My boss recently had a burglary in his house, and after the police investigation it was discovered that it was the done by the house maid and her aides. Looking back, his neglect to inform the police when hiring the household help, and his irresponsible act of not abiding by the rules, has left me shocked and sad. Had it been any person, I wouldn't have been surprised that much.
The requirement here in India, is that prior to any sort of personal recruitments (hiring of domestic helps, drivers, security guards), paperwork must be filed with the police, documenting the person to be hired. This applies to domestic helps, household aides and tenants. All it takes is a matter of just a few hours. But do we care?
When my father, a die-hard dutiful, went to the local police station to hand over the details of our new tenant, the officer-in-charge told him that it was the first ever case he had received till date! Can you believe this! The protocol has been there for some years now and it seems that no one ever bothered!
The point is, we keep blaming inefficiency of the authorities, the judiciary, the politicians and whomever we hold grudges against. We find ourselves seething in thee hatred of the system and the authorities. But how far do we do our duty? We just shrug it off saying, "it doesn't work, " "it wouldn't work, " or as my boss said, "Is there anyone who does that?"
This why-should-I-be-the-first-one, no one-does-that syndrome is typical of our society. I despise this outright. How can we get away with not carrying out our duties but not missing any opportunity to blame the system? People are frustrated to the point of disrespecting the duties of a citizen. In a democracy where everything tends to go haywire, this is understandable also. But does that give us the right not to be responsible citizens? Must we not change ourselves first and foremost before starting the blaming game?
We must rise, change and abide by the rules, no matter what, and do our duties to our best ability. Our system is nothing but us. I change, we change, our system changes.
Update On May 06, 2010: However cliched or outdated it may seem, If we could include the following teaching of Mahatma Gandhi in our daily lives, living would definitely be more beautiful:
• I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
• I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
• I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
• I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering. Mahatma Gandhi
Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 - 1948)