Addiction of dependence

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The trade versus aid Song  by Samriddhi The Prosperity Foundation provoked me again about the parasitic nature in Nepal. People have developed the psychology that  the government should provide goods and services for their life and blame the government for not being able to provide their life as they expected. According to APA Dictionary of Psychology, psychological dependence is the “dependence on a psychoactive substance for the reinforcement it provides.” This psychological dependence has become an addiction in context to Nepal and made us parasites.

At an average, I merely find people who think they are responsible for their good and bad on their own. To stop to expect from the government to prosper ourselves is one of the main war that Nepali people have to fight with themselves. And to stop to be dependent on the foreign aid is one of the war Nepal has to fight. By nature, voluntary exchange of goods, services and love amongst, have been the basics of life. Identifying the strength and resources within and converting them to the goods and services that can be exchanged voluntarily / traded with others is the only way an individual can prosper his life. And the same is valid to the nation.

 Nepal and Nepali have to break the addiction of dependence be responsible to ourselves, if we really want to prosper our life.

We the Parasites

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Humans have acquired the parasitic nature very long ago. I always come to remember my time during higher secondary education, most of the lecturers had a very speed lectures that most of the students used to miss to make the notes. I also used to miss some important points and I had a friend who used to capture everything the teacher spoke. So, I frequently had to copy some of the notes from him. I more I started to fill up the contents I missed, the more I started to miss to write the note. And by the end of the year, I had fully been depended on him to make the notes and had to copy the whole notes from him. I had become a parasite. Its not the story of single me.

According to Shlomiya Bar-Yam of New England Complex Systems Institute “A parasitic relationship is one in which one organism, the parasite, lives off of another organism, the host, harming it and possibly causing death. The parasite lives on or in the body of the host. Usually, although parasites harm their hosts, it is in the parasite’s best interest not to kill the host, because it relies on the host’s body and body functions, such as digestion or blood circulation, to live.” ( @ link ).

 

From my prospect, we Nepali are a colony of parasites, the parasite depended on the government. Some of we are parasitic by nature, most are parasitic by circumstance, but the worst ones are the parasite by choice. We expect the river to bring the gold to us, so that we could make our fortune ( The River and The Gold). We expect the government to think for us, be responsible for us, provide us education, provide us health, provide us employment, provide us food, provide us clothing, provide us shelter, provide us refreshment and everything we need to live the life we dream. We have become the parasites. This is one of the reason we are still poor. And the most worse part is we do not mind being parasite on Government. We do not see the option what we could do on our own.

But its time now, we realize that we are living poor, because we expect the government to make our fortune, which does not work any more in this competitive world. Every goods and services needs to be produced and this requires the cost, which we should be able to pay for. We must understand that if we want to be something then, we have to do something. And if we want some more, then we have to do some more. Its time now, that we own ourselves and be responsible for the good and bad for ourselves.  Yes, Nepal ! Its time for Liberty now.

Understanding Rights

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I have found no person uninterested about “Rights”. When I was a kid, I was taught in the school about the three fundamental rights : Food, Clothing and Shelter. Neither my teachers felt necessary to let me know about how they get fulfilled nor had I any interest in knowing. I had just considered those 3 aspects of life as fundamental rights. Nowadays, people have added many things in the list like: Water, electricity, education, health, speech, information, employment, recreation, reservation etc according to the society they are inhabiting and according to their convenience. Many of the times we have answers rumbling around us, but we remain unanswered. On going through “Man’s Right” by Ayn Rand, it was the first time I get a clear picture.

“At whose expense?”, the question by her, struck in my head deep. At whose expense should one be provided with food, clothing, shelter or any other so called rights. Who is responsible for “Right to life” of a man?, he himself, the government or other third party? In the article, Rand clearly illustrates: “the right to life means that a man has the right to support his life by his own work (on any economic level, as high as his ability will carry him); it does not mean that others must provide him with the necessities of life.”

Similar for the case of property and speech respectively as: the right to property means that a man has the right to take the economic actions necessary to earn property, to use it and to dispose of it; it does not mean that others must provide him with property. The right of free speech means that a man has the right to express his ideas without danger of suppression, interference or punitive action by the government. It does not mean that others must provide him with a lecture hall, a radio station or a printing press through which to express his ideas.

This helped me to understand the right of an individual more clearly. I am completely convinced with Rand about the only one fundamental right i.e. man’s right to his life (this entails his freedom to act on his own judgement, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, un-coerced choice) and all other entities to be the consequences and corollaries of his action. One has the right to education, it does not mean he should be given it freely. Every goods and services should be produced and if some man are entitled to by right to the product of others, it means the producers are deprived of their right. Taking the goods of others in free is stealing and make others provide service in free is enslavement. And nobody has the right of stealing or enslaving others. The conclusion is rights does not mean getting goods and services in free, right refers to get those through voluntary exchange in between.

What about the government? We pay the tax and in return the government should provide them in free.

Is it? I am not convinced.

What is the source of income of the government?

Tax.

Who Pays?

Economically active citizen.

Who receives?

Shared Amongst all for common good.

Then theres some questions. Are not economically passive getting the output of the toil of others? Isn’t it an enslavement?

Who gives the government authority to collect tax? They take them from coerced policy and law. Isn’t it stealing to take the outcome of others by force wherever they use? Isn’t stealing a stealing if its for noble purpose?

Then how can a government run to provide the facilities to people? I now say, why should the government provide the goods and services produced by others? The producers shall manage them. We all know how better we care and manage our property comparative to others.

Then whats the role of government? The answer is simple “Protect the rights of its citizen” through rational rule of law and voluntary exchange of the service.

