Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Life isn't a bowl of cherries

Biologist proved long time back that life is always the survival of the fittest. By fittest, you can say the mightiest and the most powerful. Of course others always try to stand up and are successful in their own ways, balancing how much they can fight and how much they can adapt. Let me clarify beforehand that I am not advocating anyone. I am just trying to highlight the fact that we need to look within before shouting.

For the current economic condition, all have to take the blame. In the recent prosecution of Richard Fuld in the Capitol Hill, the congressmen were trying to make Lehman CEO as the scapegoat. They know everyone is in a mess and are just pointing fingers to save themselves. It takes courage to take responsibility and not to point fingers. When the going was good, all the politicians and the investment bankers made money. Even when it was not so good, their earnings were not bad. The treasury secretary himself and few other politicians who were CEO of the biggest investment firms have already made their millions and I don't think that they have the right to find someone to take the blame. They are all responsible for this big mess. If they feel so horrible, they can try to give back to the system by not accepting this year's compensation. I don't think it would even affect their multimillion savings.

This reminds me of some excerpts from My Life by Bill Clinton. His impeachment was not depended on what he did but who was in the power. In his second tenure, the Republicans were in majority in Congress. Had it been Democrats, it’s possible the impeachment might not even come through. I am not supporting what he did was right, all I am trying to say is others are equally bad too. The fact is so many people are trying to accuse others when they themselves are swimming in the same waters. Of course this is what politics is but is the human side completely lost?

What we need now is a leader to looks beyond and focuses on getting the results. This is such a simple statement and all would know but I wonder if the system so bad that none of the leader is able to make a break through. Of all the Indian politicians, Abdul Kalam is the only one I respect, maybe because he is not politician in the first place. He is a scientist who believes in betterment of humanity. I know there are many more like him across the world. I wonder if the power of communication could be strong enough to make them come together. In all world crises, it has never been a question of right or wrong but has always been a power play.

7 comments:

Eveningson said...

Life and cherries and the grass is greener over the septic tank were fine american books.

But according to the Swedes, reading american books just dont do it no more. Europe is the center of literature and American writing is much to insular and the slave to american popular culture. Hence, Le Clezio and his nobel prize.

Have never heard of him. Heard of Toni Morrison though, and James Lee Burke, and Philip Roth and Kurt Vonnegut. Wonder what is wrong with me.

Good on you and your books...

Garryx.

ceedy said...

Will come back and read it - you are tagged! meanwhile

Gazal said...

yes

Dr.Kalam is more of a sciencetist than a politician.

its sad,when you hardly see any fresh blood getting into politics these days.

the scenario is changing,hopefully

ugich konitari said...

Up there at the top, whether in politics or business, it has now become a rarified life amidst the riches. Guys at lower levels, who perform a semblance of work/governance end up being evaluated and penalised etc.

No one is interested in righting situations so long as their pockets get filled.

If this is evolution, I am worried .....

ceedy said...

I think and feel...its time to change the way "governance" is as also its time to change the way "economics" is perceived all around....

a new start is needed..

Suma said...

i respect Dr. APJ kalam a lot...

and we need a fresh perspective for any change to happen...

Suma said...

ahem!!! tag done...