If you think you’ve got no blood in your hands, Think again!. If you think you’ve got no responsibilities to others, Think again. If you think none have died because of you, Think again. Keep thinking until you come to the realization that it is true.
You’ve got blood on your hands. You don’t think, you’ve never wanted to, you don’t reason… you just want to have the easy life… the pretty life… the romantic life as portrayed by everything you’ve seen since you were born. Well, you were fed crap and you ate it! now you’re a piece of s*** yourself. You now defend the small piece of stupid egg-shell you cower under due to Freudian impulses helping you as a survival strategy. you never wanted to know the truth, the truth hurts. You could not handle the truth and your stupid brain being evolutionary stupid shut itself down and made you blind to the truth.
A few references in this article would be readily understandable to the Indian reader. Though, I bet all humans in every part of the world could relate to some or the other similar issues.
You see those poor people around you? the ones whom you ignore and walk away, helpless and hopelessly you wander till you become blind. You’ve been taught to be blind to your surroundings. Taught to care only about oneself, Taught to just live life by being the biggest ape in the Jungle. The ape that makes other apes suffer. yeah! you’re the devil ape, the testosterone fueled “ugly” that tries to rule. you don’t think so..? read along…
Now, I say to you this, In the wake of development in India, the society has essentially divided by a huge margin. The poor have gotten even poorer, the rich kept being pigs and greedy. All the people want a piece of the golden grub that they squat and kiss ass for it. They wish God would just help them satisfy their greed and get pissed when their greed is destroyed a little bit. People don’t think. They desperately want to believe the mass media, they want to believe anything that is said in a great oration!. People would start eating shit if it was marketed by Apple Inc. yes! I bet they’d even form a queue. They’d vote for the person who promises a lot of development but the form of development is irrelevant to them. There have been a lot of development at the cost of huge losses to various people like the indigenous people of India. Do you care..? oh no! you just want to see if our diplomats’ ass is alright when she landed on the cushion.
This is a case that happened way back, in the days of kings of old: There were three villages. One village was burnt, all the men from an another village were Jailed and the third afraid and angry sided with the rebels. well, now that I recall, it’s a story from current day India. Oh..? don’t believe me..? or perhaps you think they deserved it, dearest..?. Oh..? you devil in disguise… It’s the Maoist problem plaguing India. The problem could be stated simply like this:… there are neutral villages. The greedy companies saw the resources in the village.. yeah much like the plot in Avatar.. I know. They wanted to mine for the resources and displaced 10 villages in promise of land and money. did they get it..? no, they did not… typical modern world victor mentality who take what they want from a weaker voiceless person. Then there was a small band of mercenaries who kinda hated the government and they said, let’s f*** the government for what they’ve done to you. The villagers, ignorant and gullible, took to the mercenaries and now, they’re a terrorist faction. government now angry and naive, treated them as such and is still waging a small-scale war against them. Does the government have a good strategy to deal with them..? NO!. They’re ignorant bigots who’ve no idea of Game theory or anything.. they’re uneducated fools running the government coz it is a profitable business without any formal knowledge. So, what did the government do..? Ah! yes! they wanted votes and wanted to show people that they are in control and hence they’d probably deploy the military showing all their might. Oh..? and before.. did I just say 10 villages..? ah! that’s not right.. the number of people affected account for 8% of the Indian population… yeah… that much!.
Now your argument is this, you might think you’ve got nothing to do with anything… that you’re a simple man taking care of yourself and minding your own business. I say, you do have blood in your hands… take for example this simple scenario, if money accumulates in one part, an equal amount needs to be lost somewhere else.. Yeah! the business giants who hold infinite wealth whom you consider ‘great’ are a total jackass. Take this simple example: There is 100 rupees in circulation between 3 people… one, a farmer produces the food, two, a person to cook the food and three, a person to transport it. Now, if each person charges the correct amount, the money should circulate quite smoothly and keep everybody fed. Now, if the cook thinks he’s better than the farmer and the transporter, he starts charging more… he creates advertisements and other gimmicks so that you’d pay more… now, slowly, the money gets accumulated with the cook and the cook get a majority share of the 100 and the farmer starves to death. Now say, the transporter takes over the job of both the farmer and transportation, the system does indeed recover but with just two people and the farmer out of the picture. The cook is not a huge crook, he simply thought that he was entitled to a bit more coz others were not equal to him. It is this simple thought that “others are not equal” that makes a huge difference in the way people see. This inequality in society is caused by the ego devil who pretends to be you and is you!. If a person is wealthy enough to satiate his greed and hence is ego, he has blood on his hands. I quote this one line from my favorite anime ‘full metal alchemist’: “Even when our eyes are closed, there are people who live outside ourselves and our dreams”
Of course the market is highly complex and the way it interacts with the world is quite not easily perceived. But take this another simple illustration: Mr Baggins with loads of cash in his bag gives a small charity to 10 people of 5$ each. Also, say, these ten people each had 15$ before. Our Mr. Baggins also offers to sell ‘Bling Bling’ gel at 20$ which he made by spending just 5$. This product is aimed at those people who received the charity and hence are now able afford this (they think bling bling gel would make world go all bling bling and sparkly). Thus the poor people who received Mr. Baggins’ charity are actually paying 10$ to our Mr. Baggins. Now replace Mr. Baggins with the US government and our shiny ‘bling bling’ with say, a wheat harvester. Now you kinda get the picture that though the developed nations give a lot to charity, they in turn are taking a lot more from the poorer countries that they grow richer while the poorer countries grow poorer. This does not only apply to something as huge as countries… it might be happening right at the company you work at. Oh! well, they do pay you and you’d dare not question, you blind clueless bastard.
I do believe that clueless and uninformed politicians who guides the flow of events are half the problem with these things. But, arent’ politicians a representation of the people they govern..? so it’s essentially in all of us to be faulty. But that does not mean that we cannot change… be more conservative with the things that you deem as needs and wants and with the needs satiated, be gentle with the wants. Ah! one great excuse that people give: “I need to secure my future”, well, the future can never be secure how much ever you prepare for it. don’t make other people’s present worse just to give a false sense of security to your future. Teach your children that all are equal however different they might seem.
Now, knowing this, also know that it’s oneself that one can really change… I believe that the only one I can change is myself and write this article basically to remind myself of what my thoughts are so that I’d never forget it. Note that the author includes himself when he uses the word ‘you’.
Oh..? you read till the end..? That should have been painful…. well… err… post your comments whatever they be… :)