Let us Think “We” and Not “I”
We went to this flat in
few days ago. It’s an hour drive from Secunderabad and it was in a place that was full of rocks where I could see lot of flats and each one was at least 15 storeys tall. We went inside the flat and it looked gorgeous. Couple of rooms was air-conditioned and furniture in that flat looked marvelous. This guy was telling us about how much the flat has appreciated since he bought it and the money he may get by selling that now. Hyderabad
After having a cup of tea we step outside the flat thinking that we could see other flats in the same complex. We came back in less than five minutes. The reason – we were attacked by so many mosquitoes. The owner of the flat was complaining to us that government was not doing anything to control the mosquitoes other than spraying some chemical to kill them once in a blue moon – a method that seems very inefficient according to the owner.
As we were coming back to the flat I saw the stairway and corridor in pretty bad conditions with trash all around and walls were full of spitting. I asked the owner why the corridor and stairway were in such a bad condition, his reply was “I don’t care; the stairway and corridor is not my property”
Am I shocked at that answer? No, why? Here is a typical Indian attitude for you, never thinking about the society he lives in, but only about him. He fails to understand that his overall well being is dependent on the well being of the society around him.
Now we continued our talk. Seeing lot of mosquitoes and seeing the condition of the corridor I asked him where he disposes off the waste generated from his flat. He told me that all those are dumped into the open land just adjacent to their flat. Now I understood the reason for the mosquitoes. Now the waste he dumps in the open area becomes the breeding ground for mosquitoes and the mosquitoes come back and bite him and all the occupants of that flat. If he and other occupants of that flat think about “society” as a whole and take steps to prevent dumping of waste in the adjacent land can’t they control the mosquito problem? Do they have to depend on the government to step in to solve a problem created by them alone?
Thinking about the society as a whole is key to the overall development of the country. If every one of us starts giving importance to the well being of our society
will be a better place to live. Take for example driving, there are lot of accidents and traffic jams and the reason - India Lot of us don’t obey traffic rules. Why? Again because we think about us and not about the society, right? There are lots of examples like this if we look around. Isn’t high time to change this attitude in us?
BTW after returning from US, Deepa and I have made a resolution that we won’t throw trash out at open places even during travelling and we will dispose it off properly. It is more than a month and we were able to keep our resolution intact with not much difficulty. Our attempt is to “practice what we preach”, to protect the environment and contribute to the welfare of the society.
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