Confusion in Life
[Vinod Anand]

In this world, you usually have two types of options. In Sanskrit the word dvividha means, two options. If you play around with this word, it also sounds as duvidha, which means confusion. The more options you have, the more confusion you face.

For example, when you have food at home, and there is only vegetable and daal, you will have no confusion as to what to eat and what to leave. But if you are attending a wedding, where you have a lot of choice, you will also have lots of confusion. What to eat? What not to eat?

Therefore, it is a given, maybe we can even call it a law, that option creates confusion. If you analyze this law more deeply, you will find that the more you climb the ladder in an organization, the more freedom you get. The person who is in the lower rung of the ladder has fewer options.

For example, if one is a simple worker in a factory, he has less freedom. The manager has more freedom and the managing director (MD) will have even more freedom. By the same token, the worker has less responsibility, the manager has more responsibility and the MD has maximum responsibility. Therefore, freedom also implies responsibility.

Life is by choice, so if you want to achieve higher aspect of life, in an organization, home or country, then one has to take responsibility. A leader is one who takes responsibility head on. A leader leads from the front and inspires others to follow him. The leader has a choice to choose from various paths.

The power of option is available to all human beings, whereas animals have few options. For example, a tiger has no choice between eating flesh and grass. A cow also has no choice between meat and vegetables. Therefore you are privileged as nature has given you options.

The problem with us is that we want to lead without any load. We want choice without confusion. We want to evolve without effort. There is a saying, “Uneasy lays the head that wears the crown”. Going back to the same logic, let me ask, what type of life do you want to provide to your children or to yourself?

If it is based on choices, then be prepared for mistakes, for falls, for obstacles, and perhaps some confusion. Once you have made your choice, you have no control over the result. For example, you want to travel from Delhi to London; you have the choice to opt for any airline, any kind of ticket. Once you buy the ticket, you still have the choice whether to travel or not.

Even when you reach the airport, you still have the choice to board the flight or not even after you acquire the boarding pass. Once you have boarded the flight, even then you can choose to get down from the flight or travel. But, once the flight has left the runway, you have almost no choice.

Hereafter, whoever is your co-passenger, whatever type of service the airlines provide, whatever is the quality of the flight; you have to accept it. In future you may not take that particular flight but during the next eight hours, you have no option; you have to go through it. Therefore, nature gives you options.

If you are in a lower realm of affairs, the options are less but at the higher level, the options are more. But once you make a choice, you have to accept the consequences.

Author's Bio: 


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.