“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein
Universe is of all spacetime and everything that exist therein including planets, stars, galaxy. Estimates diameter of observable universe is 93 billion light years!
Though this quote may seem insulting but there lies a deep meaning behind this. Infinite means endless and as we know universe is infinite. But telling the same thing about Human stupidity is not that obvious.
Stupidity: lacking common sense or Intelligence. On one hand we say that human is the most wise creature in this planet earth but when a statement like this is said then we are forced to think for sometime.
The age group of 15-64 constitutes 63.6% of the population in India. 31.2% are below this age group and 5.3% are above this range. So 31.2% of the population are child and are supposed to undergo School education. 15-64 age group which constitutes the highest population are involved in productive activities like higher education, working professionals, businessman etc. The rest 5% population are dependent and are involved in no economic activities.
But the reality different. 4.35 million children in the age group of 5-14 are forced to child labour which is nearly 2% of the population. Poverty, lack of good schools and growth of Informal economy are the major cause of child labour. Although government has started a lot of plans to eradicate child labour from India like: factories act 1948, mines act 1952, child labour(prohibition and regulation) act 1986, Juvenile justice(care and protection) of children act of 2000 and Right of children to free and compulsory education act of 2009. These acts regulates and curbs child labour and ensure their fee education.
In addition to it govt. has also initiates several policies like National child labour policy. This policy has a current central funding of 6 billion rupees just to eliminate child labour from India. But the fortune of these child are so unfortunate that they are still forced to work as labour just to earn 2 extra breads at the cost of Education and health.
Smoking, Drinking, Love affairs and Social evils:
We always feel proud of the youth force we have in India after all India is having the youngest population average age across the world. But must be concerned about the killings done due to smoking, tobacco, suicide and stupid road accident due to rash driving and not abiding by the traffic rules.
The frequency of traffic collision in India is highest in the world. National Crime Record Bureau(NCRB) reports 135000 collision in India. Approximately 14 person per hour die due to road accident in India. Main Cause of these death, according to Global Status report in health survey by WHO, are driving over speed limit, Driving under influence and driving without using seat-belts and helmets.
These road accidents don’t just take lives but it also proves burden to economy. Traffic related accidents results in an annual monetary loss of $20 billion this includes accident victim, property damage and administrative expenses.
Just abiding the traffic rules and avoiding driving under influence can avoid these accidents but this doesn’t stops. Same is the condition with use of tobacco. 1.5 Million people are killed by the use of tobacco in India in a year. This includes major adult population. But still people continue to use it. Is it not stupidity?
About 800000 people commit suicide in the world out of this 17% of the cases are from India. Unfortunately 80% of these people who commit suicide are literate! Family problems and illness are the two major reasons for suicide in India accounting for 46% of the cases. Drug abuse, love affairs, sudden change in economic status, domestic violence, dowry and bankruptcy are other causes.
From all this figure one thing is obvious, that is human do all such things which they are not supposed to do and in the same time they miss to do all the essential things.
Well I have put only relevant stuffs here. But yes this article could be made more interesting if some irrelevant examples are cited. But then that will be stupidity and I want to avoid it!
All suggestions are welcome to improve this article.