Lord washes his hands off, pushing them into a bottomless pit. 

A similar story is repeating in the world as a whole. The Universe has provided humans a lovely planet to live on. However, instead of cherishing and taking care of it, human greed is exploiting and ruining it to the utmost extent with help of gifts of technology and science. Technology is not being used to improve the planet but to deforest it and fill its air, water and soil with life threatening pollution. If this continues, Mother Earth and Father Universe shall soon exhaust their patience and push the lot into a bottomless pit, an apocalypse, to prepare for a new beginning and restore goodness once again. For what has been before shall come again and there is nothing new under the Sun.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Blue Rose, A symbol of Divine Love



Blue Rose in light shades of the sky

The present blog is devoted to spirituality as well as many other things connected to the fundamental quality of life and environment we live in. It became voluminous over its life of a decade or so. More recently, while looking for a simple image for my new blog devoted exclusively to spirituality, I looked for a simple symbol that might represent divine love. My mind went to a rose, however through long tradition different meanings have already been assigned to different rose colors. There is an older blog post on that. The pink or blue lotus came to mind but these have already developed associations with existing religious spirituality which my new blog was not. It is based on many religions, not just one, and science as well which has been my profession through much of my life. Therefore what was better than seeking help of science or technology for the new symbol and thus I arrived at the sky blue rose as the symbol of divine love based not just on religions but also science besides direct experience gathered from across the globe and remote Himalayan retreats. Blue roses have been portrayed in literature and art earlier as symbols of love, prosperity, or immortality. Modern plant breeding does not seem to have produced a true sky blue rose yet, at least on earth. Elsewhere in the universe, in planets with a more heavenly atmosphere, such roses must indeed exist as intuition suggests.

If you are interested in increasing happiness and bliss in your life with the help of spiritual insights than do look up this new blog at:

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The Sky Blue Rose, a symbol of Divine Love