I have an ‘old’ car and I have made it a challenge to ensure that when these is a problem that it be resolved with 24 hours. I have reasoned that if I cannot keep my car in a good working condition how am I going to resolve other serious challenges? We need to make concerted effort to resolve issues and stop making excuses. Also, swearing and “gun talk’ do not solve problem. It is the brain and muscle that solve problems and most importantly, human cooperation.
Cooperation is a crime among the poor and the miserable. Among the rich it is their secret ingredient. The rich families cooperate fully, sharing support and helping each other along the way. This is best seen in the success of limited liability companies and multinationals that amass large sum of money by trading in the stock exchange as against the sole trader who does everything: serve customers, order and receive goods, pack the shelves, does the accounts, cleans the floor and toilets and does his own public relations-attending weddings, wakes and funerals, birthday and having no rest with a heart attack or diabetes lurking in the dark since he has no time for exercise.
The success of the Jews across the world is mainly due to this beautiful inclination to cooperate among themselves. I have heard Indo-Trinis praising the high levels of Indo-Guyanese in the USA and especially in the acquisition of real estate. I guess Jews and Indo-Guyanese understands well what it takes to survive!
When I speak of the need for greater cooperation I am rebutted with the argument that Hinduism encourages individual growth and development. And I agree because Hinduism put God first and a person is allowed to live above the rules of society only after he or she becomes a sadhu or sanyasi. Such an individual is above caste or social obligations. However, those who are not sadhus and sanyasis, are enjoined to execute their social obligations towards their families and the community.
A man, frustrated by the ups and downs of life, went to a guru and complained that life was too difficult and that he wants to get out. The guru listened to him patiently and then said to him: “I would take you to such a place where you would have no quarrels and conflicts.” The man was elated and the next day the guru took him in his car and asked him to stop by a cemetery. The man was in shock: “Why have you brought me here?” The guru responded: “Well you said you want a place with peace and quiet and conflict-here is that place.”
Indians have taken up residence in tombs to pretend that all is well. For example, if you are unjustly bypassed for a promotion, you need not challenge it. Since your world is a perfect one you retire to your tomb and sleep it out.
In that tomb world neighbors don’t bother to know each other and why? Each is trying to pretend that he is smarter than the other and is very careful that classified and sensitive information may be unconsciously leaked.
I recalled a pandit saying that he went to read Ramayan at a home in a gated community and there were no guests. The widow apologized to the pandit- “Baba, I was always busy and never made time for others. I doubt anyone will be coming.”
While Indians excel academically, they still continue to suffer discrimination in the diaspora. For the past 30 years Indians have been winning the majority of the scholarships in this country, and yet they are not in Cabinet, among the senior ranks in financial institutions, public service, judiciary, state enterprises and the private sector.
I am quite comfortable knowing Indians from a distance. As I get closer I encounter an individual who is using much make-up to compensate for his short comings and failure. Driving the latest model vehicles and living in upscale community is one such escape valve. Indians are doing for free what Amitabh Bachchan are paid millions to do!
Daily I see Indians hustling to make ends meet while other sectors of the population have the treasury at their disposal. The 1% readily land themselves lucrative contracts without having to go through any bidding process. An entire TTT is made available to promote creole culture and the treasury is also available to lavish millions on creole arts and culture. Yet this social phenomenon does not bother the Amitabh Bachchans as they retire to their tombs to sleep out their frustration and disappointments.
But the impact of the Amitabh Bachchans can be felt between 7:30- 8:30 am Monday to Friday when they congest the roads to make their way to their offices. It is like the single unwritten pact-to have their presence felt within those hours- a kind of daily re-enactment of the residents of the suburbs of Manhattan streaming to the city center to take up work in their plush offices in the skyscrapers of New York.