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    Elephant Towed by a Rope
    As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” My....... More
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The Freedom and Responsibilities of Media
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"The `freedom of communication` is enshrined in the constitution with "rights" to inform the public without jeopardizing the security of the citizens and the integrity of the State and Property. However, freedom of "rights" must be in consonance with its "duties and responsibilities". "Rights" and "Responsibilities" are karmically inseparable.

The role as well as the responsibility of the media is to provide authentic information that would be beneficial to all without deliberate misrepresentation to cause sensation that may infringe on the rights of others. The media is a most powerful entity and must recognize its power and influence in shaping the world conduct and outlook. It is important that media personnel understand the consequences of biased opinions and daggered editorials in relations to facts with respect to the boundaries of their duties and responsibilities. This is because the objectives of the shareholders, editors and journalists are often very very very different. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance both "internal" as well as "external". Therefore media personnel are required to develop intense "moral skills" in the pursuit of their livelihood less they bare their souls to the highest bidder and expose the colour of their morality.

In the field of journalism or mass communication, news and views are subjected to the same law of cause and effect. It does not matter the category of journalism, it is the motive and intent of writer that matters. If a story is twirled and twisted to distort the facts to intentionally incriminate or to sway public opinion, then one can guess where the arrow will come to a stop on its return journey. Better believe it, what goes around, also comes around.

In fact the "Media", in its many forms is a living entity. The infrastructure represents its "body" whereas the people represent its "soul". The "motive" behind any news, views, opinions and editorials determines the karmicity and the consequential effect to its producers. If the stories represent the facts as they happened, then the producers get the rewards, but if the stories misrepresent the facts and cause sorrow to humanity, the producers incur the wrath of the karmic consequences. The karmic arrow of "effect" always rebounds along the same path as the "cause", the final target being the "motivator". Just as there is individual karma, there is also "corporate karma".

The "pen" of the media has righted many wrongs and has championed the cause of the dispossessed and hence its was knighted the title "the pen is mightier than the sword". However, there is the perception that it has sometimes brought "shame and suicide in the family" and hence the "nighted" title, "the pen is deadlier than the sword". Don’t be fooled, the spoken word is the same as the "pen", so remember "great people don’t need to say much".

Therefore, it is necessary to have the awareness that the conscience is but the "supreme judiciary" of the law of "cause and effect". Here, divine justice is never denied or delayed, for the law of karma is automatic and self-dispensing and it is never asleep. May we always retain freedom of the Media by sustaining the conscience of the Median".

The writer, BK Khem Jokhoo is an engineer by profession. In the last 10 years, he has done extensive studies in values and spirituality. He is the author of "Festival, Values and Commentaries of the World’s Oldest Religion" and has published many papers some dealing with moral values. He is a student and teacher of Yoga and Meditation. He is an engineer/physicist by profession.636 2781/2

 

 

 


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