My Manifesto

I was (and continue to be) greatly inspired by Siddharth Singh’s post on the things he has changed his mind about and his incomplete manifesto of his politics. As a way of articulating one’s (my) deeper engagement with the world, I cannot think of a better way than to document the dynamic nature of views.

Writing this is also a useful exercise in thinking about what beliefs I hold deeply, and dearly; there are very few, it would seem.

So here goes:

  • I used to believe in a god and religion. Now I am an atheist.
  • In life I apply the Rawlsian Veil of Ignorance Test and I enjoy finding my hypocrisies.
  • Deeply inspired by Sandel’s book ‘What Money Can’t Buy -The Moral Limitations Of Markets’, I too now believe that treating everything as a commodity ruins the moral fabric of society.
  • Because of the point above, I did not use Dunzo when they started, and I rarely use them now but each time I feel guilty when I do.
  • I used to believe that it was alright for some people to not care about their larger world and focus on their families and their happiness. I don’t anymore.  I think it is the solemn duty of each one of us to care about making the world a better place.
  • On the same lines as above: I think all kinds of hard work are not the same. People who are able to choose between working hard to make things better as opposed to working hard mindlessly should make that choice.
  • Cynical people annoy me. Even in the darkest of my moods I try to remain hopeful and so far it has worked.
  • I think our future is socialist-ish. I believe in the post-scarcity Star Trek kind of world where we can just sit around and make art. We might have to go through a whole lot of compassionate capitalism to get there though.
  • Efficiency and productivity without liberty is meaningless (to me).

On a personal level:

  • I used to find a certain kind of energy and aggression admirable but now it just repels me.  I instead want to be kind and gentle and helpful and polite and truthful. #goals eh?
  • I am much more clear about which relationships I want to invest in. I do so freely and I confidently tell the people I like, that I like them a lot. It makes us all happier I think.
  • I used to think it was no big deal to break the rules. Now, unless its a really big life or death thing, I’m ok with doing things by the book (unless the book is unfair ok, we get it, we this that this is an exceptional situation – but in all others).
  • What if a child is watching? (This is a reference to a story I read somewhere about a man not crossing the road even though there was no traffic, until the lights turned in his favour. Why didn’t you cross, asks his friend, we could have saved a couple of minutes of waiting. I couldn’t says the man, what if a child was watching?).