Recently I read this poem by Betty Midlers and it struck me as a poem written for the present times that we are in. I will quote one of the paragraphs here…

From a distance, we all have enough
And noone is in need
There’re no guns, bombs nor disease
No hungry mouths to feed
From a distance, we’re instruments marching in a common band
Playing songs of hope
Playing songs of peace
They’re songs of every man.

Quite profound are the thoughts, but how many people would actually sit back and think about them. We are at war perenially, whether it is a proxy one or real. The whole world is in turmoil, millions of people die everyday due to war and yet we have the guts to say that the Tsunami was an international disaster when just over a million had passed away.

I shudder to think of people who do not have access to a square meal, of people who are perenially worried of an explosion, of people who suffer from diseases and yet do not have access to medicines due to their poor economic condition. Yet, what gets publicized in the media are the gangster wars, expansive coverage of lavish weddings, the frequent change in political conditions and coverage on some stupid case going against some individual.

And we have people who are the very cause of destruction being named Person of the year, getting a Nobel Peace prize and we have people who are not recognized just because they are from a Third World country. Here, I am reminded of a quote by Mark Twain who said”It is better to deserve an honour and not recieve it, than to recieve one and not deserve it”.

Oliver Holmes had said “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving” and I sincerely feel that it will not be long before people begin to find their direction and go back to the fundamentals which are beyond money, power and evaluate as to what gives them happiness.


3 comments so far

  1. Manasa on

    Sensitive and profound.

    I hope each one of us does something, as it is ‘The Power of One’ that has made a difference many a time in the past and will continue to in future.

  2. Anonymous on

    Buddy, let’s just have some technical stuff and a blog on financial…that would be fantastic.

  3. Anonymous on

    I am not sure if i am loosing focus or its ur writing, I used to wait to read ur blog before but now i am kind of getting lost cant really see what i am reading…

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