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The highest duty of man



Oftentimes, we are told that being altruistic is the highest duty of man.
I quote a philosopher whose simple talk I often like. 

"Altruism holds that man has not right to exist for his own sake, that
service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that
self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue, and value. ... The
social system based on and consonant with the altruistic morality - with
the code of self-sacrifice - is socialism, in all or any of its variants:
fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal
to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the
state. 

"In a capitalist society, all human relationships are voluntary. Men are
free to cooperate or not, to deal with another or not, as their own
individual judgments, convictions, and interests dictate. They can deal
with one another only in terms of and by means of reason, i.e., by means
of discussion, persuasion, and contractual agreement, by voluntary choice
to mutual benefit. The right to agree with others is not a problem in any
society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the
institution of private property that protects and implements the right to
disagree - and thus keeps the road open to man's most valuable attribute:
the creative mind."

It is necessary for our youth in India to realize that they should NOT be
sacrificing themselves for any vague causes. The best way for them to help
out India is to become enormously rich themselves. By legal means, of
course. By dint of their creativity and hard work. By the act of bringing
into this universe something they were not born with: a new product, a new
invention. Creation from the human brain is the highest form of morality. 
One Edison is worth a million Mother Teresas, in terms of net present
value to the society, discounted over a hundred years, say. American
workers and janitors (sweepers) are so rich, that all of them own cars,
and live a better life than our top civil servants in India. That did not
come from a million Mother Teresas and self-sacrificial goats like me,
slogging for the poor of this nation. That wealth came from the likes of
Henry Ford and Bill Gates.

Apart from the fact that pleas to serve the poor, coming from people who
will not spend any time or money on the poor, anyway, are not worth the
paper they are written on, it is foolish to try to serve the poor by
becoming poor. Henry Ford served more poor than did most people before
him: he gave people jobs, and created wealth. 

The highest duty of man is therefore to create something of worth to
the society. I and you can only do that through hard work and competition
in the marketplace. Not by being altrustic. The worth of one's effort must
be evaluated by one clear yardstick: how much did you sell? 

This was intended particularly for those who still consider it viable that
our MPs should be paid small amounts as wage and that people like Prem
should make a sacrifice of their lives for our "people." That is you! 
Utkarsh! Now that the problem on the campaign finance has been partially
sorted out, can we finalize the proof of today's MP's salary being higher
than what 70% of the professionals receive? 

An MP's job is a very tough one, requiring a lot of touring, thinking,
reading, if he is to do that job well. As Charu said, an MP deserves at
least what the CEO of a middle level company gets, if not more. Shall we
close that topic (tentatively), then, by insisting that the People pay
their representatives generously? It might have been OK for a while,
before independence, to ask for self-sacrifice. But self-sacrifice cannot
sustain any nation for long. 

I know much of what I am promoting: hard work, competition, paying people
who protect us and our property rights, well, is foreign to our psyche,
distorted as it has become through the misguided propaganda of the past
100 years which kept on asking for more and yet more of self-sacrifice.

Let all sacrifices end! And hard work and competition, begin!

SS












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