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Posted in history, moral philosophy, tagged Baghdad bombings, Benny Thomas, Certainty, Chance, current news, Friends of Syria, Iran, phlosophy, politics, President Assad, Shiia, Sunni opposition on January 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
How far chance plays a role in the history of nations? Let me recall the story I had posted some time ago.
Agastya, a householder from Tulu desam, who lived in the middle of two constantly fighting neighbors Ambu and Subbu, had enough of his life. He went to Kailas to meditate. He received in due course enlightenment and his mentor asked him to choose a gift. He chose a deity in gold as large as a man’s palm.
“Chance it is called.” The mentor commented.
“It is a good gift to make my going back to my folks worth remembering.” Before he reached his home he came along a river where one man was about to make a hole in the river. “Don’t,” Agastya ran up to him. “It is chance which brought me to save you.” To his great surprise he was Subbu, his neighbor.
Yogi Agastya gave him his image and said,” Remember Chance has saved you.” Not long after Subbu went on a journey and he carried his image for his protection. While passing through a forest he was waylaid by robbers and was killed for the gold he carried.
As soon as news reached his home Ambu the other neighbor went to the Yogi and fell at his feet and said “Chance which you brought was for my rescue. Was it not?”
Chance has to be explained in terms of total interaction of life-forms. Certainty is settled by actions. Certainy of any ony one set of events in turn is on its own and must take its chance with others. History as with individual plays with larger groups and on a wider scale but the principle is always the same.
In Cosmos certainty of any action creates its own chains of events which create chance for a new player. Thus the war on terror in 2003 deposed Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Consequences of US intervention seems to have strengthened the hegemony of Shi’ia faction in the Middle East. So the Sunni faction whips up an opposition to cut the role of Iran in the region. Syria’s ability to withstand the opposition is a proof of Iran’s growing clout in the region. In a 4-D world of certainty chance is in the flattened down 3-D version of reality.
On April 23,2011 post ‘Will the Real Anna Hazare Stand Up?’ I had suggested the mischief he was likely to sow in Indian politics. While he was conducting his ‘Mr. Clean’ act there was a Baba also creating ruckus in New Delhi. The Baba soon proved to be not Mr. Clean but a tool for the Fundamental groups (that like Hazare would put the lower caste in their place) and both were cut from same communal casteist cloth. As elections are in the offing Ms. Kiran Bedi has let out the secret ingenuously: She is rooting for Narendra Modi and by extension she hinted which way Anna Hazare was blowing. The cop-turned social worker has much more to do in order to counter Kejriwal’s populist antics. AAP in my calculation is more likely to cut the numbers that traditionally would ally with BJP.
Indian Politics is slowly clearing up. No party shall be able to form a government without a coalition. Naturally clean politics implies comparison: will neck deep in mire is better than your good hand tainted with feces?
That begs the question: is secularism proven by deeds (however half-hearted) or a clean-up act promised by Casteism?
Posted in politics, tagged Benny Thomas, Conscience, conscientious objector, Edward Snowden, individual, justice, moral dilemma, morality, nations, politics, society on June 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Mr. Edward Snowden is traveling by commercial air while the USA want him grounded and delivered to them. Can’t a Giant get his wish?June 23.
The USA have their reasons while Mr. Snowden his reasons for what he did. Alas there isn’t an earthly court where they can establish truth.
Till such time truth can be revealed and understood by all, suffering of each is not for own self but also for sins of others.
Prisons, till Truth is enshrined in the land as real, are for the dispossessed, weak, poor and needy. The biggest rogues are let free. Because they know how to manipulate the system to their advantage.
When society made prisons it made its burden of guilt also more harsh.
What an humbling exercise to find you have practically none when you need help? President Obama is in a fix.You may judge how effective has been the US foreign policy from this.
Pres.Obama has been reaching out but his long arm, both Secretaries of State, seem to have drawn blank. It is not for want of trying but the perception others have of real intentions of the US. Is it trying to create conditions for peace and International understanding? Each nation will have its own opinion.
