Davos, what are we really talking about?
The World Economic Forum, meets yearly in late January
to dwell into critical issues confronting humanity. When will we distill down to the crux of all?
By: Himanshu K. Gandhi
At the Davos World Economic Forum, where
the world leaders from all walks of life gather to tackle real global
... you will hear a lot of media moguls speak about the critical role of
their industry and challenges to reach out to the world...
But there will be no challenge to them… on how and why they get away
with... deceit of paid news?
You will also hear financial moguls talk about
economic recovery around the world... and efforts to spur investments in
infrastructure, and pumping energy into the levers of growth world wide...
But there will be no challenge to them on how they got away with...
pumping out all of the deceitful concoctions of financial derivative
instruments that sunk millions of people in debt and economic misery world wide
... with not a single person, from within them, spending time out of their
ivory perch towers, into cold cells.
You will hear a lot of panel discussions on income
inequality... on ways and means to pull up those at the bottom... from raising
minimum wages, to investments into education, and such....
But no one there will offer that the root cause is plain vanilla deceit.
They conveniently forget that those at the bottom 99% have no qualms about showering praise on a
person who is deserving and has earned his/her bounty through rightful means...
but have deep rooted angst against those that have amassed their wealth
deceitfully, gaming the system...
... ranging from working with "sympathetic" regulators and
lawmakers to concoct carve outs for their benefit... to plain vanilla stealing
from investors when compensation committees, for example, award a USD 200
Million dole to a person fired from his job, after just 6 months of
You will also hear grave concerns on malnutrition
and hunger among millions of deprived…
But no one will challenge the pipes of deceit… where food meant for the needy
is looted away by those entrusted to run the "program”… with corrupt governors
of the system calling shots. Unless nations comes to be governed by those
driven by selfless motive, at each and every level of government... at the
center and all states... we will have a network of broken pipes… be it any
place on earth.
In any developing or developed place, intellect has mostly gone awry to
service fear or greed, or has succumbed to avarice or is ruled by deceit. Culture of truth, sympathy, tolerance,
forgiveness and notion of ‘for the greater good’ to engender selfless motive…
need be taught, learned and practiced afresh.
There is no other alternative.
About the author: Himanshu is based in Boston,
MA and is an avid follower of Jainism. He administers a
Facebook group ‘Campaign for Truth’, where in all of the members have taken a
solemn pledge to displace deceit out of their being.To enable them to
support cause of truth in each and every sphere of life, and raise voice of
reason to call out deceit when and where possible. To join the group or
any comments email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.