February 21, 2011

They can, why we can't?

Thinking about CSR these days reminds me of a time with my family!

It was a late afternoon when I was a lot younger than now, we all were preparing dinner, my mom was in the kitchen and I had such a conversation with my dad... I still remember that it was raining quite heavily with strong and cold wind outside. We heard a bell tolling from bin-men awaring people of putting rubbish out so they could collect it right away. As we didn't have big bins with caps on for resident houses like in here so we had to leave it out when they came or just before that.

In such a wet and cold weather outside, when it was dry, warm inside and we were about to have hot food, my first thought when hearing the bell was: lucky me, I had put our rubbish outside before it rained, otherwise, I had to run out in the rain with rubbish bags and bins on both hands, I would have definitely got wet all over. I told my dad not to worry as I had put it out ... My dad also looked out toward the bell ring and raised his eye-browns, he said, poor for those bin-men, at the time when others had finished work and gone home with their family, having dinner, they were still working in the rain an cold and probably till late ... He told me to appreciate those people...

At that time, I was stunned, for a while, what was in the mind of a more than 10-year-old girl and those from an experienced man was totally different.  It has been years and years but I still think about it sometimes. 

Studying about CSR, relating it with other current social problems, I think about those poor and hard-working people in my country. It could have been a lot easier for them to do bad jobs, they might have been theives or burglars or smugglers ... with easier money (I think :P) but at least, they could have earned enough to not work in cold and rain but they chose hard and low-paid jobs with probably low respect from others and keeping their integrity.

Those people usually did not have enough education, could be just enough to read and write. They also had families to support, had their children going to school ... such a burden on their shoulders but they did their jobs well everyday, without complaints. Moreover, obviously, they collected bins by their own hands, sometimes, when it rained, little roads were muddy, they had to push wheel-kits around each neighbourhood to do their jobs ...

In their fight for a living, for their food, for their children's education... the basic necessities, they still choose to do ethical jobs, not harming others for their own goods. We, those have more education and, at least, are lucky enough to have more choices over our jobs, would we feel ashamed if we don't?

They can, why we can't?

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