Post Mortem

Think about: What is it are we chasing?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/22/2019 12:37:50 PM IST

 Nowadays we live in a world of rat-race and cut-throat competition. Everywhere right across main streets and by lanes we see hundreds and thousands of people commuting from one place to another and in that some want to meet both the ends—sheer livelihood; others for better standard of living—sheer quality life; a few want to make more and more money—somehow or other out of greed. Basically everyone wants to be better-off which again a human nature—but how can this done? And yet all these segments differ from one another in terms of earning money. People make money in different ways. The means and modes they employ vary from one to other. 

Money is important and essential but how do we earn that money is more important than anything else. The poor and the hapless find it hard to earn money and will have to struggle a lot, whereas there are a few some know how to make money and multiply money.   Money is important and to earn that we need to sweat it out—sell our labor only then we can earn money and from that we can survive and sustain. Therefore, we live in a world where money has become central and pivotal. It’s indeed a mad mad mad world craving for money and so we somehow are pushed to the slogan -- money, money, money.  In this context I am reminded of ABBA’s lyric which is apt and relevant:

“I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay, Ain’t it sad, And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me, That’s too bad, In my dreams I have a plan, If I got me a wealthy man, I wouldn’t have to work at all, I’d fool around and have a ball, Money, money, money, Must be funny, In the rich man’s world, Money, money, money, Always sunny, In the rich man’s world, Aha aha, All the things I could do. If I had a little money, It’s a rich man’s world, It’s a rich man’s world, A man like that is hard to find but I can’t get him off my mind

Ain’t it sad, And if he happens to be free I bet he wouldn’t fancy me, That’s too bad, So I must leave, I’ll have to go,To Las Vegas or Monaco, And win a fortune in a game, my life will never be the same Money, money, money, Must be funny, In the rich man’s world, Money, money, money, Always sunny, In the rich man’s world, Aha aha, All the things I could do, If I had a little money, It’s a rich man’s world, Money, money, money, Must be funny, In the rich man’s world

Money, money, money, Always sunny, In the rich man’s world, Aha aha, All the things I could do, If I had a little money, It’s a rich man’s world, It’s a rich man’s world.”

The above lyric is filled with abundant meaning that fits us in the world we live—propelled and governed by money and money alone. We, the humans have eventually become like machines remotely controlled—press the button we act as per the commands. This is like when we spend some time in treadmill we sweat out. Likewise we spend the whole day toiling and yet there’s no peace of mind. There’s a vacuum and some emptiness. Life in a modern world is increasingly becoming messy and complex. Many have resorted or resort to diverse means and ends, but hardly find answers. The answer is within us. I am reminded of Leo Tolstoy picks an example of a peasant in Russia who owns a small plot of land. He was leading a quiet and peaceful life. 

Like any other human being he has been observing keenly a rich land lord and his life style growing higher and higher.  Somehow or the other he wanted to become like him. He started to save money and went on a trip to buy land where he found a community leading a nomadic life. He bought some gifts to be given to the tribal chief and when he met he gave those gifts. He thanked the peasant and in return told him that the land covered by him till the sun set becomes his own. He was taken aback and became so over ambitious and started his journey by walking fast so that more land could be covered and thus be acquired. As the day moved further it started becoming hotter and hotter. The peasant without drinking water and resting a while kept walking. His became so ambitious and greedy to secure more land without any break.   

Finally the sun was about to set and the villagers assembled to receive him and to celebrate the victory. The crowed started to applaud as he was reaching the finish line. When touched the finish line he went down collapsing and apparently died out of thirst and exhaustion. This story is a timely reminder to all us since greed and consumerism dominates our lives. Many race their lives in order to make more and more money to advance their status and luxuries. There is no end to accumulation of wealth and money and the means to acquire doesn’t matter but we want to have more and more—unlimited wants. Greed has no limits and to satiate our greed we go to any extent till our breath stops. Those who believe that only death can stop their race nothing can be done.

What is the use of having everything without peace of mind and harmonious living within and around us? We may have acquired everything that the world could offer, but if there’s no peace what then is the point of life and living. Sanctity of life cannot be measured or covered by wealth and money. Life is precious and we need to moderate and nurture the preciousness of life by cultivating the values of contentment, simplicity and need-based life style. We should be prepared to say no to acquisition, consumerism and accumulation. Those who live and lead a simple life style respecting the sanctity of life by not lured by the consumerism, but nurturing the eco-systems around will be endowed with that wholeness that cut-across all our understanding.  

 Dr. John Mohan Razu

 

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