Current Trends in Hindu Society - Decline and Fall
From The Editor's Desk
(Hinduwebsite Editorial - Exploring Truth Amidst Illusions and Distortions)
When people lose their moral compass, they resort to perverted logic. This is called viparyaya or vitandawada. According to our scriptures, it is usually tamasic and demonic people who indulge in this type of arguments.
Frankly, there should be a no confusion in knowing what is right and what is wrong. With intelligence you can discern the true from false just as you can discern the day from night. Same is true with morality.
At the most fundamental level, there should be no confusion as to what constitutes right or wrong. Morality is not about freedom, but about responsibility. Morality is not about doing what I want to do, but about discipline and self-restraint. There is a lot of confusion in people's minds as to what constitutes freedom.
The Hollywood and Bollywod types equate sexual freedom with individual freedom while they have no issues with government trying to control the lives of people and taking away their individual liberties through voluminous laws and deceptive slogans. These very people who talk of individual freedom campaign for corrupt politicians during elections and support governments that oppress people.
When you decide to live in society you become a party to an unwritten social contract, which puts some obligations on your part in return for the comforts and the facilities you enjoy as part of society. Obviously for the irresponsibly rich celebrities, the social contract is different.
The Bhagavadgita suggests that people should cultivate discerning wisdom (buddhi) to discriminate between right and wrong. Without proper discrimination, it is impossible to overcome suffering and ignorance or achieve self-transformation. You do not have to read great shastras to know the right from the wrong. What you require is pure common sense and the ability to know instantly and intuitively what is good for you and for society and what protects your soul from evil and what does not. A discerning person is saved from downfall, while those who lack common sense and discriminating intelligence perish by their own indiscriminate actions.
The order and regularity of society is ensured only when people abide by certain social and moral norms. In every age people followed their own set of laws to regulate their lives and society. When these laws fell into disuse or corrupted by perverted logic, society usually fell into chaos and disorder. When disorder sets in no one is safe. The rot that sets in society in times of disorder due to the ascendence of evil gradually spreads. In the early stages of this decline, you will hear about a few sporadic incidents of crime and evil hapening here and there. Then more and more people will be drawn into it and suffer from it. As the decline continues, at some point of time, evil becomes the standard and people begin to forget what is right and wrong. When that happens, only the most heinous crimes will be considered evil and sinful while a lot of evil goes unnoticed. Indian society is presently going through this phase. It does not matter if women are raped everywhere and every day. It does not matter if more than 300 million people live in abject poverty and subsist on rats and other unhealthy food because they belong to socially deprived castes. Excesses become the norm and people's tolerance and acceptance for them increase proportionately.
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