Straight Angle™: Whose life is it anyways?
Thursday, October 05, 2006

Whose life is it anyways? 

I am writing this after been subjected to 2 days of absolute insensitivity and arrogance of the so called Society. I had always wondered on this concept of Society- the effect that it had(s) on individual and the simple ignorance of individual on the effects the society has on him. Whenever I ask someone to define "Society", more often than not, it's a vague definition and when I ask them to identify what society is made of, it's a complete puzzled look that I get as reply.

Society as defined by Dictionary.com is,
  1. an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.
  2. a body of individuals living as members of a community; community.
  3. the body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community: the evolution of human society.
  4. a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members: American society.
  5. such a system characterized by its dominant economic class or form: middle-class society; industrial society.
  6. those with whom one has companionship.
  7. companionship; company: to enjoy one's society.
  8. the social life of wealthy, prominent, or fashionable persons.
  9. the social class that comprises such persons.
  10. the condition of those living in companionship with others, or in a community, rather than in isolation.
  11. Biology. a closely integrated group of social organisms of the same species exhibiting division of labor.
  12. Ecclesiastical. an ecclesiastical society.
  13. –adjective of, pertaining to, or characteristic of elegant society: a society photographer.
So, who all make up my Society? - Does the auto rickshaw driver who takes me to office makes my Society? or how about the grocery store owner down the street? or my roommate? or my relatives or my parents...Though it can be argued that all make up my society, it is often the case that many in the list have a non-existent to at the most negligible influence on me and my life. So in the end it's just a handful of people around you that decide what you do.

However, there are instances, when this theory goes for a toss- like what had been happening for the past 2 days...first come the "Karnataka Bandh", which was ostensibly to send a message to neighbouring Maharashtra on the Belgaum issue. I do agree that there might be issues with a particular place going to the other state and you loosing out on that piece of real estate...but to jeopardize an entire state for a day, all offices closed, normal life disturbed, economy brought to a stand still- what are we achieving?? Now, it doesn't seem to me that Maharashtra suffered- it is Karnataka that had lost because of the strike- lost days of work, money, and add to all these hardship to people living in Karnataka.

The heights of all this is when this society forces me to abide by its wishes- denies me my choices, my basic rights and curtails my discretion. Take for example, the move by the cable TV operators in Bangalore who went on to blacken out all non-kannada channels. Now, who are these people to decide what should I see? Who gave them the rights to decide for me? I pay for the cable service I get and I expect an uninterrupted service of my choice. I cant be held at ransom like this, at the whims and fancy of someone masquerading as the society, being my master.

The saga continued today in Mangalore. There were some communal disturbance, and as again it was declared a holiday for my company. Now, there is no news on what prompted the scuffle, and there is no clear information on what is happening. But the end result is that the entire day had been wasted with no productive work done. There was no visible disturbance in streets, while I cannot deny that there was any disturbance at all. What I strongly condemn is, disrupting public life for personal issues comes from the veil that the Society offers- now anyone can take advantage of such a system and claim to represent the society and the society has no way of denying him or proving him wrong.

This is where the entire idea of Society puzzles me....when at some point it seems like powerful to deny me my choices and options, at the other hand it is powerless itself with a person who chooses to take it for a ride. Society has the power of influence only on those who choose to accept it...for those who don't..well, its a mute point!

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Blogger Rushes' Anomaly said...

Well, I guess its the "tyranny of the majority" .. But then you would ask me, whose majority ..

10/07/2006 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard u went without food for a couple of days?? Is that true?
Tunindezhu pudhiya Bharathi :)

10/09/2006 4:40 PM  
Blogger Krish said...

@rushes's anomaly: Well, thats a nice name to start with! :)...Yeah..its true that its the tyranny of majority...but as you say, I would definitely ask whose majority..and as usual, there can never be any answer!

@wild rose: Well, dont ask that koothu...didnt go without food..Maggie was there..only stove and cooker werent..Hadnt gone on search for food..though had been on search for Cooker and stove![:P]

10/10/2006 2:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

society is a man made system and like other man made systems, it is not perfect....Karan

10/11/2006 1:18 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@anonymous Karan: Well, thats a point..I am not asking for a perfect society..atleast a sane one?[;)]

10/11/2006 5:16 AM  

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