- What is the meaning of affluence and progress then?
Funny thing is this about four percent of the population is perpetually poor depending on welfare which, again, is shrinking in value and certainty. Even in cold winter thousands of people live on the street-- young and old, men, women and children.
- Do these not suggest that something is fundamentally wrong somewhere?
It is argued that the segment of population depending on welfare is incompetent due either to lack of education or to proper motivation, should be kept out of the job market so that the capitalist spirit of competition does not get slackened. Also full employment has the potential for boosting the bargaining power of labor, which is not liked by the employer. A large number of people work for a minimum or a bit higher than minimum salary in innumerable occupations requiring less skill and education. These people try hard to avoid slipping into Welfare rolls. But their situation is getting precarious; even with two salaries a couple with two children cannot make two ends meet; their indebtedness is increasing rapidly. These people are getting restless since they see from a little distance what constitutes affluence. They also get to know how enormous is the Defense budget and how low is the salary of ordinary soldiers. Interestingly, most of these people do not vote during general election; they tend to be cynical.
I, Dr. Chitta R. Goswami Ph.D., a retired professor of religion & philosophy, am deeply concerned with human problems, particularly at this age of science, technology and globalism. In my view, religion is suffering from inadequacy to address current problems and issues. But if the code of religion, espescially, hindu philosophical insights could be brought together with modern science - latest findings of subatomic physics and string theory of creation, solutions could be found. Search for truth 9:58 AM