Many years ago, before the advent of civilization, there lived a man (rather a primitive man) Bhikhu. He used to hunt and gather, but he was almost happy. Only problem was that, day by day he was growing tired of his nomadic existence. One day he met a group of others like him and they planned to live together. They settled down near a serene flowing river and started practicing agriculture. Gone were the days of wanderings. The stability of the structure attracted many others and gradually they formed, what is now called a village. They worked day in and day out and were able to grow enough, to meet their ends. The collaboration and teamwork had just started to show results, and now they were even left with the surplus. Nobody knew what to do with the surplus. Then some wise folks came up with an idea that it was actually not necessary for all of them to be involved in cultivation. Some folks got the liberty to try out other avenues like crafts, pottery etc. There also emerged an opportunist class who volunteered to take the surplus to the newly formed markets, with the promise to return the exchange to the real custodians after keeping a commission for themselves. They were the service providers of those times or aptly called managers/administrators now. With the increase in the expanse of the civilization, it was time for someone to maintain and provide the public facilities. That led to the formation of primitive governing body or government. Question arose that who will pay the funds for the maintenance?
The likes of Bhikhu were waiting for their share to arrive. The manager now, even promised a percentage of sales(exchanged object) to the government as well. All were happy. Days went by, but little came. All this while the manager was stashing his godown with surplus and exchanged objects. Bhikhu was shocked and governor was furious. Bhikhu neither got what was promised, nor was he able to see any progress in his surrounding paraphernalia(infrastructure). The government then came up with the offer for the manager to transfer the surplus in its (government’s) treasury with a promise of future return, but the manager refused. The governor, a wise man as he was, warned the manager about a swarm of locusts inching towards his godown and tried to assure him about the safety of the state-of-the-art technology which governor had. The manager paid no heed. The swarm arrived and destroyed everything. Nothing remained and the civilization collapsed. Bhikhu and many others like him, got back to hunting and gathering.
In the light of recent developments in India, the plight of a common man is no less than that of Bhikhu. The bubble was to burst if status-quo was to be maintained. Instead of doubting the intentions, we can welcome change in the right direction. Instead of paying allegiance to any person or party, we should judge every individual idea in isolation. No person, no party is perfect. Likewise no person or party is absolutely bad. Won’t it be a better situation when we leave our ego aside and blind allegiance to camps and call right a right and wrong a wrong. A nearly perfect person can take wrong decisions, similarly, a not so good person can take a right decision at the right time. The person we saw yesterday, is not the same person today. People can change, their motivations and intentions can also change, maybe for the better or for the worse. A better way would be, to not judge the person but to judge his/her each step or intention in isolation. Blind trust doesn’t indicate a rational mind but it is very much driven by one’s ego.
Also, another issue which has been brought to the forefront is that this world is going to be very dynamic. Cash, gold, land etc may no longer be means to achieve security. A currency note ultimately is going to remain a piece of paper. Gold is just a piece of metal which is just valued for its supply-demand mismatch dynamics. A brief period of time was there in history, when aluminium gained immense value and gold was left useless. Land is just a vast expanse of mud on which we aim to build castles of our dreams.
The security for which everyone can aspire is to have knowledge and right education. Knowledge can be the only hope to tide over the dynamic environment, and relevant education can act as a precursor before a person becomes really conscious to acquire that knowledge. The role of deep and meaningful relationships can also never be understated in these times. Remember, alone we all are Bhikhu, the hunter/gatherer, together we are a family, a society and a civilization. People give us memories and memories are priceless, as they never become redundant. Last but not the least, we can derive a sense of security from our surroundings and environment. We need to be more aware, vigilant and sensitive towards our environment. It is changing fast in front of us and behind our backs. I studied about Beijing Smog is class 7th or 8th and could never imagine that we will face such a situation ever in our country in this lifetime. Inaction feeds either upon our ignorance or “it can never happen to me” attitude. In this fast changing world, both are nothing less than suicidal tendencies.
The winds of change are blowing, I can feel the freshness in me and in many others like me. Some say that it is utterly stupid to be over hopeful but what to do? The optimist in me is happy, atleast now, in viewing this beautiful world through rose coloured glasses.
” When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills” ~Chinese Proverb