Skills: Your skills matter. But do you?

The sun has no value in itself. Its value comes from plants that seek sunlight to produce food. Its value comes from animals, but only from those that thrive in daylight and summer. Bats don’t care. In other words, the value of the sun comes from those who consume sunlight. In the same way, the value of a plant comes from those who consume the plants: those who eat the leaves and fruits, enjoy the nectar, build nests on the branches and those who cut the trees to produce wood. So if the inanimate nutrient world is valuable to plants that consume elements, and plants are valuable to animals that consume plants, logic says that our value comes from those who consume us. It is the predator that gives us value. So who is our predator? Who consumes us?

Cannibals eat humans. But cannibalism is now a cultural taboo. Thus, humans have invented goods and services that can be consumed instead of the human body. We consume what people offer, voluntarily. To consume what they do not offer, by force, is theft, and violation. To feel valued, we want our goods and services to be valued. Our self-esteem, our self-respect, our ego, deepens the goods we produce for others to consume.

The mother feels valued when the child cries in her absence. The cook feels valued because people miss their food when they are away. The wives, who feel devalued, leave the husband’s house and return to the mother for a few days, so that her husband will remember and yearn for all that she brings to the table. In the Tamil folk Mahabharata, a warrior wants a wife who will sincerely mourn for him when he is dead. No one takes care of the doctor until he is sick. No one likes sweepers until they go on strike. A movie star is constantly solicited by her fans, who consume her energy, and therefore feels valued. But the day fans stop watching him or chasing him through the streets, he begins to feel devalued, and therefore aimless. The Instagram generation feels empowered with the more likes and followers they get. The number of likes indicates that they are consumed by people.

We do not realize that we are commodities to be consumed. We give to our parents, our children, our family, our bosses, our country. Our country values ​​us because we defend it, protect it and pay taxes. We end up serving the country and therefore the country values ​​us. Our family values ​​us when we provide income and when we produce children. We bring him fame, glory and future. Recently, parents who invested 50 lakh rupees in their son’s education sued the child; because he didn’t get a job or produce any children. It is perceived as a bad return on investment. They don’t feel like he matters, he has no value to them. In many Indian families, daughters are not treated the same as sons. Daughters are seen as commodities to be consumed by the family they marry.

People who think they have no purpose in life assume that their purpose comes from within when in reality the purpose comes from without. It’s what other people eat. Gurujis feel empowered and purposeful because they are surrounded by adoring students and disciples. They feel even more valued when smart people in the room agree with their nonsensical statements, made deliberately, to check the level of loyalty. Gurus today spend on social media, branded music, food, parks, festivals, which followers can consume to feel good about themselves. Every politician knows that he is appreciated as long as he holds power. Without electricity, they are useless. No one cares about the powerful; they care about the power they have. Nobody cares about the rich; they care about their wealth. No one cares about the educated; they care about their knowledge.

Hindus worship Shakti (power), not Shakti-maan (mighty). In Tantra it is said without Kali, Shiva is only shava (corpse). They are metaphors of the human condition. In the market of life, someone deprived of goods and services is almost dead. In the Mahabharata, Krishna separates (Narayana) from his army (Narayani) and checks whether the Pandavas want who-he-is or what-he-has. In organizations, shareholders don’t want the CEO, we want his skills in profit generation. In politics, we don’t want the leader, we want his vote to exploit his skills. Today, a journalist is increasingly valued because he offers loyalty to the establishment, entertainment to the public, rather than truth to the public. We become what we offer.

The rich man/woman knows this. Hence his rage. He constantly insults you, humiliates you, because he knows that you don’t like him – you like the treasure chest on which he sits. He becomes the deformed yaksha with fetid breath who is declared “the most beautiful” by all who want his money. The same goes for politicians and academics, who realize that nobody wants to consume who-they-are, only what-they-offer. It’s been a lonely life.