The women of Palaguttapalle stitch cloth bags and make pickles to make ends meet. These are farmers who fed us and are now poverty stricken, reeling under drought. I bought a batch of 50 bags from Aparna Krishnan , thinking I could sell them to my colleagues or friends. Since my marketing skills are quite unprolific, let alone sell, i have been unable to give them away even for free. It has been almost 6 months and i still have 20 or so lying with me. Here is what gets me-
It was very easy for me to deposit a few thousands to her bank account and purchase a batch. We tend to do that often. It is a clever way to feel free of a heavy conscience. Those of us condescending call it charity, those more grounded call it dharma, those detached call it karma. However, only when we try to share stakes, to shoulder a collective burden, do we realize that it is a long road ahead. If one's empathy inspires corrective thought or action, all the angry debates and sarcastic memes and powerful speeches and revolutionary books account to something. Without that, yes, it may be a weak energy signature out in the cosmos but that's that.