Against Interlocutors

This is not a new topic in my blog.

I have consistently advised my close circle of friends and relatives that intermediaries are just that – they are used to negotiate a position wherever necessary. They are more suitable to act as go-betweens in a conflict between two nations. They should not perform that role between two persons or between a person and God.

There is nothing better than direct negotiations between two persons who are embroiled in a conflict. The same goes for relationship with a super-natural force, such as God.

However, whatever be the religion, or whatever be the nationalities, man has long depended on interlocutors to solve problems, especially the thorny ones. But, it is also a fact that such efforts rarely lead to lasting peace.

There are many examples, the most recent one being the panel of interlocutors appointed by the Government of India to negotiate with the militants of Jammu & Kashmir State. It is not going anywhere. Except where the issue is mostly of a technical nature, I believe intermediaries won’t be able to make a big impact. Where it concerns passion and extremism, and super-natural forces, it would be hard for interlocutors to perform their function effectively.

Though, it is a fact that we try to do most things in life through intermediaries, even in the digital world. This is one reason why corruption is now a raging topic in India.

The value-addition by intermediaries is questionable, and the strength and stability of the people seeking intermediaries is also strongly questionable. When we seek peace with spirit or God, that is for us as individuals to achieve in our own ways. If one cannot discover the good in oneself, he would never be able to achieve peace with God. Any attempt by him/her to achieve peace with the help of an intermediary would be futile.

The world does not understand this fact, and continues to belabour with interlocutors whenever the opportunity arises. The priests and swamis and go-betweens are more than happy to oblige.

The other major issue with the average man is that he symbolizes the intermediary as identical to the divine influence he is seeking, thereby making a God out of a Man. It is not only predominant in the Eastern cultures, we have seen evidence of this happening in Western cultures as well, and even today. Any example I give is likely to antagonize people, so I am avoiding direct references in this blog post.

It is critical to synchronize one’s thoughts with a higher level of engagement by oneself, instead of looking for outside help. No outside help is necessary. The same goes for resolution of issues between two states or two nations or two factions. Direct negotiation is always the best course of action, because eventually we have to live with each other – interlocutors will disappear.

I might have been a bit vague out here, but my readers will understand what I am driving at. Personally, I prefer the digital world of direct interaction to seek out what I want and resolve issues directly. You might simply ask – is God digital ? Yes, he is, but that discussion for some other time !

Wishing you all “Season’s Greetings” for a wonderful Christmas and New Year !!


Vijay Srinivasan
25th December 2011


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