The nucleus of the social fabric is shrinking, be aware!It may not be anything new considering the present day situations. But an incident, in Kerala, that was brought to light yesterday where a family of four including the parents and two children were murdered and buried in a pit made me think about this point.
Are we becoming oblivious to what is happening around us? From being a nuclear family, are we shrinking the nucleus to such an extent that we are not aware of what is happening in our neighbourhood? In the said case, the family was missing for about four days and no one staying nearby bothered to think about their whereabouts. There can be many excuses like that the family was reclusive etc but then have we started avoiding people around us?
Having been accustomed to the lights in the verandah of our neighbourhood or the movement of members of a household, do we still bother to check it out if we see that the verandah is not lighted on a particular evening or that we have not been seeing anyone from the house for some time? It is just an instance that I am pointing out. There can be many to the same effect.
Unlike the joint family era where people had so many to think and take care of them, we are living in a nuclear period. Here, neighbours do count more than family members. So, don't we need to be aware of what is happening around? It is probable that we may not be maintaining a one to one relation, but shouldn't we be keeping a tag? It is possible that I may not be meeting or speaking to my next door neighbour, but shouldn't I check it out if I don't find him with his daily routine? A light put off, an open gate, a missing vehicle or a pile of newspapers need our attention as neighbours.
Given the present circumstances, I won't blame anyone for not being a social being as such, but does it mean that we need not be concerned at all? Should we be so concerned about me and us only?
What is your say on this point?