Society will remain “messed” unless we do something

Read the full article http://blog.kapilvirenahuja.com/2012/02/07/society-remain-messed/.

Our society is terribly messed up and we are heading towards a melt-down. Sooner or later, there will be a revolution when the minorities – not caste, not religion but all those who suffer will loose their patience and will rise in union to overhaul the current system we have. The greater the Evil, the greater the Good – it is only time when masses of people will rise to uphold what is right and it will be marred with blood in hope that the world there on will be a better one. A fellow blogger posted about why he likes politics. His post is interesting and in the most uncanny manner highlights that if we want to fight anything we should first fight the evil in us. If we are ready to suffer the pain of our righteous decisions then “corrupter’s” will be left no option but to do their job. In recent times, we have been taught that with “bribe” we can get anything we want easily and we do not want to wait. We do not want suffer the consequences of our decisions even if they are right (me included). And then, we want people like Anna to fight for us. So convenient!!

Until, then lets continue to boil this Ocean of Emotions, one day we would have done enough to generate the heat that is needed.

Society will remain “messed” unless we do something

United States Declaration of Independence explains the “right to revolution” and I quote from the artifact

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Which I translate in its simplest form (from National Treasure) - If there’s something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action. This can also be re-phrased as “With great powers come great responsibilities” (Spider-man).

I completely agree with all what has been said here, yet we see a society which is so messed up. We see people who do nothing they sit on the sidelines and talk about what can be done to make improvements. I am as messed up as much as others are. We wait for messiah to come along to fix things for us. Anna Hazzare’s campaign is the most current case of where we have waiting for someone to come and fight our fight. And then Anna himself quoted in Janta Ki Adalat that he wants to stay out of politics “I want to stay out of the Mud”. We all want to use others to fight for us.

On Sunday, I was watching the movie No One Killed Jessica; everyone in India would know of the case who lived between 1999 and 2006 would know of the case. Jessica Lal was murdered in 1999 and for 7 years the accused were released because of “reasonable doubt”.  Somehow even with 300 witnesses, the accused walked free. Amazing how things can turn out in a society where people who are trusted to upheld the Law do just the opposite.

The biggest talking point of Indian Society (Delhi in specific is women safety). I stumbled upon this response which is so beautiful written. For many times, we have been debating upon what girls wear, when we should be talking about the bastards who do heinous things. Once again, I quote:

You focus on raising a son that you can confidently send to a party even if you think that you will die if he inappropriately touches a woman and I’ll focus on raising a daughter full stop.

In recent times, everyone has been condemning Congress for their deeds. It were us who got them elected into power in 2009, for a second successive term. It was us, who elected the opposition who are no way better and in elections in 2014 it will be us who will vote them into power. The whole system is screwed and yet all we want is to fight “the corruption”. I consider myself a common man with responsibilities to feed my family and provide them a good life – and sometimes when I think of doing things to leave this life and go serve the nation and fix things, I am left asking myself “What good is my Karma serving my nation and leaving my family to fend for themselves?”. And yet, I can provide my support when men like Anna Hazare take on the villains of our society, but I know in my heart that there is another ulterior motive or else who can movements like those fizzle out in under a year.

Our society is terribly messed up and we are heading towards a melt-down. Sooner or later, there will be a revolution when the minorities – not caste, not religion but all those who suffer will loose their patience and will rise in union to overhaul the current system we have. The greater the Evil, the greater the Good – it is only time when masses of people will rise to uphold what is right and it will be marred with blood in hope that the world there on will be a better one. A fellow blogger posted about why he likes politics. His post is interesting and in the most uncanny manner highlights that if we want to fight anything we should first fight the evil in us. If we are ready to suffer the pain of our righteous decisions then “corrupter’s” will be left no option but to do their job. In recent times, we have been taught that with “bribe” we can get anything we want easily and we do not want to wait. We do not want suffer the consequences of our decisions even if they are right (me included). And then, we want people like Anna to fight for us. So convenient!!

Until, then lets continue to boil this Ocean of Emotions, one day we would have done enough to generate the heat that is needed.

 

Responsibility

I don’t have to describe what “Responsibility” is; I assume we all know of it because in some form or other we do have responsibilities. However, many a times we measure our responsibilities in terms of the value of the object we are responsible of. Let us assume that we borrow 2 objects from someone – 1) A jewelry piece like a gold necklace worth 50K and 2) A travel bag worth 1K. If you ask yourself honestly a question – “how much will you be worried if you lose one of those items?”.

I am going to make a generalized statement – “Most people would most worried about the necklace and not care so much about the bag.” And, by care I mean not just loosing it, but also damage, handling it and anything else that may cause harm to the object.

Yesterday, I was presented with something similar. We borrowed a travel bag from a relative and as I planned to come back from USA, I figured out that the charges for me to carry that bag will be around $150. I instantly decided that it was not worth spending that amount of money on ensuring that bag gets back. It was decided that we will talk to the owner of the bag and if need be we will buy another one from India and simply replace it. Today, as I think of it, what would be the reaction is this was the case with a necklace worth 50K. I can safely say it would have been very different.

So why does responsibility changes with the cost of the object. Thinking more deeply into the subject, I realize that it is not just the cost of the object – it is linked to the value of object for the owner. However, many a times we assume the value of the object based on how we value objects in our life. How many times have you considered an anniversary card that you received as just a card and misplaced it and not thinking that it valued so much to the person who gifted you; more so misplaced a present/card that someone else received because you don’t value care of the ones you receive. Do we care enough to ask the person if it is okay to let the thing be ask them of their opinion of the object and its value (not monitory, but importance) for them and then decide how we should make amends if anything should happen to it.

And, I also tie this up to debts to the person. Taking something from someone and not returning it back for whatever reason or returning it back not in its original condition means like borrowing money and not giving it back or giving a partial amount back. It is just being in debt of the person forever however small it is. And all that counts up. So, I finally decided that I am going to spend the money and take the bag back to India and ensure that I am not in anyone’s debt no matter what it costs me. They handed me a bag and I was responsible of getting it back to them. More so, it ensures that I don’t let go of my sense of responsibility no matter how small the object it.