Coronavirus mayhem: There is a higher purpose for us all to strive

ChennaiUpdated: May 22, 2020, 06:21 PM IST
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A woman wearing a mask to protect herself from coronavirus amid rains in Delhi. Photograph:(PTI)

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There are no more pressing deadlines, all-around only deaths in the headlines 

By M Raja Chidambaram

There are no more pressing deadlines 
All around only deaths in the headlines 
No phrases like - have homes to go
Subtle joys of home now in the know 

Soaring sales curves not in thought
The flattened spread is what is sought 
The bottom line now welcomed to give 
A symbol not positive but negative

Homing in, we work, eat, play and pray
No dumps, no leaks, no smoke in the fray
These events that emerge illuminate 
Acts of duplicity, we need to eliminate

Marketplace calls products that are same
By different names, yes that is the game
The arena brimming with false effervescence 
Promotions to induce cognitive dissonance

Packing the truth in many layers to beguile  
Making it difficult to be simple, all the while. 
Time to redefine economy as a means for life  
There is a higher purpose for us all to strive

Though now in fetters, goes on the act.
Not difficult to be simple, the now learnt fact.
Needs this planet as the collective soul 
Needs a New Economic Way, a new goal:

No more artificial demand no artificial supply
Is the value is added when you divide to multiply? 
Value addition is real only with additionality 
Worth is not in packaging but in functionality. 

Satisfying the real needs in simplicity
Not satiating more wants in duplicity
May the means of living be meaningful
And the mission of our enterprise be purposeful

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)