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Living In A World Without Wastage

Updated on April 10, 2020
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Hi, I'm Sanjeev Nanda, and I love keeping up to date with current affairs.

Being myopic about our current predicament is, for a lack of a better analogy, short-sighted! The entire world is busy reeling in from a catastrophe, people are being displaced in large numbers – at the same time, a vast majority is stuck within their houses, enjoying a semi-paid vacation, in absolute desolation. The world that we used to live in, is effectively, on a hiatus – indefinitely!

Additionally, the virus has, as of this writing, infected over a million people worldwide – in times like these, you cannot help but begin to think, “what if that was me?” it is only natural to do so. Folks across the world, living on limited resources, have developed a newfound humility and a sense of gratitude – almost within a span of a month. Bluntly speaking, all of this has been overwhelming, to say the least. It’s no wonder that the global mood, is of a shared trauma – At the end of the tunnel, we may come out very different, than how we went in.

There is, however, another way to look at this – by retroactively analysing the world we left behind.


A World Full Of Excess

It’s not even that we were living under the luxury of an uber-comfortable existence. However, I’d be lying if I said that it was anything less than appealing in concept, given the conditions right now. Truth be told, the world we have effectively left behind, was one of waste – wasteful spending, consumption, and a general sense of excess. From top to bottom, comfort and luxury had become the prime directive – unlike survival and sustenance, we have come to value right now.

The world that was a-buzz in January, over the three-way fight between Samsung, Huawei, and Apple – all of it has turned to dust now, as folks just cannot imagine shelling out a minor fortune on things they could have otherwise done without. It’s these conglomerates that are feeling the pinch, but their pains are being amplified towards the population, through crashing markets and a general sense of doom and gloom.

I fail to fall for these trappings! If the common person is unable to support the bigger, private bodies of the world, through monetary means – by no means do they deserve to be punished through a failing economy. The ship is currently at stand-still – private players are boring a hole through the bottom, and letting the water in. It does not have to be this way! The people should not be punished for a bad economy – it should not be that a lack of non-governmental spending should result in the disintegration of society as we know it.

The fact that this is a thing that is actively happening – makes one wonder whether there is a faulty hole in the system, and is the ship too under the water, to be saved successfully.

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