Diplomacy is not in not simply picking chestnuts from fire but controlling the fire till chestnuts are got out.In post-Cold War the US policy was all along to take opposite view of Russia (the war in Syria) Why should Russia oblige USA over Snowden? Now Russia takes this opportunity to deny cooperating with the US.Those who need friends must show themselves friendly that applies both in personal and national relationships. No exception to it.
Snowden affair seems to get murkier with each day. He is now like Jonah swallowed by an ideological whale. Where it will spit him out?
Snowden still at airport, Ecuador asylum decision could take months. Reason is simple. Ecuador has to think of trade with the US.
Ecuador has to think of its flowers, vegetables and the Yankee dollah funds its economy. So Snowden has to cool his heels longer.
Idealism is fine but cost prohibitive; Ecuador knows by now Marxism may be polished by rhetoric but it is money that fills their belly.
If Politics of nations runs on hard realities of dollars and cents individuals are not. So much is obvious.
Whoever first got nation concept accepted as ‘
politics of the future’ is the one who sold himself. He might have called himself a realist.Time judges how real he was.
No nation has learned to tame an individual simply because nation is a creature of all individuals where no democracy in its ideal state can exist.Nations at best try to cater to the good of majority which is not good enough for those who happen to be left out.
In the post WWII Karl
Fuchs was among a small group of intellectuals who objected the role of USA having total control of nuclear arms. He turned a spy. Compare the fate Rosenberg couple in the 50s and AQ Khan who cut an pasted nuclear secrets and sold through internet.
(On Sep.29, 2009 I posted this fable in the wordpress. On looking back I have been vindicated in my assessment that she was of no consequence in politics. Durability of a politician who lacks substance is nine day day wonder at the most. 2012 US elections proved it. She was dropped by the Fox News and her slide down is almost complete.
What is a politician who in shooting her mouth so hard will only shoot her foot instead? What is her present standing or for that matter of GOP? It is Palin Paradox: you cover your ignorance with words and the party or people who take you at your word will surely go down as you. Palin fits the bill perfectly. b. )
The Mule or the Porpoise?
Before the Council of gods there were animals all lined up. Each god except Neptune got what he wanted. Neptune found only two animals left to him and he said: Something tells me I am left with nothing but this mule and this porpoise. He was disappointed. “This porpoise hasn’t the face of a lion, it would have added to my majesty. Porpoise is not as magnificent as a leopard. I think I am unlucky”.
Jupiter said,”Tough luck.”
He suggested the mule. The Chief God was sure that the mule was direct. “This she mule is going to say what she says and if you don’t like it, that’s just too bad,”
Neptune hesitated. Jupiter urged, “She’s not going to lie, she’s not going to sugarcoat it — she’s just going to let it rip. I think that’s what she is.”
Neptune scratched his hair and said, “Still she is a mule. What I need is one who I can use under water.”
Neptune chose porpoise and it was a wise choice.
When I read the news item ‘GOP base is wild about Palin,’ I could not help thinking about Neptune’s dilemma.
(Ack:politico-Michael Falcone,Zachary Abrahamson, Sept 29)
Posted in personalities, tagged Benny Thomas, Life and Times of Charles Fox, Lord Aberdeen, parliamentary reform bill, pen portraits, politics, statesman, UK, Viscount Palmerston, Whig on December 12, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Lord John Russell(1792- 1878)
John Russell, the third son of the 6th Duke of Bedford, had naturally absorbed from his father a concern for the poor. At the age of fourteen he wrote in his diary, “What a pity that he who steals a penny loaf should be hung, whilst he who steals thousands of the public money should be acquitted.”
Soon after he finished his studies in 1812 his father arranged for him to be elected to the family seat of Tavistock. He was also granted the courtesy title, Lord Russell. In the House of Commons Russell supported the Whigs and in 1817 he made a passionate speech against the decision by Lord Liverpool and his government to suspend Habeas Corpus. Russell also took an active part in the campaign for parliamentary reform.
When Sir Robert Peel resigned Lord Russell was asked to form a new government. Russell immediate problem was to deal with the potato famine in Ireland. Russell attempted to help by allocating £10 million to be spent on public works in Ireland. Russell also paved the way the passing of the 1847 Factory Act. The following year he managed to persuade parliament to accept his government’s Public Health Act that gave municipalities powers to set up local boards of health.
