• Harren Noronha

Societal Imbalance

Thinking back to the days of my graduation at St. Xavier’s college Mumbai, I penned down a poem that starts with these lines.

“ What world am I living in? What is happening to it? All the time on my TV, I see rapes, murders, and terrorists. Peace has been left behind, for chaos rules on people’s mind. That’s the reason why we are still behind”.

To my surprise, nothing has changed in the last few years. It's still the same. Our community has turned more racist and we can not deny the fact that there is so much separation.

The youth, who are meant to be the driving force and future leaders of our nation, are indulged in so many immoral activities that they do not have enough time to think of the nation. We are witnessing a different scenario altogether, where most of our prominent leaders are above the age of 40. Can we depend on our youth as leaders?

We can count on them only if they thrive to struggle and move in a positive direction.

We are living in the 21st century and yet, innocent girls are crying out for help while they are being tortured to death and our society persecutes and rejects them. Sometimes it’s the strict parents who keep their children in a headlock, devoiding them of basic rights. Women have been suppressed and forced since time immemorial by the so-called rules of society, and people still complain if one tries to express herself as she seems fit.

People often ask in interviews and group discussions, 'Are we Happier than our Forefathers? Have we evolved as a species? Has technology and comfort replaced morality? Are we using our potential to the fullest?

What's your take on this? Well, it's something that needs your attention.

 “Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
 Henry Adams

I believe a sense of self-assessment and morality is indeed important, for it emphasizes the appropriateness of the goodness of what a person does, thinks, feels, or expresses. It helps an individual to make the right decisions and thus present morally/emotionally acceptable behavior in a society. Hopefully, it can also increase the happiness index. Though happiness can have different meanings to different people. One would agree, we all would be a little happier with lesser immoral acts.

The above can be true for anyone whether its someone who is not fond of gadgets or me, who loves to browse on the internet about various Archaeological Research articles.

Apart from this, one more thing that concerns me is the utilization of resources. One of the Eleven laws of System thinking says- Today’s problems come from Yesterday’s solutions. It stands so true in today's situation. People by now should have been the masters in handling human-made resources and ones that are naturally obtained. But to contrast, the real story is quite different.

For example, cars were invented to make traveling easier but over the years it has been seen in some places that, people are stuck more time in traffic jams then driving on roads. Plus, we are on the verge of depleting natural crude oil reservoirs.

The need of the hour is to realize that we have exploited many opportunities that could have been utilized and nurtured into a sustainable working model and it is now that, with whatever things we have learned we apply them rightly for it's never too late to learn and exhibit what we are here for.

 Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.


Harren Henry Noronha

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