Sunday, September 23, 2012

Can I do better?

What am I doing?
Is this what I wanted?

Can I do better?
Better I mean in terms of more creative than monetory.
There has been quite a bit of thoughts went on after my degree from IIT Madras.
To be frank, I do not know if I can do better; as in I am not so sure on the paths to choose.

Let me start with a story. This is again my own version of a story I heard in childhood.
Here a guy asks a lazy man simply sleeping on a "working day".

"hey; why do not you work?"
"for what?"
"for money, of course"
"and then?"
"marry a nice girl"
"and then?"
"make more money"
"and then?"
"buy a house"
"and then?"
"have children?"
"and then?"
"make more money"
"and then?"
"get the children married and settled"
"and then?"
"retire and peacefully and lazily sleep"

"to peacefully and lazily sleep, do you really need to take this path?
what difference does it make from my current state?"

I think there are many ways in which I can approach this conversation.
For me it had different meaning at different phases of my life.
The green side of life!!!

The question to be asked is what do I really want? Yeah, earning "more" money conveys "better" living standards, healthy environment.
    Eating things which are "junk",
    living in BEST APPARTMENT in a dirty polluted city
    and shuttling to hometown in a high class a/c bus.

Are these the definition of higher/better living standard? Or is it just virtue of our own ego which is impulsed by the advertisements and the concept of industries on post-world war? This was something I was thnking over and over again. Post world-war industries; when they got up opening markets world wide; the equation was to do highest turn over.  Do convince the people to buy again, though they may not need it. Or it is like making the people buy consumer electronics to car like they buy groceries. Reduce the life cycle and market more.

I don't know if I had to call it a long run; but over next 50 years; this will cause  exploitation of the resources than fruitfully using things for a longer period. I wonder; when I retire; will I be able to tell the next generation that previous two generations were pretty awful who did not think but just ran like ants pulling the food without any direction.
It is painful to think; if this is what I want to support? Or can I do better?

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