Thursday, November 3, 2011

West or East - who is the best?


The seven billionth child has created a lot of furore the world over. However the West has put the onus of controlling the population once again on the developing countries. From the data available it has been clarified that since 1960 the population has increased manifold thanks mainly due to the decrease in death rate AND increase in birth rate. The technological advancements in healthcare facilities have led to increase in longevity of people alive today. However is it fair to pressurize a woman not to bring a child into this world only because the earlier generation members of the household have not yet left this world?
 US of A, Europe, Japan and other developed countries of the world are tottering on their legs. Robots are being invented to take care of the elderly even if they are only surviving on ventilators. The developed countries are enjoying the fruits of the labour of generations of toil by people from the so called developing countries who were once colonized and their minerals, metals and other raw materials were used to churn out millions of produce which were then forced on to the very same colonies through fair means or foul. Many were chained and taken away from their homeland to slave for the colonials.
The developed countries were sitting pretty on a pile of gold and looking the other way when their erstwhile colonies toiled to put themselves back on track after they gained independence. Trade barriers were set up as and when they found the competition is getting too hot. Immigration rules were tightened to ensure that the natural movement of human migration is avoided. Electric fences and snarling dogs created a safe haven for the rich countries to whiz by in gas guzzling limousines to resorts where they could while away their fortunes sipping on champagnes while frolicking in their Jacuzzis. The best of the lot were still given special passage to enter and serve them thereby enriching their already overflowing treasuries.
Today the heat is on them. The cycle has started turning. Their foolhardy lifestyle has emitted too much of chemicals into the atmosphere. Economies have started crumbling as the Pandora’s box of their misdeeds came into the open. The natural human tendency of greed not only made them refuse to share their profit but also egged them to grab all they can in any which way they could manage. Rules were bent, corrupt practices were given free hand, governments were supported or thrown off depending on their tendency to go in the direction of the wind.
Money is Power even today. They are still calling the shots in today’s economy. Trade barriers are being pegged higher but the realization is dawning on them that this cannot go on for long. Reactions are varied. Shove, Push, Overthrow – let me live till eternity – the rest be DAMNED. This is the message blinking on the hoardings everywhere. Still others are slowly going into despair and death.

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