Losing our roots

When Kahlil Gibran said, “To you the earth yields her fruit, and you shall not want if you but know how to fill your hands. It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied. Yet unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but lead some to greed and others to hunger.”

It is obligatory for us to acknowledge that everything that man possesses today is a gift of the earth in some way which has to be shared and enjoyed by her inhabitants sans disparity of any sort.

Man gave up barter system and switched to the concept of using money only to make life simpler. Ironically this very step has pushed him into the abyss of ethical degradation which has been taking monstrous forms from time to time.

We could live in a world free of wars, pollutions, scams and indignity if we could reconnect with the earth and use her resources prudently without upsetting the larger picture.

Bribery and scams have become the order of the day. Malpractice, mismanagement and corruption are all around us. The bonhomie and effective teamwork which must have been the driving force while doing the dirty work suddenly frays when a hole is picked in the fabric of corruption. While some prefer to act righteously indignant, there are others who plead innocence while yet others do not mind playing the blame game or simply pass the buck.

It is sad but true that hardly anyone who is caught red handed is repentant or at least is filled with a sense of shame when they are faced with the facts. 

Apparently these culprits have lost the distinction between need and greed. They have forgotten that life is punctuated with death, the point of no return.  They do not realise that the wealth that they have stashed away cannot be taken forth and that they are spawning a decadent set of descendants who are likely to be idle bones.

If the observation made of the scamsters reveals a bleak black picture, the profile of the common man is no better for his character can be identified in the various in-between shades of grey.

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