Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Is one government for 1billion people viable?

According to Wikipedia, Liberty refers to the condition in which an individual has the ability to act according to his or her own will.

I had stopped by the local BSNL office. The problem I was seeking to rectify was that two months had passed by since a modem was installed, five months’ charges were paid in advance and I had no internet connectivity. The only meaningful way of making the authorities aware of the problem is to stop by their office between 3pm and 4pm. Inside the office, three persons started asking me which lights are blinking on the modem and what are the error messages. Incidentally, incase someone is unfamiliar about the LEDs on a modem, there’s one for power (!) and choosing that would have been a sure-shot to get some service. Instead, I tried to reason with them that these questions should actually be asked over phone, when the user is by their machine. I returned without being able to affect any change to the situation.

Effectively what happened was, the human beings responsible as hired representatives of the people to provide collective services to the people, refused to do so. This in turn pushed me to a private service provider.

Thus, the people choose to elect a government (being extremely cautious about their democratic rights and everything) and then choose to work towards making it redundant and get paid by the government for doing it.

Finally...

I had forgotten what my blog space was called; found it kind of funny now; its been about two months since I created this thing and couldn't decide what to start talking about.
What drove me back here was this site: http://www.vidyaashram.org
I read the note on knowledge & thought in a globalized world. Philosophically a definition of knowledge requires a differentiation between propositions, truths and beliefs and at the end the whole thing is left kind of fuzzy. But what if knowledge was processed information? Atleast everything is consistent on the time axis. The concept of lokavidya proposed in the article I'm referring to, ignores the fact that we have exceeded the carrying capacity of the planet.

I sat through a talk by Professor Pranabesh Sanyal of the School of Oceanographic Studies, JU today and it seems that back water contamination in our surface water sources is alarming; mangrove trees, 7-8 yr olds, can now be seen in Calcutta!

That basically sums up the fundamental characteristics of a developing economy.