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Why I Stopped Bursting Crackers?

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Thinker13
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Posted 10/26/11 - 5:05 AM:
Subject: Why I Stopped Bursting Crackers?
Kids enjoy bursting crackers. These crackers create a lot of noise pollution. I have many detestable memories of getting smothered by the polluted air on Diwali nights. I do not like loud bursting crackers either. These crackers do create magical evanescent light work in skies but we have to pay off heavily and I do not think that trade-off is even on Diwali evening. I have enjoyed fireworks and bursting crackers in my child hood. I used to eagerly wait for Diwali nights and we used to burst crackers for many days even after Diwali because we used to buy crackers in excess. This continued for many years until I got my intellectual awakening on one fine sunny Sunday. At that time I was in seventh grade in school. I was sipping tea and enjoying the Sunday newspaper and there was a column on Diwali. Among other things the column had mentioned that we Indians spend more than 10-12 billion (10-12 Arab) rupees just on bursting crackers! [Remember it was more than a decade ago, which means now expenditure on crackers in India is many times than that] “Whopping” I exclaimed to myself! I used to think until then that the meagre sum of a few hundred rupees spent by me was not doing any big damage but these figures were an eye-opener for me. Thereafter, I stopped bursting crackers and I have not burst even a single cracker since then.

I have no authority on guiding people about how to spend money, but I think that bursting crackers is a pure waste of money and much more. It makes air polluted and almost everyone gets affected. This pollution of air affects most adversely those who are already suffering from breathing ailments like bronchitis and asthma. Similarly, the noise pollution adversely affects all of us, whether we are aware or not is a different matter. Very old people or very young kids are more vulnerable. They do feel bad by these sounds. These cacophonies considered as ‘celebrations’ do more bad than good.

Someone might argue in favour of bursting crackers by suggesting that there is a whole industry getting employed in the production of crackers. I do not have much to say against them but just want to insinuate towards the weapon industries. Weapons, nuclear and other types, engage millions across the globe and give employment to many but that does not justify their necessity. Weapons represent dysfunctional thinking of mankind. The brutal face of ‘will to power’ is directly represented by weapons.
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Posted 10/28/11 - 1:51 PM:

a very interesting perspective and something i would never have given thought to (and possibly never even heard of) had you not mentioned it. definitely a sound argument against it IMO.
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Posted 10/28/11 - 2:00 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
a very interesting perspective and something i would never have given thought to (and possibly never even heard of) had you not mentioned it. definitely a sound argument against it IMO.



Could it possibly be so because you have never ever witnessed:

1. Such vehement bursting of crackers and smoke all around which suffocates and maddening clamor accompanying it --all in the name of celebrations!

or

2. Dire poverty around you: Some people cannot earn a meager sum of rupees 30/- everyday to get their daily bread and butter, whereas, the entire country spends more than 5000000000 rupees annually in the name of celebrations!


Or none of the above. I am not superimposing these ideas on you but just guessing that one of these might have been the reason why it has not been the case with you or your friends. smiling face
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