Monday, September 05, 2016

Perspective

Vasu Reddy from Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

Your two eyes are always working together but never see eye to eye.  In reality they function well independent of each other, while essentially doing the same thing.  For those with not so perfect 20/20 vision, they have a slightly different variation in sight, but still the eyes “don’t see eye to eye.”

The whole world and life is full of perspective.  We simply have our own way of looking at things, and can be seeing the same thing and see things so differently as black and white.

From day and night, mother Teresa, Clinton and Trump and religion and interpretation; each person’s perspective can be as different as day and night.  There is no right or wrong, simply different.  The logic behind perspective can be self beliefs, ability to comprehend, upbringing, constant reinforcement, and choosing sides and any number of life’s teaching that every individual chooses to side with, simply forms the perspective.

Mother Teresa “Saint Teresa of Calcutta” canonized Sep 4, 2016 by Pope Francis.  Even Mother Teresa has not been without controversies on her mission and work.  However one would like to visualize her, you will be reminded of a frail and a very small lady mostly without any expression, who worked in the most difficult conditions in helping and caring for the neediest.  Most of her 87 years on earth were spent in caring for the neediest.  While the critics point to accountability with her mission and her role with converting people to Christianity.  Irrespective of how you would like to look at Mother Teresa’s life and legacy, her efforts in caring for the neediest will continue to stand out.  Her life and times have made human compassion an ear mark for 5,000 other who continue her work in all points of the earth.  She simply was a model for doing god’s work, and even years after her death her mission continues to care for the neediest.  Whatever her methods were, there was one simple reason for what she did; she cared for human beings.

There is not a single person or a single instance that all human beings agree on, and we constantly form our own opinion on good or bad, or sometimes indifference.  The matter of perspective comes into common sense analogy of any/every instance.  As in day and night it is constant as the rotation of earth and going around the sun, remains constant and the difference is really as good as day and night.  Why we have adapted to each of the 24 hours and how our life style has changed with electricity and travel, once again it is simply a matter of time and perspective.  How did people live, survive and communicate a generation head of us, and the continuous advancements in life, technology and science, we continue to evolve and now a days have a better way to document our achievements (for a fact anything we do).

The 2016 USA presidential election has given us Clinton verses Trump as our primary candidates to choose from.  One a career politician and public servant and Trump a real estate businessman whose dealing by and large remain private (as I write) except for gossip magazines.  Their parties are of 100% different perspective of world, life, management and government.  Most of the voters are also aligned with the philosophy (perspective) of either democrats or republicans.  A few of the citizens remain undecided but by and large the nation’s population sides with the perspective of democrats or republicans.  There is really not a whole lot of presidential policy making outside of party’s perspective.

The current election is not as interesting as the Regan/Carter, Kennedy/Nixon and some of the old duels of yesteryears.  The start contrast in policy and politics no longer have any bearing.  The 24/7/365 news and internet coverage focuses on only the negatives.  How unpopular each candidate is explored to the ninth degree?  The candidates themselves are both pushing 70, so there is very little left to imagination of the electorate.  They are both with plenty of well documented personal and professional background.  Now one of them will be the leader of the free world (at least for the next 4 years or may be 8 years).  So the surrogates, news channels and pundits who are taking extreme steps to project the other candidate as worthless, is simply a matter of political perspective.  The nation is and will be equally divided on Clinton/Trump as their party’s standard bearer and the next president.  At this time, irrespective of how the country feels about them that’s it, there is no other choice to send to the white house.

Why are people donating hundreds of millions to the most unpopular candidates, and why is the electorate that has already sided with their choice of candidate being subjected to the constant barrage of negative perspective on the two standing candidates?  It’s really the small percentage of the population that is undecided, and who will swing the election one way or the other.  That is perhaps 1 or 2 percent of the nation that is undecided will swing the election, and the billions spent and more than a year of public bashing of the candidate/s in unimaginable language, and subjecting the entire world to  the public dissection.  All is still not forgotten even when the election is over and the next president is chosen.  This goes on every election cycle and only getting nastier with each party’s political perspective.

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