Category Archives: Ethics, Politics and Justice

Ethics & Morals – Time to clear the confusion

Ethics is the universal law & Moral is social law. It is time to clear the confusion!
Morals:
Morals are social laws or agreements among the members of any particular society. Morals are not universal and hence differ from place to place and time to time and group to group. What is moral in India is not so in other societies or countries. Morals vary even within India in different locations & societies. Morals are made specifically for sustaining “social order” within the group or among the groups of people for maintaining stability and to avoid disruptions – as it deals mainly with emotional issues connected with human relations within and without the families, groups and populations.
Lusting mentally for another married woman or man is immoral – but not illegal – till some unpleasant action is precipitated. Read the rest of this entry

The Genesis of Corruption – Organized Violence

“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion – but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do”. Samuel P. Huntington

‘Corruption’ is essentially a pejorative noun, closely associated with bad morality and dishonesty. As a process it charts a path of decay, to ‘impurity’. Used in relation to computers, it is more associated with ‘containing mistakes’ – different from the original. A mistake is not necessarily a bad thing, or morally bad. In this circumstance you could formulate the equation that mistakes plus time equals corruption. An error is generally also a mistake, however an error can have moral implications, such as in ‘the errors of one’s ways’ – the ‘errors’ here being wrong behavior or beliefs. The difference is notably whether a procedure is accidental or not.

When, in the book of Genesis, God instructed Adam and Eve not to touch the tree of knowledge in The Garden of Eden, he knew they would disobey.  God’s human prototypes were created inherently corrupt   and placed in a landscape primed to be corrupted. The garden was God’s own interactive installation. The secret knowledge to be garnered was potentially mind-blowing and also the bitterest of pills.

There are few more view points of thinkers and you can read them here …

M R Venkatesh:  http://www.rediff.com/money/2007/jun/25guest.htm

Ikram Sehgal: http://www.mediamonitors.net/ikramsehgal19.html

However I find all the above to be intellectually stimulating and thought provoking articles – but do not give the clarity on the “Cause” of corruption in the beginning.

Corruption in any form primarily indicates – either the lack of, or total absence of “Self-esteem”. This can be found to be individual or collective in a society. When a person aspires to – Have without Doing anything to Earn it … he is internally “degraded”. Unfortunately this degeneration is so intoxicating and addictive – he will never want to be out of it for fear of insecurity. He hardly realizes that this “material prosperity” is progressively causing irreversible “mental poverty”.

Easy money of corruption, which obviously cannot be revealed to the society at large, has to be some-how spent for luxury – and that is … Alcohol, Drugs & Debauchery!  What is the result? Medical treatments! Demand for more hospitals and doctors. What do they do? Try and rob these “robbers” of their loot. What is the end result? Innocent and poor commoners cannot afford these costly medical treatments for their genuine health problems. The vicious cycle of degradation & degeneration continues till a “Bloody Revolution & Blood Bath” destroys the entire society or a country. This cycle goes on. In the game of survival called “Life” – corruption is “contra survival” in the long run – a fact hardly realized by the corrupt.

Lord Krishna knew this fundamental human nature and said – Sambhavami Yuge – Yuge! 

FDI in Indian Multi Brand Retail – A Diabolical Game Plan of the Rich & Powerful

This link gives access to one of the most lucid, yet very scientific and factual presentations I have come across, on a complex “socio-economic-political” issue world over – ENGLISH – FDI in multi-brand retail Dangerous for India Aug
I have been in the health care field for long and understand that – A substance that kills instantly or quickly is called poison. But – that which kills slowly over a long period, by progressively weakening the system is called a drug. But this awareness does not prevent the diabolical attraction towards drugs for the seekers of instant relief instead of cure. And it is compulsively and irresistibly very attractive to those in the line – who benefit financially … directly or indirectly from the sale of drugs.
Similarly, anything that robs people’s lives or livelihood “very slowly” is considered intelligent, legal, modern and progressive. The marketing strategy (by the vested interests) of FDI in Retail is as simple in it’s appearance at the protagonist’s end – as is cruel and diabolical at the receiver’s end. In short, the powerful and rich want to convince the weak and poor that – “Dying is inevitable for all”. If it is voluntary, it is painless – but if you resist, it will be painful. Killing is a sin only if it is done too fast. But when done very slowly, it is help.
The presentation by Mr. Sekhar Swamy is quite enlightening and his efforts positively commendable … in short, worth going through by all.

Dharma – Everything that is there to know about!

If there is one word in “Sanskrit” that pervades the entire physical & material universe on one side – and also the universe of Life & Spirit on the other side – it is “Dharma”. It is used very colloquially on one side by all and sundry – as much as with extreme poignancy and significance by the very learned to explain the esoteric truths of God’s creations.

Let us look at the Indian mythological connection to this word and I quote ….

Dharma: An ancient “Hindu Sage” – a Rishi, who married thirteen of Daksha‘s daughters. According to the Mahabharata, Daksha sprang from the right thumb of Brahma, and his wife from that god’s left thumb. Their numerous progeny, transparently personifications of virtues and religious rites, were married to – “Dharma” (meaning moral duty in Sanskrit); to Kashyapa – another ancient sage and the grandfather of Manu, the progenitor of mankind;  and to Soma – the king of the Brahmins and  the guardians of sacrifices.  Dharma in Hindu religion is the doctrine of the duties and rights of each caste in the ideal society, and as such the mirror of all moral action.

Now we look at the religious interpretations and I quote ….

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Indian Democracy – Coming Dark Times

Historically – that is since the Vedic periods – India had been a very large group of monarchies, ranging in size from very small to very large, such as the size of a present small village of population of 500 to the size of an Empire with a population of 10 million or more … in those days. The ruling kings were benevolent dictators – highly educated in and self-governed by Dharma (Ethics). The rules of succession were laid down so clearly, that there were hardly any conflicts on that account. Competence to deliver good and impartial justice internally and ability to ward off threats externally were considered most important characteristics needed for a monarch – in the process of selection and election.

While the kings enjoyed the privilege and prerogative of nominating their successors while still functioning as kings – it was not automatic for confirmation. The ministers had the right to question the choice and selection of the king – about the track record of the nominee prince or the heir-apparent.  Only after due deliberations on the choice of the successor, the new prince was confirmed for the crowning ceremony. The popularity of the king’s nominee with the common people of the kingdom was also a major factor in determining the suitability of the heir-apparent prior to the confirmation as the crown prince. Even a small blemish in following the ethics or morals by the individual will permanently disqualify him for future kinghood. He was to function as de facto king (king in probation) – under the supervision of the actual king – for fairly long time to prove his mettle before getting the final confirmation as the king by the governing council of ministers. The retired king was never powerless; he held the veto power to disqualify the newly crowned king – if he becomes unpopular later by virtue of his conduct and bad governance. There was no incentive to indulge in corruption, while there were all rewards for good governance. Read the rest of this entry

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