All Talk and No Action Monday, August 30, 2010

If I were a Pakistani today, I would feel deeply insulted.

Most Op-Eds in Indian dailies call India to play a greater role in the relief activities in Pakistan.

The premise they hold is that aid is important, if Pakistanis have to be kept away from terrorism.

Thus, help Pakistan to help India.

Infact, one guy at the Huffington Post (I can't locate the link now) went ballistic at the lack of response in the international community. He urged all readers to help Pakistan, if they didn't want a replay of September 11, 2001 .

Help Pakistan, else today's calamity-struck will bomb you tomorrow.

Or back home, Help Leh, since you could be one of them tomorrow.

Human beings are not wired to be altruistic.

The only stimulus they ever respond to is of fear.

Fear of being at the receiving end, fear of an empty cup of Karma, fear of God.

Even if fear produces desirable outcomes, by way of affirmative action, such actions are never sustainable in the long run.

I have always believed that the intention (seed) of an act is more important than the outcome it plans to achieve.

I will help only because it is a humane thing to do.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you but logically the reasoning is correct.

All Talk and No Action said...

@allthecrap - Yes, logically, I am fine. However, fear doesn't work for me as a reason to reach out and help. Also, if one wishes to make the activity sustainable, fear is the last gimmick one should use.

Anonymous said...

I agree, I am selfish. And proud of it.