A life worth living

"When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bonds.
Your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive,
and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

--- Patanjali

Where we are

We are entering into a global society. The 20th century was the century of America. It was the death of the colonial empires and the beginning of the information age. The 21st Century will be the Century of Globalization. Hopefully it will mark the end of poverty and the death of idealism also.

That which observes does not change but it inspires meaningful change

Life is full of ups and downs.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1813, "An insurrection has begun...... of science, talents and courage." Rank and birth do not matter. For those who aspire to take the lead in life - the following are valuable points of view:

A lively intellectual curiosity, an interest in everything - because everything is really related to everything else.
A genuine interest in what other people think and why they think that way... which means you have to be at peace with yourself for a start.
A special responsibility to envision a future that's different from a straight line projection of the present. Trends are not destiny.
A hunch that most risks are there not to be avoided but to be taken.
A realization that paranoia and self-pity are reserved for people who don't want to be leaders.
A sense of personal responsibility for the general outcome of efforts.
A quality of "unwarranted optimism" - the conviction that there must be some more upbeat outcome than would result from adding up all the available expert advice.

Courtesy Harlan Cleveland US Ambassador to NATO
from his book "Nobody Incharge"

Is change possible?

Fundamental, deep, resounding change...is it really possible? Not as an idea...but actually?

Classic lines from India

"When you go into the supermarkets here, you walk around a bit, and then go back around again and after a while you realize there isn't any food!" a friend from the UK (clearly equates food with something different to what you find in a supermarket full of food in India)

"Do you have a screwdriver and some plyers?" Internet cable installation man

"Is that near Africa?" (a well educated adult asking where South America is)

"Can I be your friend?" - line by a stranger who called up a Belgium friend of mine, having gotten her phone number from somewhere

"Yes, Sir, we can definately do it....I will just have to check with my technical boss."
3 days later - I called him back - as he OF COURSE failed to call me as he said he would "No sir we cannot do it." This guy has a PhD! He works for a jacuzzi company and has a PhD in something like interior design (yes that is possible in India).

"100%. It will be done by tomorrow morning. I promise you." - so many people say this and almost none of them obviously understand what 100% means. They do not do whatever the say. Maybe "100%", in India, means "whatever I am about to say is not true:"

"Can I use your phone?" - the internet man who has consistently failed to come when he said he would, who is carrying a company cellphone and who has made yet another elemental mistake that is so ridiculously stupid that words fail me...and he asks to use my phone - to deal with yet another one of his mistakes....Flabbergasted.

"Can I help you sir?".. "No thanks I am just looking." Then you automatically get followed around the store by about 10 salespeople who have nothing better to do but annoyingly follow you around (this is a phenomenon to be "enjoyed" throughout Asia). Finally one has to resort to squirting them with a water pistol.

"Hello, hello, hello. Sir, Sir, SIR, SIRRRR!!!" The territorial warblings of any and every watchman who automatically decides that your bicycle is going to cause mayhem to endless people if it is not moved 3 centimeters backwards in the most vacant part of the apartment block or public building car lot that you have parked it in. Having got used to this by now I have learned to walk away looking highly absorbed in something else very much more important. Hence the "SIRRRR!!"

The sad facts

I feel great love for humanity. With it there is an unmistakeable feeling of sympathy. Man seems to live such a narrow life. A slave to the pursuit of money he finds a barren landscape, adds some alcohol or twisted amusement and calls that small circle of confusion his own.

We are never satisfied and we seek to be satisfied by so little (I am not talking about money - I am talking about what we make of our lives). We must come to crisis to really live. We look for solace in a Bible or the Koran and perhaps someone hears some wise words there. But it is the crisis of bringing such words to application... that is where the real meaning of life comes into play.

This really puts things into perspective:

If the population of the Earth were reduced to that of a
small town with 100 people, it would look something like this:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 Americans (northern and southern)
8 Africans

52 women
48 men

70 coloured-skins
30 Caucasians

89 heterosexuals
11 homosexuals

6 people would own 59% of the whole world wealth
and all of them will be from the United States of
America

80 would have bad living conditions

70 would be uneducated

50 underfed

1 would die

2 would be born

1 would have a computer

1 (only one) will have higher education

When you look at the world from this point of view, you can see that
there is a real need for solidarity, understanding, patience and
education.

Also think about the following:

This morning....
If you woke up healthy, then you are happier than the 1
million people that will not survive next week.

If you never suffered a war, the loneliness of the jail cell, the agony of torture, or hunger, you are happier than 500 million people in the world.

If you can enter into a church/mosque/synagogue without
fear of jail or death, you are happier then 3 million people in the world.

If there is some food in your fridge, you have shoes and
clothes, you have bed and a roof, you are richer than 75% of the people in
the world.

If you have a bank account, money in your wallet and some
coins in the loose-change-box, you belong to the 8% of the people in the
world who are "well-to-do".


A wise person once said:

" work, as if you don't need money, love, as if you've never been hurt, dance, as if nobody can see you, sing, as if no one can hear you, live, as if the Earth was a heaven."

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Mind is the closest thing to our Reality...Be careful how you use it. Businessman, yogi, teacher, addicted to laughing...