Friday, 14 June 2013

Can we revive India?

At first when we transact with government officials, we experience a lackadaisical attitude, one devoid of all human care, intent on something else, their own. These are today's people - not merely the public "servants", but the public too. We go to a local store to buy groceries and either break queues or find others doing so for impatience is how most live.

The first time you pay a bribe, you are only encouraged to follow, as you "seem" to have saved precious time. The law takes its own course, which in semantics means at least 10% of your life-time (and that is relatively a high cost of time.) It doesn't stop here.

One day you are hit by everyone taking bribes or financial favors from you, and on that day you are powerless to do anything. You either pay, or lay waste whatever task it is you were up to. One day this "task" will be close to your heart. You will be surrounded by people who think not of others but of themselves - this is not corruption, but selfishness to the core. If I could term it something, it is selfishness beyond self that is our malady.

I have seen hospital staff do their "best" - and in that respect, medical facilities in India exist. Medical care perhaps existed some day, but today no one cares about anyone else, save themselves. You cannot expect these people overnight to "care" medically about another person or even unconditionally about their own loved ones. Cleanliness in the Indian mind has been cleaned away to leave only the dirt and disarray remain.

India can be fixed, if people 'care'. Each person ought to do their part in caring for another, just like a scout is never supposed to rest for the day until having performed a good deed for someone else. We have to be prepared and do our good deed for the day every day, day after day.

If "caring for others" seems increasingly impossible, then, as it is happening today ...
  • Religion is for Burial and Cremation - It serves no other purpose; avarice is all that it holds.
  • Government service is merely an instrument to make more and more money - nothing else.
  • People would rather leave a human dead on the road as they "are too busy."
  • Those who live by violence shall inevitably die of it, yet they shall find the power to take lives intoxicating.
  • Those intoxicated shall keep trying to escape from reality only to find themselves fall into the same pit.
  • People shall not follow rules on the road until they suffer an accident.
  • Marriage shall be convenience, either to share wealth or a license for baby-making or whatever else.
  • Couples shall fight, win divorce, lose their homes and lives in vanity.
  • Children shall no more care about their parents, but use them as ladders to climb the ladder of vanity.
  • Fear alone shall motivate, for nothing else shall move the lost hearts of humans.
  • Anger shall prevail, revolutions shall spark, but achieve nothing as much as what happened in Taxila 2,500 years ago.
  • Children of the new era shall fall prey to Hermes' inventions, forget memory, forget care, forget love and be no more than machines.
What is written above is observed most commonly, there are exceptions, but the few that may be overtaken too soon ...

Today, we can stop this all. No solo human can do this, yet together with everyone, this can be done. Evil is never destroyed - only transformed to good. There is nothing that cannot change, nor be transformed. The moment we believe that change is impossible, change for the worse is inevitable.

It is not in the hands of one, but in each of us that the future remains.

All that humans have that the machines of today do not have, is care and compassion. Are we ready to show the world what is being human or are we ready to see the age of machines predate our very existence? A choice still remains. As we ourselves turn into machines that know not compassion nor goodness, our extinction seems inevitable. The fault and blame lie not outside us, but within our very core. Yet, we love to escape from feeling this. Are we naive or have we lost it all? This is truly worse than the metaphoric loss of Paradise.

If technology does not let us wait and stare at the skies like the Ionians of ancient Greece, to imagine thoughts to understand the universe better, then it is lacking. The rush of a day is akin to a drug, giving highs on impatience, dwelling on the void, letting us accomplish nothing.

If we do not act today, all of society shall fall apart as human-kind envisioned by H G Wells shall be no more than animals with primal instincts.

The above holds good for perhaps more nations and societies, but it would be folly on my part to comment on that which I have not experienced.