Caring & Sharing

It has been nine years since the Mumbai floods of 2005. The rain has been pouring unabated since Saturday evening, and it brought back memories of that dreadful 48 hours.

I didn’t post about it back then, and a friend chided me about it. A month later, in August that year, I wrote about it. But only because he implied that I don’t care about it. This blog has hardly seen any social commentary. Man-made tragedies cause anger to show; natural calamities cause despair. These emotions are universal responses to such events and writing about them, in different words, amounts to nothing. It was not very nice of my friend to imply that I did not care; but I know him well — he perhaps only wanted to know what I felt.

Contemporary social commentary (in India at least) has become lop-sided, biased, and bereft of thought. The ability to comment easily has, in my opinion, caused this.

We often forget that the ability to publish our comments has become instantaneous; not the need for us to think through and form our comments.

We have all done that, one time or the other, and that’s fine, as long as we are not making a habit out of it. Spewing vitriol about an event that (sometimes unfortunately) makes headlines is counterproductive to solving, or even debating an issue.

Almost everyone cares for what’s happening in our world; very few care to take part in shallow badgering.

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