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Self Reliance



People often boast of being self-dependent. More the riches the more is this confidence of being self-reliant. Their contention is that they can manage every situation and attain all comforts and luxuries of life with the resources they have accumulated with their individual effort. But the saying goes that an individual with no utility and with no needs stands isolated and is almost a non-entity to the society at large.
Society has thus come into being on the basis of utility, mutual dependence and cooperation. In the context of totality of needs, no man can ever be completely self-reliant. It is mutual dependence that is at the root of any group of people. In fact in our present scenario everything is connected with everything else. No man can move even a single step in life without the support of others. Have you ever been conscious that when you move in whatever direction of life, shades of thousands of individuals are accompanying you? Even a small drop of potable water in your glass implies the collective effort of so many people.
Every movement of human activity implies the collaboration of innumerable people. Even a person like Robinson Crusoe had society with him when he thought of building for him a castle or starting agriculture even before he could tame Friday to look after some of his socio-biological needs. All his wisdom and skills were the result of social living.
The most salient feature of a society is ‘mutual cooperation and consideration.’ Wherever this fundamental is ignored many difficulties and problems arise. If we try to analyze the problems of our present times we shall find that poverty, unemployment, unrest etc. are not as terrific as the lack of mutual cooperation. Ironically man enjoys the bliss of social living yet he disregards the principle of inter-dependence.
We have often criticized people like the King Shah-Jahan, who is said to have chopped off the hands of all those artisans who built the Taj Mahal for him. But are we sure we too, even in the present day world, are not doing the same, though in a different way?  Our present day life is seriously suffering from a serious lack of mutual consideration and reciprocity.
It may not be surprising to many professionals today that those who really execute many of their plans and accomplish the projects successfully stand totally ignored. Two things are vital for any creation i.e. intelligence (craft) and execution (labour). In our present-day world of professionalism a man of intelligence can earn millions without putting in any physical effort. But the people who really and practically execute what intelligence dictates are denied the basic necessities of life. And yet we aim at attaining the ‘maximum pleasure of the maximum people’ and boast of our humanitarian goals!
This great imbalance has vitiated the very nature of society that was created with so sincere and hard efforts over thousands of years. Naturally when the essential nature and fundamentals stand corrupted problems are bound to rise and damage its very texture.    


Source : BK Ved Guliani