Our lifestyles are out of control
We are into lifestyles that are getting out of control ignoring basic value systems. They invite one disaster after another and led without a thought of tomorrow. They lead to many a slip between the cup full of hope and achievement and the lip anxiously seeking a life of fulfillment.
We are enslaved by herd mentality. As money is an essential factor for a happy life, educational pursuits are guided by those that net best returns. Generally, we neglect to choose our vocation that are after our hearts but influenced by what others pursue, thereby, becoming blind followers despite having the choice to decide own path. Soon we realize our lives are drifting away from our control that leads to frustration. Though economically it may not make much sense, it is better to have careers that pay less than be entrapped in unhappy & unfulfilling jobs.
Very few are into jobs that make them feel they are not working for a living, but pursuing and enjoying their lifelong passion! But for most, it is harsh reality of daily life with the reward system skewed in favor of those jobs that make money out of thin air! The fallout from pursuing such a reckless lifestyle lands on innocent citizens time and again. The rampant speculations led by greed by even those who do not understand the products they deal in bring many to grief; the mad scramble to recoup losses leads to further disaster. Finally, somebody has to pick up the tab - and that is you and me!
Issues crying out for attention
It takes a happy person to make others happy! But when the best brains are wired into a make-believe world with enticing lives of indulgence, humanity regresses in the value systems; then crimes, deceit and hypocrisy hold sway. They attack at the very roots of a sound society Living beyond means is also encouraged through easy availability of loans. Future earnings are pledged to live up the present, repay past liabilities. In a way, we are leaving our future generations in debt & to repay our debts!
Human ingenuity should not be curbed but channeled into those that is of value to the society in general; a duty of the government and enlightened leaders. Wise counsel should prevail than giving in to a charmed life that comes to grief sooner or later! However with the passage of time, moral fiber of those who govern has eroded & they play along. In the end, we all chase mirages knowing full well that the make-believe world will collapse around us. Some may even argue that life is short, so has to be lived & enjoyed! All play along the roads that may not lead to Rome, but certainly to doom!
Our future is getting hazy with each passing day when no one is in control. Despite the clear writing on the wall, none wants to heed the warning signs and bent upon following the modern Pied Piper of Hamelin – the lure of wealth for its own sake, a one way path to grief! The whole world is getting more entwined by the day through economic integration with similar lifestyles - make hay when the sun shines. Past is history, future should take care of itself; then why worry while at the present!
Writing on the wall for change in direction
Are we not leaving a mountain of issues that we just ignore or lack the will to tackle? The environmental degradation, nuclear disarmament, arms race, climate change, water scarcity – name it, they just stare at our face. We go from one conference to another pushing the agenda around with solution never found at least on time. At the same time, the time bomb is ticking relentlessly. Our leaders are busy politicking at our cost in times of our dire need, sadly, just like Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned! Life could have been so much more meaningful for the most disadvantaged if we just bothered to wake up to realities. It is sadly a tale of many a slip between the cup full of achievement and the anxious lip seeking life of fulfillment that is within our grasp. It requires just a change of heart to fulfill our promise.