We all are – at least a majority of us are and its not something I am proud of. My best friend came over for the vacation from USA and she was an inspiration to write this post because I was amazed at how socially conscious she is. On the other hand I have been a substantial taker/no giver from/to the society and country. Come to think of it what have we given back to the society? I for one always took solace in the facts – ‘I may not be doing anything great for the society but I am not harming it either’ , ‘What can a single person (like me) do’, ‘I give money to the helpless(at least whenever I carry change)’ so on so forth. This list is nothing but a piece of crap.
There is so much we can all do at individual levels and at local levels that can change the perspectives of the people around us. Simple things like issues pertaining to drinking water, electricity, drainage facilities, roads, public transport can be handled if there is a genuine attempt on one’s part to take up the cause. I have not even bothered to make sure that my name is up on the electoral rolls. I waste electricity thanks to my laptop and sometimes because I am plain careless, I spend money on unnecessary things(like taking an auto when I can travel in a bus) etc etc. To be a true citizen though, one needs to feel like one. Its important that we stop complaining and start acting. In today’s modern age it is pretty simple to communicate and put your opinions and thoughts across – blogs are a great way to do that. Therefore , we should all try to do our part in making sure that people around us are able to lead a comfortable life as well.
I remember the innumerable arguments I have had with auto drivers about the fare. Come to think of it I usually never said thank you when I got off the auto. I did that a few times last year and realized that they appreciate it. We should not take anyone for granted or look down upon anyone because there is dignity in labor. It does not hurt to be courteous to the people who serve us everyday or once in a while take time out and say a hello or wish them. Its only then that we will feel like being part of the society.
Also being educated we have a broader view of things. So, it is our responsibility to ensure that we lend our voices to causes we believe in and not just be a mute spectator. Everyone does not have to join an NGO or plant trees. We should take up issues we identify with and work on it. Looking at you maybe someone may get inspired and champion some cause. I for one have decided to wake up my sleeping conscience and do something constructive for the society I live in. As preachy as it may sound , it actually is very profound and basic. That is what makes it so important.