Comment 37564

By schmadrian (registered) | Posted January 29, 2010 at 06:06:37

If I have any identifiable trait when it comes to the things I'm passionate about, it's a desire to focus on a much bigger picture. The 'incident' is important, yes. But what led to it, the circumstances from which it resulted...the social arena within which it occurred...these are what my energies are almost always addressing.

"Has anybody been able to build social conscience ever in the political history of our world?"

Most times, what we're really talking about regarding change, is our value systems. Not the specifics of an incident, the transgressions involving suspect ethics and mores. (For example, The Century d├ębacle.) Behaviour, by-and-large, is the expression of a person's, a family's, a neighbourhood's, a community's, a city's, etc value systems. (Of course, there are always going to be aberrations. Always going to be those who are behavioural blips.) The 'details' are important, yes. But, using a sport analogy, you need to have a cohesive game-plan in order to compete successfully against your opponents. Within the context of our society, this 'game-plan' is our value system.

I've long believed that change really only happens when there's either a crisis, or something 'sexier' is offered. (By 'sexier', I don't necessarily mean 'better'.) In both instances, how a society reacts is predicated on its value system. No surprise here; people react according to their character, of their personal value system. (Going back to The Century, the current owner showed his true character when he responded to the roof issues -the ones that led to the deterioration of the building that led to its demolition- in the way he did; with benign neglect.)

So I agree entirely with what Mahesh is saying here. And...

'Wisdom's not in the knowing...it's in the doing.'

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