Born Naked – A Harangue

We were all born naked, possessed nothing and when we go we won’t have any thing again. At the most, what we will have on us will be a robe worth few hundred rupees. Where does whatever we create or possess during our life time come from? Who is it who provides us with all this? It indeed is our capabilities and skills which help us create all this. Where does capability come from and where do we acquire these skills from? Food for thought….

Whatever we acquire, be it skills, capabilities, intellect or moveable and unmovable objects, they all get accumulated with us as the society gives us opportunity to do so. It’s give and take, I create value for society by giving my services to society, in turn, society gives me all that I have. Over a life time, whatever value I create for society is much less than the opportunity and financial worth society creates for me.

Consider childhood, no visible value gets created for society during this phase of life. Rather society pools in its resources to make me capable, in hope, when opportune time comes I will create value for society. Come old age and again I am dependent on society, I produce nothing but consume the wealth society had given me when I was productive. Society goes a step ahead, with gratitude takes good care of me by way of paying subsidies which are available for senior citizens and much more. Society, like mother, has been generous in giving whatever we need and most of the times much more than that.

I am the privileged one, society chose to give me much more than it gave to many, it holds true to all of us, and to ensure this virtuous cycle of giving to society goes on, it’s important, we give back something to people in society who need it much more than us.

There are many around to whom we can pay back. People sleep on pavements and under the flyovers. People who build luxurious houses for us, sleep in temporary hutments with nothing saved for future. Maid who does dishes for us and cleans our houses is unable to send her kids to school, the society for sure, is not giving privileges to this set of under privileged as much it gave to us. It is for us to ensure the way society took good care of us; we make extra efforts to give back to hapless segments of society.

Parting with whatever we possess is often a painful event, for four prime reasons, one, we think, we don’t have enough, how do we give, two, we don’t empathise enough with others, three, it involves lot of hassle to give and last we don’t know what and how to give.

Believe me; we have more than enough to give once we decide. Giving is addictive, you undergo the pain of giving once and then you start enjoying it. And then you find ways and resources as well. A simple back of envelop calculation tells me reducing eating out by once a month will save enough to pay 6 months school fee for a slum dweller. You can experiment by not using air conditioner for 15 days a month or by simply pooling car to office and surprisingly you will save enough to help someone.

Also, we don’t realize the suffering and pain needy people undergo, if we realize it at all, we take convenient path and turn indifferent. Just imagine the lost opportunity for society for every kid who does not go to school. Just imagine the feeling of well being, society will have, if all around us had respectable livelihood. Just feel the pain for a moment and you will be more than convenienced to give.

It’s also important that we give to society in a way that helps create capability in society and not just help relieve symptoms of pain and suffering. Don’t give a meal to a labourers family but pay his kids school fee, buy his kid school dress, this will create a long term value for him and society as well.

To conclude I reproduce a story which I read somewhere:-

A woman who was traveling alone in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, the woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his great fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sharatpathak
    Sep 13, 2014 @ 09:15:20

    thanku BB


  2. tanuja pathak
    Sep 13, 2014 @ 07:49:34

    Your piece reminds me a poem by D H Lawrence- money madness. The zest if the piece is ‘ almost’ identical. Keep it up


  3. sharatpathak
    Sep 12, 2014 @ 16:51:21

    Thanx vinay. Thank you for sharing it on suketians as well.


  4. Vinay Panwar
    Sep 12, 2014 @ 16:46:09

    Fantastic Sharat, Born Naked is a must read writing.


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