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Self-healing, Self-disciplined society

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By Mohan Krishnamurthy leomohan@gmail.com                             © Mohan Krishnamurthy, 2006. Printing and Publishing without author’s explicit  permission is prohibited by law.    

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Self-healing, Self-disciplined society
By Mohan Krishnamurthy
I recently visited an embassy to get some endorsements. I saw a security guard with a machine gun walking here and there and guiding the people to sit in order. Whenever he crossed me his pointed machine gun created a scary feeling. I read in a newspaper sometimes back that the rifle of a security guard accidentally got triggered and he died in that accident. I observed the machine gun. There was a cap for protection; probably it needs to be unlocked before the deadly weapon can cause damages. But will he get sufficient time to follow the unlocking procedures when an attack happens? The thoughts that followed are presented here in this article. Is it possible to protect a society or a city or a country by laws and deploying security forces? How to protect thousands of miles of railway tracks, ports, harbors, airports, tunnels, bridges and causeways? Even placing a security guard every one hundred meters means the whole of the population joining armed forces to protect a country. Let us be practical. It is impossible to establish security in this fashion. When we stop the car when red is on irrespective of whether there is a camera flashing at us or not, when we do not park our cars in ‘No Parking’ even when there is no traffic policeman around, when we do not pluck the flowers in a garden when we see a “No Plucking of Flowers” notice, when we do not evade taxes, when we declare the exact value of goods in the customs, and when ... and when... oops! We are talking about ideal conditions. Ideal conditions never exist in real world. Is there any statistics on the percentage of criminals in the world? A famous saying of Epicurus: “As long as we are death never comes, when death comes we are not”. An individual or an establishment is secure as long as there is no attack, when there is an attack, the individual or the establishment becomes insecure. I heard one of my friends saying that he just bribed a guy in a high security ‘No Smoking’ zone to smoke a cigarette. The same friend puts-off the cigarette when he talks to his parents, even over the phone. Isn’t it amazing? There is some fundamental ethics imbibed by our society and nurtured by our culture that restricts us from crossing certain boundaries. Laws and regulations fail to convert the flamboyant writings of thick rule books into real practice. They say “Laws are for fools” and “Law makers are often law breakers”. When crimes are committed by masses justice fails to play a role. Justice is often delayed or denied totally.

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The situation is not yet alarming though. We are talking about a society that can self-heal itself from the social diseases, lawlessness and social evil. We are talking about a society that is self-disciplined, not run by law or law makers, but run by fundamental values, ethics and disciplines. Self-disciplined society ensures that you do not require speed radars; you may not need heavily armed guards, X-ray scanners and spending on “No ....” notice boards. This huge investment rather be utilized on betterment of the society, provide better civic amenities to the people and not on arms, ammunition and sophisticated security systems.

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