Oxymoron: Open Secrets of Our Society

drelayaraja By drelayaraja, 5th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines normally contradictory terms. They appear in a range of contexts, from inadvertent errors such as extremely average, to deliberate puns like same difference. Such paradox exists in the society as an open secret. I have tried to showcase a few things here.

The Farmer and Working class

The farmer

The farmer works day and night in his field (or other's field on a payment basis) and grows crops to feed the people. The rich get the best and the farmer is left unfed.

A farmer harvests tonnes of food grains but these grains seldom return to his house.

Farmers are pushed to commit suicide in many parts of the world.

The working class

A poor worker, in spite of having a regular employment, remains in relative poverty due to low levels of pay and dependent expenses.

But the products that he produces are mostly used by the rich. He never tastes the fruit of his hard work. A worker who mines kilos of gold cannot afford to buy even a milligram of gold for his family.

Manhole workers and Parents

Manhole workers

Even now, after the invention of modern equipments, manholes in many cities are maintained by poor workers.

These workers risk even their lives. Some men never came up alive and those who came up suffer from various diseases. They are forced to intake a lot of alcohol to overcome the effect of the sewers.

The parents

The parents shower their child with love and wealth. They take care of every need of the child and try to give him/her a respectable future.
Alas, the children when grown up consider their parents as a burden and think of putting them in an old-age homes.
There are many more things that remain an oxymoron in this society. Will it change?

© 2009 Dr.P.Elayaraja


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author avatar snooky
5th Jul 2010 (#)

This is an enlightening article
Thank you

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
5th Jul 2010 (#)

Do you see that the possiblity of something similar taking place in America; maybe not quite as drastic as the class differences in India?

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author avatar Judith C Evans
5th Jul 2010 (#)

This article gives us so much to think about, and hopefully will be an eye opener for many readers.

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author avatar satan fury
6th Jul 2010 (#)

A very thought-provoking article.

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author avatar scheng1
6th Jul 2010 (#)

The same thing in Singapore. We rely on foreign laborers to build our houses, yet the foreign laborers often live in a small apartment with so many others.

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author avatar Godwill
13th Jul 2010 (#)

Wow! This is a food for thought. Who is to be blamed? The poor? The governments? Or God? This is thought provoking.

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author avatar smoothoperator
21st Jul 2010 (#)

You once again brought out something very unique in your writing. Cheers!!!

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