Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Survival!

Yesterday one of the reflections was based on the idea of Karl Marx and his idea that the society will take care of individuals and hence individuals need not worry about private property (over and above anything else). Then there was this whole idea of alienation of the working class people. However, the Brother applying these ideas to our domestic staff, the gardener in particular, wrote the following:
Unless he works hard he can't survive his family and himself.
(emphasis added) I immediately understood that he actually meant that unless he worked hard, he will not be able to sustain his family and himself. But then on a second reading, it struck me that given the nature and situation of our gardener, the original statement also holds water - albeit in a different sense!

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