In general, we have always been expecting the government to take better care of us and provide us the every goods and services. But being rational, we must think “How it comes?” I say – I no longer need the care of the government if it comes from theft. Being a man, I believe in myself that I have the ability to have my living on my own strength. I can support myself from voluntary exchange of my skills, knowledge and toil. In fact, each of us can, and most of us are doing so. Understanding rights helps to change our attitude regarding how we live our life. I just want to leave a question at last: “Do we want to enslave others and/or steal?

The River and The Gold

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Once upon a time, there was a village, at the bank of a river. People in the village had the belief that the river sometimes used to bring pieces of gold and leave at the bank of the river.

There lived a small child, who heard about the tale of the river and the gold. He then decided to make his fortune from the gold that the river brings. He therefore spend much of his times at the bank of the river searching for the gold and waiting for the gold. Days past and years past. The child grew up to a young man and as he grew up, his believe became more and more stronger. He believed “in these past many years gold has never been brought by the river, so it will be brought soon at any time, why not to wait some more”. He made a hut at the bank and lived there waiting the day that the river will some day bring the piece of gold flowing and he could make his fortune. Years passed and decades passed. He grew old and died, but the river never brought the gold flowing to him.

He believeb so desperately on the tale of the river that he could never think about quiting to wait for the river. He waited his whole life for the river, he saw various size and changes in the river and water year by year. He prayed the river for years, then blamed and then cursed still then he could not stop himself from expecting a fortune from the river. He could have done many things to make his fortune on his own, but he never tried because he could never give up the mindset he had in his mind to make the fortune.

There are many such mindsets in the mind of Nepali people that I see daily making people look upon other to make self fortune.

I have listed below the major two mindsets that reminded me the tale of the :”The River and the Gold”

1. Government should think of the good and bad of its people. It should be responsible in creating the employment opportunity to its people. It should be powerful enough to bound the people in its plans and strategy to bring prosperity and fortune to every people.

I just question myself: Should government think of the good and bad of me or me myself? Who can think better about me, myself or some other people in government? Should I look at the government to feed my two inns? Am I to hide my weakness to compete to find the job you want and blame government to not to find the job you want? Should the government be that much powerful to bring prosperity and fortune to you or other people? What if it becomes powerful and corrupt handles it?

2. One should get the value of education. If I have completed a bachelors/ masters degree and I do not find a job in the place I want with the salary and other benefits, people do not know the value of education. It is just because I did not have proper family background and / or links to support me.

I just question myself: Which is valuable education or knowledge ? or skills? Do we need an automated system of life style to fix up study this subject and get your job there with that salary and benefits? If so, what will be difference in some sort of software and human life? Do not I have to look at myself and analyze why I am not getting a way to employ? Does it mean, if I do not find the job of my criteria, people around are wrong or the system is wrong? Or do
I have to filter my criteria? Is my family background everything to support my employment or I lacked some thing others too to fail. Is it the fault of the links to not to be in your accessible or my fault to create and or manage the links?

Reservation : A Discrimination by government

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Nepalese government has been discriminating its people from years on basis of ethnicity and gender being most dominant. Classifying citizens on basis of gender and ethnicity and giving special attention the group clearly reflects that the government believes that specified group of people are inferior than the remaining. Nepalese government provides reservation classifying people on basis of gender (female), ethnicity, physical deformity, and many other categories.

I had one senior sister, who strongly was against the reservation system. Providing 33 % reservation seat to female clearly indicates a sympathy to female. In her view if government believes in equal equity in male and female then, government either should distribute the access on 1:1 ratio if not everybody should be left for equal competition. In her words “Government is saying females you are weak physically and intellectually than males, so we are providing you some reservation. Some girls may be weak and some may be more captive then males, attitude of government is just the thinking of paternal society.” She was not wrong, she competed fairly and was recruited as a government officer leaving behind many males.

My personal view regarding the ethnic reservation is completely bogus. Who are receiving the reservation in past many years? How much of real needy have received reservation? The matter of fact is many of those who are receiving reservations have lived prosperous life then many others who do not fall on the category of reservation list. Is it fair that by getting born in some family get special attention by government then others. Even the royal family now have sifted to Nagarjuna Durbar and the chief of the country now is not by bloodline until when will this continue.

I do not argue against the reservation to people with physical deformity or handicaps. But discrimination of other citizens by the government cannot be justified. There has always been discrimination as we go digging within each. The child with reservation listed father and reservation unlisted mother are reserved, while the child born with reservation listed mother and reservation unlisted father does not get reservation. Another discrimination between male and female. For eg: the child of Rai father and brahmin mother gets reservation and why not the child of Rai mother and brahmin father?

In fact, reservation system is carried out just as a political tactics. In long term it is deforming the nation. Weak candidates get better opportunities. We must think if the weak candidate was not reserved then the place would have more captive candidate and more efficient result would have been obtained in the field. This is how the country is not going in the development pace as it should have been. Secondarily, reservation system is making the candidates lazy by giving them easy achievable target. The competition is reduced by a great proportion and promoting less effort to them than others. This obviously result is less competitiveness of the people in reservation list and more competitive to the remaining. Lesser is the competition, lesser will be the effort and lesser will be the achievement.

It we have to cut down the tree, its useless cutting down the branches one by one. If we need to cut down the tree we should we should cut it down from the root. How much the branches are cut, the target is never achieved unless we cut the tree by its root. Reservation system is just like cutting the branches, to show public that they are doing something. Government fears if the problem is handled, they won’t get further work to do. But its a mistake, there will always be something task left for the government to do.

If the country believes some group of people needs special reservation then why not work to end. Why not plan to make them competitive. Why not work on the way that will end the requirement of reservation i.e. a discrimination ? Government should not discriminate its citizens nor any of us should expect such.

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