* A Fine Culture Poem by Samanyan Lakshminarayanan

* A Fine Culture

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They were indeed simple people
the people of the east
A FINE CULTURE they did have
the people of the east

the east should have given the rest
when the west brought out the 'machine'
the east brought out the 'human'

Today's world is not lacking in machine
Today's world is lacking in human

Today's east is sending 'productive men' all over
the east should have sent 'human men' all over
How did the east stray?
when did it loose it's way?

The east then found everything in simplicity
simplicity was it's strength and beauty
simplicity gave the east it's integrity
simplicity never ever gave the east an inferiority

Today the east mocks the west
the 'material' wealth of the west..has
put to rest...the
true spirit of the east

We blame it on simplicity
we say we were plundered due to our simplicity
a handed down book on simplicity
only became a liability..we say

What the west had gained
everybody did gain...the 'machine'
what the east had lost
everbody did loose...the 'human'

Today what are we in
an 'un human' man is managing a dangerous dumb 'machine'...and
a fine culture

Ravi A 10 April 2009

'Simple living and high thinking'- we have forgotten this aspect and so we suffer. We misinterpret the concepts - Innocence and Contentment. Contentment to most of us is an interpretation of further non-ambitious level and innocence is coined as a state of weakness. The world hammers these ideas on generations. How can we then expect a good culture out of these misinterpretations? Innocence is a state of uninhibited mind, an unprejudiced heart. Conentment is a state of thanksgiving to god for having blest our life so far. Simplicity doesn't mean that we should not incorporate modernity but that, modernity should not go beyond our means and just to show off ourselves. There is an element of contentment within the concept of simplicity. This is the truth.

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Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar 10 April 2009

good write. the east is aping the west because the east is held inferior to the west. shan

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Ramesh T A 10 April 2009

Due to this kind of development we find now machinebeastmen and inhuman creatures!

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Ken E Hall 09 April 2009

A very good comment on east and west and the west were on the take, but on hindsight Genghis Khan didn't do too badly on the take. the people of the east still have a fine culture very thought provoking poem......+++10 In the future mankind will be bald live in a bubble and just float with the wind regards uavanice1

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Sathyanarayana M V S 12 April 2009

We are somewhere in between. Lingering between humane thoughts our heritage taught and the West-machine, tempting us to trot........

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Issy Tellâ 29 March 2019

Very nice story one of the most amazing poems I've ever read

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Mubeen Sadhika 30 September 2009

Good analysis. excellent narration. amazing.

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Pandian Angelina 17 July 2009

A time to stop and think Have we lost all - Or Can we salvage still Not all is lost So long you are ther To inspire and impress Us to seek for our roots And try to lead simple lives. A very wonderful and thought provoking poem. Leading us to question where have we placed our values and what are our aims in this mortal life? Angel

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Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal 16 April 2009

ya east and west both apart poles but still complement to each.ne in abundance and other in short. well man and machine can do miracles if well nit

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Ravi Sathasivam 16 April 2009

An excellent poem. A message for everyone. Thanks for sharing with me

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