2nd December 2012
“Sacrifice” – a foul word that drives good people out of India
Was Bill Gates asked by his parents to sacrifice for America? Surely not!
He was expected and encouraged to become the best he could be. Thereafter, now that he is rich, he can contribute to whatever cause he wants to.
None of this could have been achieved by hobbling his own mind for the "sake of" his "country".
THAT is the model we want in India – to make it a land of opportunity where “tall poppies” are welcomed. Not cut down and asked to “sacrifice” for others.
The moment I hear someone say: “We must sacrifice for India” I know he is a collectivist who – in his fits of delusion – imagines that he somehow owns me and therefore I owe him something beyond what I am paid. India’s “leaders” too keep telling us that we owe India more than the taxes we pay.
This is dangerous nonsense. It implies that Indians exist for the sake of India. That’s the worst anti-liberty message anyone can give. It is a potent indicator of collectivism, that we owe any “country” more than taxes. The country is made up of people like us, and we are the reason why the country exists. To protect our life and liberty we create a country. Else we are nothing but slaves.
Taxes we pay for OUR convenience – to get defence, police and justice. Or some roads. Having paid our taxes we owe the country NOTHING.
Even the soldier defending India's borders must do so because he wants to defend India, and chooses this profession. As a professional he must excel and become the best soldier he can be. In doing so soldier is not expected to "sacrifice" for us by serving us for a pittance. We must reward him handsomely (through taxes collected from us for this purpose).
SO PLEASE DO NOT SACRIFICE FOR INDIA OR FOR ANYONE.
If you want to do something then that is never a sacrifice, anyway. For that's what you WANT to do.
But if you don’t want to do something then accepting anyone's direction that you must “sacrifice” for "India" is the same as accepting slavery.
Do not be a slave. Never succumb to coercion.
Let everyone in India aspire for the moon. Aim to be the richest, best, most heroic he can be. And pay taxes – the ONLY amount that is due to the country.
India will benefit most from such an approach, not from asking its best people to "sacrifice".
If India refuses to pay its best talent the rewards achievable anywhere else in the world, then such talent will NOT return to India – and should NOT return to India. At least America or Australia allows India's best to achieve their potential. Hundreds of IITians and Indian doctors work in Melbourne and thousands more do so across the world. In doing so they are contributing to the progress of OTHER nations – nations that don't expect them to "SACRIFICE". That's the natural outcome when you ask people to sacrifice. They flee.
India’s best people will FLEE if socialists want to loot their talent.
Let us abolish this word "sacrifice" from our dictionary. No sacrifice please. We must learn to PAY for what we want. Let's never ask for subsidies nor expect to pay cheaply for talented people whose service we want in India. Only then will India become a land of opportunity, and our best talent will start returning to India.
ALL WEALTH IS PRODUCED FROM THE MIND. By asking for sacrifice, we are merely driving away our best minds.
Instead of asking for sacrifice, let's encourage everyone to become Bill Gates. They will then produce thousands of jobs and pay taxes, rewarding the country like no "sacrificing" person can ever do.