An ethical society?

Witoubou Newmai

Does our society say it is time we start writing an obituary on belief of an ethical society? Does our society also say it is time we start writing an obituary on the notion that ‘Character-building and nation-building go together’? Or, do we, altogether, say that there were never such beliefs in our society?


Unless we value the significance of an ethical society, the ongoing campaign against corruption will remain insignificant. This is because corruption is all about destroying ethics. In a society where ethics is considered insignificant, campaigns on nation-building also cannot produce needed effects.


Tragically, we seem to have failed to go beyond nuggets to a search for larger values.


As presented in this column by this writer last year, the absence of a right conscience or genuine dissenting voice has given rise to a desolate situation which vividly denotes where our moral landscape stands. Moralist bashing and calling morality as an outdated, clichéd, idea is a larger tragedy in our society.


We have also mentioned in this column earlier that the strident vaunt of the Nagas on “nation-building” has become a hollow campaign. We may also call it an act of vacuity. With minds as corrupt as ours has become, there is little hope for our polarised Naga society to be stimulated. We fail to realise that the Naga campaign is attached to our moral code and conscience.


The deplorable trend has reached the next level—we refuse to even raise eyebrows when commercial and political ventures are being operated in the garb of charity. Yes, we know that the prevailing system dulls our conscience against corruption and impunity, however, there is also a thing called responsibility.


What morality does one exhibit when services that have been rendered vis-a-vis cleaning one’s locality or donating a bag of rice to an orphanage, for instance – is it motivated by one’s desire to get it published in the media?


This, while there remains mudslinging on nation-building?


Or, is our society a rosy-bed imagination?


As things are getting increasingly parochialised and aimless, our society is also splitting up. This trend has, in turn, developed a partisan’s idea of fairness.