Guest Post : "The Secret Of Our Society" By SUB

Subhrashis Adhikari aka SUB writes at  KHOJ . His blog makes one think, or rather challenges one to think and stretch one’s level of imagination. He writes on common topics of discussion, but his style of writing and the way he frames it up, and the way he clearly conveys the abstract thoughts is simply amazing. I’m sure his words have a huge impact on his readers and followers. Simple yet, powerful it is! I’m glad that he was able to write a Guest Post for me, when I asked him. Thank you Sub. I’m honored

Inequality is the biggest problem in today’s society. However it is inequality that makes us, some of us, rich. ‘Enough’ is never enough for human beings, they always want more. They want more so that their future is secure. That is why we work hard everyday over-stressing ourselves to have our own house, a big car, a big bank balance. And in that process we forget to live our life that exists only in the ‘present’. Precisely because of that reason we started agriculture 10000 yrs ago, to have more food than required for the ‘secured’ future.
However, we forgot a simple fact – nature sets its own limits. The moment you take something more than that limit, someone else somewhere is bound to get less. It disturbs the balance of nature. It creates inequality. That is exactly what we have done. First we have stolen resource (food, water, space) from other animals/plants, and now we are stealing the same from ourselves. Some of us are over-consuming our tiny planet leaving ever so less for the rest. You are well above the world poverty limit and are indirectly the reason why a child in a poor nation is dying because of malnutrition. It is not your fault, but it is all related because the world is a closed system. We always want to make progress in our life. But, even if the progress comes with full honesty and hard work, we end up making someone somewhere poor. Everybody cannot have more than required from a limited resource.

We feel sad for all the problems of the world and try to find a solution. But we will never be able to find a solution because we do not realize the root cause of the problem. We have been brainwashed by society to think in a way that we overlook the true cause. The brainwash has been done by creating a ‘sense of separation. We only feel bad for our ‘own people’, people who are closer to us. The moment you feel different from a particular bunch of people, you will not feel that bad exploiting them.

Our brains have been trained to think in a particular way. We have been taught what is good and what is bad, and we accept most of it without questioning. As a kid we are taught to believe in a particular faith/god. We believe it without questioning making ourselves separate from all those who believe in other faiths/gods. As a kid we are taught to love our country.  We love it without questioning making all those people within the border our own, and all on the other side our enemies. We differentiate in terms of skin colour, status, caste, creed, and even sex. That makes it so mush easier for us to exploit the others. Remember how the Egyptians exploited the slaves in the ancient world, how Muslims exploited the pagan faiths in Middle Ages, how ‘civilized’ Europeans exploited the New World since industrial revolution, how Hindus exploited the ‘lower castes’, how whites exploited blacks? Moment the sense of separation is erased inequality will vanish and we will become united. But unfortunately that would never happen, because we will not let that happen. If we let it happen then all of us, who are above the poverty limit (includes you and me), will become poor. Who will afford to donate their hard earned wealth other than a mad saint?
We are the ones who are exploited, and we are the ones who exploit. We have made an exploitation pyramid where higher up you are the more powerful you become and at the fat base are the people of the poor nation who die of malnutrition. In between, all of us are trying to exploit each other. We are the ones who are not only under the spell, but also the ones who enchant others by incepting the ‘sense of separation’ in their minds. That is the biggest secret of our society. It has become part of the ebb and flow of our life from which we can never escape. Happy exploiting!

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34 thoughts on “Guest Post : "The Secret Of Our Society" By SUB

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  1. Great post Sub, humans are always hungry for more and more. This is the reason for many problems, even wars as well in the recent times. I think exploitation is an art which we need to learn for sustainable development…


  2. Dear SUB,
    That was some great insight. The one we always miss.
    PS: The part “…how Muslims exploited the pagan faiths in Middle Ages,…” left me wondering. If I could get some references to the above said, I'd be grateful.


  3. secret revealed…
    “We are the ones who are exploited, and we are the ones who exploit”
    loved this line… Its like vicious cycle… it goes on n on
    just objects change, but process remains the same !!

    Awesome read as ever SUB !!


  4. Hi Sub,

    I do agree with some of the part written. However, I think that it is definitely possible for all of us to grow together. And not necessarily, one has to be poor for the others to go rich. Just because, we haven't found out that way due to the conditioning of society, or our own inner apprehensions and discrimination of others, may not mean that the solution doesn't exist. We may have to keep looking for it. Whether we find it or a different question… 🙂

    Till then…as you said…happy exploiting 🙂


  5. @Ashutosh: thanks…

    we can definitely grow together, but then we have to change the definition of growth…with the increase in our population we have killed the habitat of many species….can we give it back to them and grow together? not yet….and out growth is interlinked with lot's of non-renewable resource which is limited, being a geologist i know there isn't enough for everyone…and for rest, like food and water, the space is still a constrain….

    Dhiru bhai is an anomaly, and anomalies are build in our system….it always gives a probability of say 0.1% for poor people to grow rich…if 1000people try one will definitely become rich….we only see that 1 success and the rest 999 failures are camouflaged in randomness…

    but that's just my opinion….all respect to yours…:)


  6. Sub..Yes we exploit big time but never accept it…your post is helping us do that..I wish world balances out atleast…we all can be average-neither rich nor poor! Not a bad deal. Nature definitely sets the limit and I'm glad it does that…Intelligent post as always 🙂


  7. What a KHOJ? awesome as ever
    although…when we take something from our environment we give back to it too..that complies with the law of conservation…also all of us not poised equally to get from the env and hence it would be unjust if the lesser poised gets more and vice versa…although yes, the dynamic of equilibrium must be taken care of!

    Great write up, as usual:)


  8. Wow.. another lovely post churned up 🙂

    but its not the question of inequality of rich or poor .. the problem is the VAST difference .. inequality would be fine if the distance between the two is narrow and not widening as it is doing ..

    I dont mind someone being filthy rich let them be but at least he gap needs to be lesser..



  9. so true SUB..we are the ones who suffer and we are also the ones who cause it.. the i want more or give me all attitude.. fear of future.. greed of better…gets to hoard, store, steal.. and dunno what all.. the never satisfying hunger…


  10. when you think, you introduce us to a layer of the world that wraps us but we are not familiar with that.

    Sometimes, I feel amazed at how come you can write on such complex issues with such simple sentences.

    Again a masterpiece from a master-mind.


  11. A very thoughtful post SUB.. Agree to your views here… It reminded me of a movie I saw last week – “In Time”. Yes the society is programmed to exploit others… The rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer..
    In the middle of this humgama, we completely forget life and busy taking up the resources of mother nature, without knowing that we are exploiting ourselves… An intellectual post! 🙂


  12. Wonderful post. Must say, its devoid of preachy cliches.

    Speaking of Exploitation, there is one very common observation. The moment one section starts exploiting, the other (section) starts complaining on the need for conservation. This is irrespective of the abundance of the Resource.

    Take Iron Ore for Eg: India may not have the mechanism/ expertise to fully utilize Iron Ore Fines. Yet, we demand ban on its exports.
    Time we mature and grow as an industry.


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