By Sunit Giri [published in The Kathmandu Post on January 10, 2001]
Development of science and technologies in the recent years has been remarkable. Today car engines have computer chips and human bodies have artificial hearts. Satellite media has made the two ends of this world just a few seconds apart. There is simply no turning back. The progress is continuous and accumulative. This development is worth the applause, but somewhere down the line, it also has its drawbacks. For example the overload of information is putting our brains into a state of panic and confusion. Today, you have so many choices that you are simply lost, lost in the woods of information. My father used to tell me, “little knowledge is dangerous and too much is fatal.”
Children today have to carry a ton of books to school. By the time they reach colleges and universities, their eyes are patched with thick glasses. They have to be extremely competitive and above average, otherwise this supersonic developing world will leave them far behind. It is like a Formula One Rally. You ought to be the best and fastest. Or, there is only one alternative, you simply become corrupt. This is in fact a better and easier way of climbing the ladder of success. Corruption is the in-thing today. From ministers to the peon, the chalan of being corrupt is very common and popular. Is it because of lack of literacy or the burden of poverty? Or, is it that our civic sense and our personal morale are long dead?
Corruption has no bars, whatever the age, sex, class, culture or creed. Gone are the Satyayug days of Lord Rama and Krishna. Today it is the Kaliyug of Rawans and Duryodhans. What else can we do? Isolation from corrupt people will not do any good. Forget that one rotten potato could spoil the whole sack. Nothing can be done when almost the whole sack is rotten. I think it is better to join the bandwagon unless and until a miracle takes place. Only the rebirth of Gods themselves could help. But, I doubt, if corruption has not hit the heaven, too because everybody knows it is the fastest and most hard hitting disease of present day.
Now the question arises who is going to help and how? Only a thin ray of hope is still alive. If a man could conquer the Mt Everest, set foot on the moon, eradicate disease like smallpox and cure the dreaded cancer, then we still seem to have some sort of hope. But with so many corrupt people around, what else could be expected, but a faint whisper of hope. From where will it come and how will it come is yet another big question.
I keep hearing this statement, “the entire system should be changed.” This is annoying. The system is nothing but you, me and the people around us. You change yourself first and then only there is any real change.