Thursday, August 4, 2011

57. Goodbye `good', welcome `new good'

Celebrities have blurred the distinction between the good and the evil. With the gun-wielding actors, scam-tainted ministers, rape-charged politicians and killer police officers languishing in jails, the so-called `public good' of the recent past has quickly transformed into present-day `social evil'. Not for long, though! Out from jail, they return to hog the limelight through reality shows. One wonders if the evil is not the new good?

It may sound shocking but `goodness' in social life is seriously on the decline, having been replaced by what is conveniently termed as `lesser evil'. One marvels at the ingenuity of Hilary Clinton who set a trend by searching for a rare streak of goodness in Taliban, carving out `good taliban' from within the ranks and files of what till the other day was considered world's greatest enemy.

Whether you like it or not, evil has become a subjective term in the media-driven market economy of our times. The distinction between evil and good is no longer a moral or ethical question. Economics decides what is good and what is not. If an evil can sell better or can help upturn the economy, let it be the new good. Hasn't modern society endorsed good as euphemism for lesser evil?


Vijay Rai said...

How true. A few days my friend shared what his daughter told him on being reprimanded "Papa, you do not bad out friends are, we are far better"

New good is 'gooder' because worst will follow!

Vijay Rai said...

Sorry for typing mistake. It is
"Papa, you do not know how bad our friends are. We are far better"

Chinkara said...

This post reflects the dilemma that many people face or let me say many people in my social cirlce face. From my child hood i have heard my elders saying, the current generation is totally spoiled and they have no morality. I grew up with the guilt that i belong to a generation whose morality was a shame for the elders, although i never knew the distinction between the quality of my morality and my elders morality. Today, i tend to think that, the youngsters of this generation have no morality. And, i.m surely not clear as to why i think like that. Perhaps the characteristics of good ness are not universal. Different perspectives of Dharma/goodness are always found in different communities since ages. In Ramayan, Ravan gives a fitting rebuttal to Rama's line of Dharma so also Suyodhan and Karna had a sound logic as to why their antics were not out of Dharma. In the contemporary politics, Americans have diplomatic view of Dharma and in India Congress partys dharma is different from BJPs Dharma and so on. As Sudhirendar Sharma rightly says, communities accept a line of good ness (dharma) which they perceive in their welfare, which may be long term or short term. In today's context communities perceive that their welfare is deeply linked with economics and commerce!