The Elusive Ism Poem by Varanasi Ramabrahmam

The Elusive Ism

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The twentieth century marvel and peneaca for human suffering,
That was widely perceived to rid human race of exploitation by fellow humans
And uplift the downtrodden and the have nots, got disgraced,
And thrown out from the land of its birth and lands of experimentation
And implementation, the Communism,
Is cooling its heels in the hearts of the die hard sympathizers;

China, still claiming communist in “spirit”, curbing freedom to its citizens,
Has cleverly implemented the other rival ism, the capitalism,
Reaped the associated benefits, is now suffering the disadvantages
Heaped on the world of nations by the greedy and consumerist folk,
Cutting jobs and making lives of millions listless and agonizing,
But capitalism is still not blamed for human losses in dignity and respect;

Socialism, the pet of modern international and Indian politicians for the last sixty and odd years
Is replaced in implementation by welcoming globalization,
The arm of capitalism by their own creed;

Rationalism, feminism, dalitism, etc., isms too
Are thriving in many hearts to correct wrongs
Respectively done to the concerned;
Still humanity is restless;


Is it not because it has not taken seriously
The eternal and time-tested ism, that brings peace and strength to human mind,
Whether one is successful or otherwise; rich or otherwise;
All the isms together can not emancipate humans
Unless they cultivate spiritualism, the essence of humanism,
The King of all isms;

Else the search for “proper” ism
Continues forever fruitlessly
Eluding humanity the required beneficent ism

Indira Babbellapati 15 August 2009

isms are survival mechanisms and the answer to human restlessness lies beyond all isms...

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Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK 28 October 2009

‘Unless they cultivate spiritualism, the essence of humanism…’ It’s the remedy. Nice observation Sir. Ten. Ms. Nivedita UK Invite you to read and comment: LINGERIE- IG [new post.] Enigmatic Navel or other poems niv

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warner treuter 21 August 2009

I'm afraid it's beginning to look more and more like a case of evolutionism. The human race is simply not ready to take that next step up but we've got our foot raised, always a good sign. We have to learn to do it in a way that will not leave us weak before the 'bad guys' and there are bad guys out there. We have to have Buddha's Right Beliefs and what is right for you may not be right for me, but it has to be Right for each of us. As Buddha said: Be a light unto yourselves. Are we bright enough?

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Sathyanarayana M V S 18 August 2009

A meaningful discussion on isms, with timely cautions.

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Rajaram Ramachandran 17 August 2009

There are other good 'Isms' also, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Gandhism, which teach how man should live like a man and not like beasts. But what to do? In the pairs of opposites, devils also exist along with angels. God has to descend to this world everytime and take an avatar to set rigth this growing disorder for which He is not responsible.

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Ramesh T A 15 August 2009

Yes, you are correct; all isms are just political gimmicks! In this material world many have forgotten spiritualism though humanism is the foundation! Nice!

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Varanasi Ramabrahmam

Varanasi Ramabrahmam

Vegeswarapuram, India
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