Could Communism Work Today?

There is a remarkable answer to this question by a responder in Quora. I find it quite logical except that the idealists of the communist movement overestimated the human factor. If human beings behaved as they morally ought to, perhaps communism would have worked.

I copy paste the response to make it easier for my readers to get the gist of the response.


Communism works—and has long worked—on the level of family. In a “normal” family, parents give to each other and to their kids according to their capacities and skills, often without expecting anything in return. Kids receive care according to their needs, often not giving anything in return. There’s an implicit promise that they will switch the roles when the parents get old and sick, and the kids become breadwinners. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is a Communist principle.

The system often malfunctions. Negligent parents and thankless kids are the stuff of a zillion tales, stories and soap operas. Amazingly, however, the arrangement reproduces itself generation after generation. It also inspires a powerful dream of extending the arrangement to the entire society. Every attempt to do it has down like a lead balloon—yet the dream resurfaced generation after generation.

Much of the Communist principle is also reproduced in faith-based communities (e.g., monasteries) and altruistic or idealistic organizations. Relief workers and their backers who distribute food and necessities in areas of distress help people out of charity. The recipients are not expected to give something back, apart from the implicit expectation that they in turn will lend a hand to others in need when the occasion arises.

The cartoon below is from a Soviet satirical magazine in the 1970s. The wife says to her husband: “You need to find a second job. Our kid has grown; he’s got a lot of advanced needs”. The reluctance of younger Soviet generations to sacrifice themselves in accordance with to the austere commandments of Communist ideology caused much chagrin to Soviet rulers during the sunset years of the USSR.”

Be Alive!

None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.”

~Keanu Reeves.


I came across this quotation a while ago and just could not resist the temptation to share it with my readers.  It is an amazing message from an amazing personality.

Comfort Zone.

I am in the beautiful place and I don’t want any more growth. If anything, I want some reduction.

I am well past the proverbial three score and ten stage and cannot be motivated by all the famous sayings about getting out of my comfort zone to grow, to find adventure etc. I am now at that stage of my life when all I want to do is to be comfortable and free to do what I like to do rather than what I have to do.

The photograph just above this paragraph shows my best comfort giving zone.  My recliner,  next to my side tables with books, telephone, etc.  Standing besides me is my daughter in love who ensures that I am not deprived of any comforts.  As you can see however, there is certainly room for reduction around my middle and I am working on it.

My next best comfort  zone is another armchair where I read my morning quota of news papers and solve crossword puzzles. That armchair is next to another side table which contains my reference books like dictionaries, thesaurus, atlas, etc, and also my little sound system. I hear music while I indulge in my morning routine.

The next best comfort zone is where I am sitting right now typing away at my computer. The chair is designed for old bandicoots like me and is very comfortable. The table, the height of the screen before me etc, are all adjusted to give me maximum comfort.

The next best comfort zone is my garden chair where I spend about an hour every morning having my mugs of tea and watching the passing parades.

To top all these comfort zones is my bed where I spend the maximum time sleeping. It is the most comfortable because I sleep in solitary splendour on a double bed and can therefore throw my hands around or snore or do whatever it is that sleeping men do without anyone complaining about it. I occasionally get our resident security expert Chutki coming to check if I am safe and sleeping soundly and that is a great source of comfort too.

Why would I want to leave my comfort zone/s?

I hope that you enjoyed reading my take on this Friday’s 2 on 1 topic where my friend Shackman and I write on the same topic. Today’s topic was suggested by me. Please check what Shackman has to say here.

Success Cycle.

At the age of 1 years …* *Success is.*
That you can walk without support

*At the age of 4 years …* *Success is.*
That you do not urinate in your pants,

*At the age of 8 years …* *Success is..*
To know the way back home.

*At the age of 12 years,* *success is..*
To have friends.

*At the age of 18 years,* *success is.*
To get a driver’s license.

*At the age of 23 years,* *success is.*
To graduate from a university.

*At the age of 25 years,* *success is.*
To get an earning.

*At the age of 30 years,* *success is.*
To be a family Man.

*At the age of 35 years,* *success is.*
To make money.

*At the age of 45 years,* *success is.*
To maintain the appearance of a young man.

*At the age of 50 years,* *success is.*
To provide good education for your children.

*At the age of 55 years,* *success is.*
To still be able to perform your duties well.

*At the age of 60 years,* *success.*
To still be able to keep driving license.

*At the age of 65 years,* *success is.*
To live without disease.

*At the age of 70 years,* *success is.*
To not be a burden on any one.

*At the age of 75 years,* *success is.*
To have old friends.

*At the age of 81 years,* *success is.*
To know the way back home.

*At the age of 86 years,* *success is.*
That not to urinate in your pants again.

At the age of 90 years …* *Success is.*
That you can walk without support again

One of the best messages I have ever read.

Life is a cycle.

I am indebted to Padmum and Shackman for the inspiration for this post.  For those interested, I am at the stage where success is to have old friends.

I Am A Softy.

We call this Softy Ice-cream here. No, I don’t mean that I am that.

When it comes to children, I become all soft and gooey gooey.

This is a photograph of my grand nephew Finlay escorting his little sister Josephine to a wedding. It is a bit dated but, shows the Scottish background. They are both a bit older now and Jo has just started to go to play school.  They live in Edinburgh.  They are the youngest of a lot of Rajgopauls.

The past few days, my nephew Simon who tries to get the kids to have breakfast and leave for school on time, calls me up on a video call so that these two rascals can talk to me and ask me questions like what is my favourite breakfast, colour, animal etc.

It takes just a few minutes but, the few minutes for me is heaven. I wish that some way could be invented to hug them from all this distance. .

This morning, I had a bonus. Their grandfather, my brother Barath was visiting and was a delicious surprise addition to the call.

It has been over six hours since the call.  I am still feeling like a softy.

Mosquito Killer.

One of the jokes that my Guru was very fond of sharing during his talks was how nature has a sense of humour. He would then add that man would throw nets to catch big animals, fish and birds but, would  hide inside nets to save himself from the tiniest of creatures, the humble mosquito.

My war against mosquitoes continues and I got this machine from Amazon India earlier today. This will be installed in the living room where I sit and read or solve crossword puzzles. I can’t do either under a mosquito net and so have decided to experiment with this gadget.

This is what Amazon India has to say about this mosquito killing machine.

Charger: Not Applicable, State: Solid, Applicable Area: 50-100 square meters, Feature: Eco-Friendly,Stocked, Pest Control Type: Traps, Power Source: Sun Battery, Design: Regular, Fragrance: Scentless
In the box: 1xpcs Mushroom Shaped Mosquito killer Lamp , ( AV LIABLE COLOR WILL BE SENT )
Dehydrate them and kills them, Put at meter height from ground for best results
6 LED lights lures in mosquito up to 300m radius 360 wide-opening trap for maximized effectiveness.6 LED lights lures in mosquito up to 300m radius 360 wide-opening trap for maximized effectiveness.
The Motor Is Efficient , Saving And Quiet : No Noise And Unpleasant Odor When It Works , To Make You Feel At Ease And Sleep.

I look forward to more relaxed reading time with this around.