Saturday, April 14, 2012

68. More of less

Little over a decade ago, a phone was just a phone. It could only help dial a number provided one could reach a phone. No more no less! It could neither act like an alarm nor a torch, it could neither click pictures nor convey written messages and it could neither help you surf the virtual web nor assist the perverted mind to set off time bombs. Mobile phone is one among several gadgets that modernity has literally milked to capacity, gifting the user more for less on each purchase.

Buy a trouser and get a shirt free; buy a television and get a mixer grinder free; buy a car and get a refrigerator free; buy a house and get the swimming pool free are market manifestations of a growing culture of 'less for more'. Without doubt, less for more has enticed all and sundry into it without any aspersion being cast on how and who pays for the so-called more in our lives. That more mobiles in a home may mean less sparrows in the courtyard is just about beginning to be a matter of serious concern!

Across almost all areas of human endeavor, less has indeed become a dominant feature. A growing economy is indeed jobless; deficit democracy is producing shameless leaders; unaccountable government is churning clueless policies, human relations have become meaningless as attitudes turn careless; and with education becoming valueless future has never been as directionless. It is perhaps the greatest of all paradoxes that we are seeking more of less. No wonder, our expectations too have become endless.

Can anyone help lessen the more of less from our lives?

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