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Bottled water

Written By : Praneet Singh. For whatever its worth, I would like to add a point to the recent bottled water saga. A recent conference of mayors in the US
20 Jul 2008 12:00

Written By : Praneet Singh. For whatever its worth, I would like to add a point to the recent bottled water saga.
A recent conference of mayors in the US resolved to ban the purchase of bottled water by municipalities.
Environmental concerns and exorbitant markups were some of the reasons cited for the ban. Many mayors are now promoting the use of tap water (remember those?) which is free, and readily available (at least in the US taps).
In my opinion the pendulum may be swinging the other way for this yuppie habit. Come to think of it, some of us had to make do with a bucket at the end of a rope, and some probably still do.
Your newspaper (FS 28/6) had three stories which interestingly are inter-related with the headlines.
The article headlines were: “Millionaire jailed for enslaving workers”, “Somali children need medical aid” and “Back where he belongs”.
Though such stories have been so common in the media for decades, such occurrences seems to be increasing on a daily basis.
On tells of Varsha Sbhanani a millionaire abundantly blessed with wealth but who lacks the attitude of looking after the welfare of her employees. If she had possessed a well- balanced attitude in conjunction with her materialistic wealth, the woman would have done wonders not only for her two employees but would have the privilege of reaching out a helping hand with other fortunate individuals to starving souls in poor countries such as Somalia.
Millions of people around the world such as those in Somalia sorely need basic simple nourished foods on their tables.
Psychopathic rapist Lee Porritt confesses of the treatment they receive at the Broadmoor Hospital.
Instead of providing the cure for their mental and physical disease, they are been bombarded with the very material which aids the solidification of the disease. As a former staff member put it: “They get whatever they want because the staff don’t want a drama.”
So basically, all three stories have a common theme – finding and providing the solution to the problem or fulfilling a need. In this highly competitive information age where to connect in the buzz word, leaders the world over have concluded there is more to life than what the five senses have been telling us.
So back to the basics – which is to understand the spirituality in man.
Maybe the Gospel stories have been right all along. Only Jesus can fulfill the need of every individual.




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