Monday, March 8, 2021
Editorial

Disturbed social system

Humankind had gone through tremendous change and achieved high standards of social reform ever since his habitation within the caves. Present day civilized society is the pinnacle of social transformation brought about by mankind’s unrelenting endeavor for excellence in the field of existence. A particular society is known and appreciated by its social-fabric, great values, distinct traditions and compassionate norms. Sadly today our social norms and order are crumbling with adverse impacts of social invasion. Certainly some changes within the social system are for the betterment but majority of intrusions had given negative impact to our more or less conservative society. Every society should be open for interactions but with a positive approach of taking up the better and giving the best. No doubt, varying levels of education imparted during these testing periods worked as cushion against the onslaught of social evils imposed upon us; otherwise the social situation in this part of world would have been disastrous. Several factors beyond our control have worsened our social frontline and political strife was one of the most prominent amongst them. Every conflict, whether political, ethnic or economical leaves the society torn making it more susceptible to interference with an impact of disintegration. Our entire social system at the moment is almost tattered with our much appreciated virtues of altruism and pacifism at the altar of egotistic mindset. Indeed for the last many years our decayed social system is making its presence felt in many shapes. Disturbed social system has drawn clear lines between affluent and the oppressed on all fronts. People command respect depending on the amount of wealth they own and the quantum of power they hold. Gone are the old days, when people commanded respect out of their wisdom and judiciousness. Presently materialism is governing the norms and order of the society! This apparently peaceful situation, a symptom of extreme suffocation, cannot last long. When only wealth and power become indicators of social status, no society can sustain on its own for longer period of time. Unrestricted nepotism and corruption of all shapes has given rise to many evils and evil-minded characters. These evil-doers become instruments of social evils and degradation of society by flaunting their ill-gotten wealth brazenly. Their unaccounted and illegitimate wealth is instrumental in redrawing the rules of our social system and encouraging many a customs and traditions of extravagance, earlier unheard in the society. These first grade hypocrites have penetrated deep into our social system and are occupying the top echelons of our social arrangement. Our society has been engulfed by the fire of greed severely and we have lost the ways and means of love, tolerance and compassion. We are drifting away from our religious teachings and fear of God. The question arises where and why our social structure has gone wrong? Invasions by, and exposure to, other societies is an ongoing process of social transformation. Cultural invasions can be located in our history but we have never compromised on the fundamentals and basics of just and genuine social norms. Unfortunately for the last many decades our social apparatus has succumbed to wickedness and materialism. We are more literate now but it seems our knowledge quotient is not in compatibility with our quantum of education or maybe we lack quality education. Materialism has taken over every sensible aspect of our consciousness. We adopt every cheap and covert means of voraciousness; not only to toss down the clean wealth but the filth as well. Our gluttonous bellies never feel contented even with rubbish. This is our filthy social scenario! Degradation of social system is actually a chain of misadventures and their ultimate source is materialism. Once a society is overtaken by the extremes of materialistic urge the first casualty is humanity and the rest will follow. Societies overtaken by materialism lack the characteristic of righteousness, impartiality, honesty, consciousness, modesty and ultimately their credibility. Clearly there is an urgent need to put an end to this materialistic social setup where man kills man for money. We have to create a reasonable society where everyone will have justified access to resources and where norms and rules will be laid by wisdom and not by the weight of material. If social substance won’t improve in the right direction, a time will come where we, as individuals of the society, may have to pay a heavy price.

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