Naga Chokkanathan

Expecting Change

Posted on: April 8, 2012

What I would like to change, around me? (Question from :

Many things, but mainly, “Don’t care” attitude towards rules / regulations, Sometimes even ethics.

Agreed, ours is not a society with 100% efficient rules, and even those rules which are good, are being followed by ineffective people bringing a worst result. But these can’t be the excuses for everyone to stop following them altogether.

Take a traffic signal, or a small queue. Just a casual scan will tell you at least 70% of the people breaking those (simple) rules, Another 20% will be looking for these people to succeed so that they can simply follow them (Easier!), the other 10% are the poor people trying to follow whatever was taught to them by their parents / society.

Let us say I am walking on a footpath, meant for pedestrians. At least 20 vehicles cross me every minute, giving a horrible horn sound. When I turn back and tell them ‘this footpath is meant for us to walk, not for you to drive’, They just ignore me, because ‘everybody does it’.

These are the same people who get upset when a politician gets involved in a scam and cheats millions of rupees. What they don’t understand is, they are doing it in a much smaller level and at the politicians level, it is acceptable because ‘everybody does it’ (in their circle).

By not following (simple / complex) rules, we are not only cheating the system, but also setting a bad example for next generation. It is as simple as that.

Till few years back ‘Moral Science’ was a subject in many schools. We used to enjoy this ‘story time’, where our teachers taught us valuable lessons sugar coated with wonderful stories. In addition, we heard similar stories and lessons from our parents, grand parents and when we don’t follow something as expected of us, we got punished without fail. It was seen as one of the growth factors.

This generation grows with a totally different value system (Except few rare cases). Here “Anything goes”, as long as you succeed. Those who break the rule and win are seen as street smart people and given extra points for this. No one even wants to think about the long term implications of such “Rat Race Everywhere” attitude.

Of course, a government rule can’t change this. People should change, following rules, regulations, ethics, cultural expectations, giving a fair chance to everybody should be part of our life, which may not directly guarantee us a huge success, but will definitely give us a good night’s sleep, which is important.


N. Chokkan …

08 04 2012


3 Responses to "Expecting Change"

yep, i totally agree with you; the change should come with-in;

thou most of the times I’m part of the poor 10% (and get really pissed off with other’s insensitivity to these things) who follow the rules, sometimes I’m in the 20%; And, yes we are setting a very bad example 😦

Nicely written
Well done yaar..cheers for the article :).
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Very good thought and article 🙂

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