In December 1851 Lord Russell sacked his foreign minister, Lord Palmerston, after he had recognised the government formed by Napoleon III in France without consulting with his fellow cabinet ministers. His political career was marked by his love-hate relationship with a formidable foe as Palmerston.In July 1861 he was raised to the peerage as Earl Russell. He continued to hold the office of foreign secretary and when Lord Palmerston died in October, 1865, Russell once again became prime minister. One of his first decisions was to try again to persuade parliament to accept the parliamentary reform proposals(The bill which included reducing the qualification for the franchise to £10 in the counties to £6 in towns) that had been rejected in 1860. The majority of the MPs in the House of Commons were still opposed to further reform and after the government was defeated on a vote on 18th June 1866, Earl Russell resigned.
After listening to Lord Russell in the House of Commons in 1838, Charles Sumners wrote thus: “Lord John Russell rose in my mind the more I listened to him. In person diminutive and rickety, he wriggled round, played with his hat, and seemed unable to to dispose of his hands or his feet; his voice was small and thin, but notwithstanding this, a house of five hundred members was hushed to catch his smallest accents. You listened, and you felt that you had heard a man of mind, of thought, and of moral elevation.”
‘President Barack Obama told USA Today in an interview published Monday that Republicans led by Mitt Romney have so twisted his record and his words that they may as well be taking on “a fictional Barack Obama.”
In order to illustrate it let me point out to what Clintwood did to an empty chair the other day. It was not just ‘eastwooding’. it was outing one’s bad emotions to another object. Children often play it. They play out their inner most fears and desires using a prop mostly their dolls. Such projections play upon visceral level. Thus the politicians create a figure( as in the case of Norman Bates’ ‘mother’ in Psycho) on whom they can project all their darkest fears.
Look at American history:
Though the new nation was formed the union of 13 colonies hadn’t totally exorcized the perception of Europe from their mind. Europe in their mind meant classicism, traditions and culture. If they would enshrine their founder what pose would they choose but a 12 ton statue of George Washington seated and draped in Roman toga?
When former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld spoke of Old and New Europe he was giving expressions to the idea. He used it in a different context. If Europe didn’t go along with American perceptions on Middle East he would look to new emerging states of East Europe for support. What was Europe in American ethos but an idea?
It was imaginary just as at the turn of the 20th century there existed in the minds of writers and artist the idea of ‘noble savage’. Herman Melville’s unspoilt South Sea was a figment of imagination just as Paul Gauguin would similarly bring to life a dream world that bore no resemblance to French Tahiti.
American critics who dub socialized medicine in Euro countries,- and dub UK for example as ‘nanny state,’ have merely ducked the problem. Instead they have clouded the much vital concern with an ideological smoke screen.
‘Socialized medicine is a term used to describe a system for providing medical and hospital care for all at a nominal cost by means of government regulation of health services and subsidies derived from taxation. It is used primarily and usually pejoratively in United States political debates concerning health care, because of the U.S. culture’s historically negative associations with socialism’. (wikipedia) Thus when the issue of healthcare is on the table what do politicians? They play upon Nationalization or socialized medicine in order to bring out the darkest fears of socialism. The red scare associated with Bolshevism and Russia, in terms of history ought to be laid to rest since the fall of Soviet Russia. But by playing upon the same fear factor by slight alterations here and there the politicans want to get more mileage. It is a ploy for leading the public away from vital interest concerning all.
The days leading to the election time political parties hurl mud on others. They do not want the electorate see their own hands but on whom it is directed.
Tailpiece: Clintwood was not really rambling but speaking to the chair in a way it could understand the actor. If we were none the wiser it is our loss.
Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason: Sir John Harrington, 1561-1612
When the same man, or set of men, holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty: -George Mason
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men: -Plato
Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots: -H.L. Mencken
“I BELIEVE that God wants me to be president.” George W. Bush
If we pursue this way, if we are decent, industrious, and honest, if we so loyally and truly fulfill our duty, then it is my conviction that in the future as in the past the Lord God will always help us: Adolf Hitler, at the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival on the Buckeburg held on 3 Oct. 1937