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Paul Vadakumpadan, Guwahati says,
USE AND THROW
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Guwahati, Sep. 27. Recently I wrote about the age of revolutions. Many may have doubts about qualifying our times as revolutionary.

USE AND THROW

But there is something that is characteristic of our times, on which most people are agreed. We are witnessing a paper and plastic revolution. We are in an age of the disposable, whether it is paper plates and cups, paper serviettes, plastic bags. So far so good. Sometimes, it goes further. Even human beings may be disposed of. This is where alarm bells start ringing.

We are now familiar with the ubiquitous disposable cup and plate, paper serviettes and plastic bags. The last of these has become such a menace that in some places legislation exists to curb its use. However, disposable cups and paper serviettes are growing in popularity day by day. The reason behind this increasing   popularity is the use and throw principle. Use it; it serves a purpose. After that, chuck it; it is a burden. Some are trying to revive the good old habit of taking a jute bag to the grocer`s. Fortunately, in India most people still use cups and plates that can be washed. Still, the use and throw policy does appeal to increasing numbers of people.

If such a policy is inadvisable with the things mentioned above, it becomes outright despicable when the use and throw policy is applied to human beings. Here people are valuable as long as they are of immediate use. When their usefulness is over or perceived to be over, their value comes to an end. Use and throw.

This policy becomes a recipe for disaster when it is seriously implemented. The logical conclusion of this thinking is mercy killing. It is shocking that some countries that cry hoarse defending human rights are also the ones at the forefront of such anti-human legislation. Modern secularization has something to do with it. Some of the richest countries in the world are also the most secularized. In such a context, God is out. When there is no place for God, it is unlikely man will have a place. He becomes an expendable commodity. The result? Use and throw.  

It is not only in a godless world that such choices exist. Even in well meaning groups, sometimes even in the church, such practices may not be completely absent.  Voluntary service is a much appreciated practice in the church. But it would be unfortunate if volunteers cease to be of any value, when they are no more capable of rendering such service. In case of employment, people are at least paid. Someone will say that God will reward those who serve. That is how those who serve should look at it and, of course, the good God will never be outdone in generosity. But this is not how those who profit from their services should look at it.  If they do, it is nothing but a disgusting combination of arrogance and exploitation.

The temptation is real even in religious bodies, built on the fundamental principle of Christian love, to surrender to a use and throw policy. Spiritual guides warn us of the dangers of task orientation and achievement syndrome even in working for God`s glory, more correctly, so-called God`s glory.  God`s kingdom cannot be built on a use and throw policy. If someone does succeed in doing so, beware! God will refuse to reign in such a kingdom.


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