2010-05-13

Right to Life

For the ad-nauseam-eth time - we think in generalities, but live in detail (Whitehead)

The details - Poor parents. Two Kids. No job. Daily labor. Perhaps begging. Hand to mouth. Days as they come.

Given their circumstances, parents not sure if these two kids would survive. So, the mother gets pregnant again. As fate would have it, a kid dies. To offset, they have another two kids in some time. Now there are 4. As fate again would have it, all survive.

What would the parents do with these kids. Send them to school?

To send a kid to the school - first, they need to have a place to stay; they need to be able to feed themselves and all kids. Here, remember, they have none.So, they send the kid to work or even beg. One mouth. Two hands.

What are we going to do about this?

Our progressive friends would thrash me if I thought differently. The kids need to stop working and go to schools, they would tell. And they would thrash me again if I asked, if they would live on water and air. Education is a fundamental right, haven't you heard, you fool?  But, Food, food? Thrash again.

Such it goes.

PS:
-If I had a wish, I would ask food for everyone, then education for everyone.
-To struggle, no one can escape. To live, everyone needs a chance.

10 comments:

Nissim said...

Maslow's hierarchy always rules. You cannot ask me to be cultured if all I think about is how to survive this day!

itheabsolute said...

Nissim

Thanks for your comments. Wish people understood this. Unless it is understood, things cannot be corrected.

Cheers

Nissim said...

"Corrected" - spent enough time getting disturbed by this notion. Ultimately found peace - the world chooses to exist the way it exists. Maslow is right in every sense. Its a pyramid - more on bottom, less on top. "Correct" therefore has myriad interpretations. If you have read/seen Lord of the Rings, it's as Gandalf said "Even the wise cannot see all ends".

Arjun said...

Atleast some people understand this.
http://www.akshayapatra.org/
Though this doesnt 'correct' things fully.

itheabsolute said...

Nissim

Did not fully get what you meant. Are you talking of randomness and order at the same time?

Did not see / read Lord of the Rings but I presume the one who made the statement himself was wise. Else we have calibration issue. Btw, somehow not able to get to see the trilogy.

Corrected - my reference is more to the administrators and those what actively work in non-profit space. Or even to those who keep asking WRONG questions.

Sure, you come across as a well read and thoughtful person. Please keep your responses coming. I learn from them.

Good Luck.

itheabsolute said...

Arjun

Thanks for your comments. Many good people around doing good work. The problems we have, as you noted, do not get corrected as easily.

Cheers

Nissim said...

Thanks! I am read alright.. :)
Yah, that's what even I said when I meant corrected. Although, I am asking a question on definition of what is correct. NGOs and several individuals relentlessly strive to get things "corrected", by which I mean providing for the means that will give an otherwise underprivileged individual the right to make an informed choice.
But the fact that we still have Maoists, Naxalites, Politically motivated people means there is something fundamentally wrong with all of us (Yes, ALL of us). That also needs corrected.

itheabsolute said...

Nissim

perhaps justice was never meant to be. your " world chooses to exist the way it exists" is profound and answers many questions.

thanks

Student said...

However, out there someone like Chris Gardener could also be growing...and they may define what the "pursuit of happyness" is to them. But, in India, the problem is they dont have a favorable circumstance or the courage to "have a dream" they have the right...but most of the poor are not ready to pay the price...to work 20 hours to pay for their children's study. To DIE to live. And Will Smith who had a humble background clearly points out that he was ready to do a work which would cost his life..that is to work hard to make dream come true...
Really good blog.

itheabsolute said...

Student

Am sure amongst these kids there could be future leaders.

Thanks for your comments.

Cheers

2010-05-13

Right to Life

For the ad-nauseam-eth time - we think in generalities, but live in detail (Whitehead)

The details - Poor parents. Two Kids. No job. Daily labor. Perhaps begging. Hand to mouth. Days as they come.

Given their circumstances, parents not sure if these two kids would survive. So, the mother gets pregnant again. As fate would have it, a kid dies. To offset, they have another two kids in some time. Now there are 4. As fate again would have it, all survive.

What would the parents do with these kids. Send them to school?

To send a kid to the school - first, they need to have a place to stay; they need to be able to feed themselves and all kids. Here, remember, they have none.So, they send the kid to work or even beg. One mouth. Two hands.

What are we going to do about this?

Our progressive friends would thrash me if I thought differently. The kids need to stop working and go to schools, they would tell. And they would thrash me again if I asked, if they would live on water and air. Education is a fundamental right, haven't you heard, you fool?  But, Food, food? Thrash again.

Such it goes.

PS:
-If I had a wish, I would ask food for everyone, then education for everyone.
-To struggle, no one can escape. To live, everyone needs a chance.

10 comments:

Nissim said...

Maslow's hierarchy always rules. You cannot ask me to be cultured if all I think about is how to survive this day!

itheabsolute said...

Nissim

Thanks for your comments. Wish people understood this. Unless it is understood, things cannot be corrected.

Cheers

Nissim said...

"Corrected" - spent enough time getting disturbed by this notion. Ultimately found peace - the world chooses to exist the way it exists. Maslow is right in every sense. Its a pyramid - more on bottom, less on top. "Correct" therefore has myriad interpretations. If you have read/seen Lord of the Rings, it's as Gandalf said "Even the wise cannot see all ends".

Arjun said...

Atleast some people understand this.
http://www.akshayapatra.org/
Though this doesnt 'correct' things fully.

itheabsolute said...

Nissim

Did not fully get what you meant. Are you talking of randomness and order at the same time?

Did not see / read Lord of the Rings but I presume the one who made the statement himself was wise. Else we have calibration issue. Btw, somehow not able to get to see the trilogy.

Corrected - my reference is more to the administrators and those what actively work in non-profit space. Or even to those who keep asking WRONG questions.

Sure, you come across as a well read and thoughtful person. Please keep your responses coming. I learn from them.

Good Luck.

itheabsolute said...

Arjun

Thanks for your comments. Many good people around doing good work. The problems we have, as you noted, do not get corrected as easily.

Cheers

Nissim said...

Thanks! I am read alright.. :)
Yah, that's what even I said when I meant corrected. Although, I am asking a question on definition of what is correct. NGOs and several individuals relentlessly strive to get things "corrected", by which I mean providing for the means that will give an otherwise underprivileged individual the right to make an informed choice.
But the fact that we still have Maoists, Naxalites, Politically motivated people means there is something fundamentally wrong with all of us (Yes, ALL of us). That also needs corrected.

itheabsolute said...

Nissim

perhaps justice was never meant to be. your " world chooses to exist the way it exists" is profound and answers many questions.

thanks

Student said...

However, out there someone like Chris Gardener could also be growing...and they may define what the "pursuit of happyness" is to them. But, in India, the problem is they dont have a favorable circumstance or the courage to "have a dream" they have the right...but most of the poor are not ready to pay the price...to work 20 hours to pay for their children's study. To DIE to live. And Will Smith who had a humble background clearly points out that he was ready to do a work which would cost his life..that is to work hard to make dream come true...
Really good blog.

itheabsolute said...

Student

Am sure amongst these kids there could be future leaders.

Thanks for your comments.

Cheers