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Costs

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Published by Rakesh M Hallen
We live in society that is a market where everything can be sold and bought, of course at a price. Almost everything is a commodity (goods) that can fulfill a service.
We live in society that is a market where everything can be sold and bought, of course at a price. Almost everything is a commodity (goods) that can fulfill a service.

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We live in society that is a market where everything can be sold and bought, of course at a price. Almost everything is a commodity (goods) that can fulfill a service. Yes, everyone has to bear the cost of anything one wants; one needs; uses, be it food, clothes, habitat, education, services (civil or otherwise) or even love or affection. The cost is not always in terms of money. It can very well be agony, anxieties, grief, worries. As according to a very popular proverb: “There are no free lunches.” But, somehow we often forget that and protest at the price-tag. Because we are under an impression that somethings are perhaps totally free, cost too little, affordable to every one. Take the example of governance, a very popular issue across the world, nowadays. We are not satisfied by the services provided by our governments, our rulers. We would like them to be very honest, not at all corrupt. But, we choose them, or allow them to govern over us, very often they are one of us, even our neighbors next door. We perhaps, know the costs of governance, but think the price-tag is too steep. It should be available at a much lower cost. What determines, the price-tag, according to basic economics, it is demand and supply. We demand good governance, but it is indeed in short supply. Enough really capable persons that are not available in the market. We encourage greed among ourselves and then expect that the persons who rule over us be not greedy, we shirk work but want them to work very hard, we dislike to really think but expect them to make all decisions after careful thinking. We are not ready to pay the price for good governance, we think it should be much cheaper and affordable. We are not ready to move out of our comfortability, because it is too hard to think, too easy to criticize. We forget that when we want to eat a well prepared dish, in good ambiance we often have to go to an upstream restaurant or hotel; a roadside hawker cannot satisfy us. Same is the case with apparel, medical care or education. The more enterprising among us, invest time and effort, whether to earn that money or make contacts with the powerful, to establish their business. The business to be in the political arena, to be among the politicians that we want to rule over us. Most often, we do not want our off-springs to participate in governance, because our perception is that it is a dirty corrupt game.

The price-tag of any thing depends on the characteristics of the customers. An ignorant and gullible persons can be very easily induced to pay a high unjustifiable price, depending on the attractiveness of the advertisements. We all purchase many things, from vendors whose advertisements appeal to us, and attract us to pay for them. Isn't it the same in case elections to choose people to govern us? We are scared to think. It is so laborious, much more then we are ready for; don't we do enough labor to earn. Yes, we have to bear the costs even to earn the resources through which we purchase, any thing that we fancy. Oh! It is a lot of fun, to spend in a Mall, enjoy in a theater or cinema hall, and to learn to think! No it is very very boring. Do it tomorrow, the day after, day after the day after; or never. I, however can never forget the following lines of a poem of Robert Frost: Woods are lovely dark and green, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep. Rakesh Mohan Hallen

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