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“Set theory” in politics and society

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Urban Indian Professional


Are you a sum of the whole?

We are different; you and I. Yet, we are similar if not same. We have many identities as individuals and we play many roles. These identities and roles are situational. Let’s examine.

I am a father, a husband and a son. These are all labels or roles that I play. I live in Delhi, am a proud Indian and am a professional with background largely in marketing.

Let us, for the sake of simplicity, describe me with the help of 3 labels. Urban, Indian and Professional. As anyone with even a nodding acquaintance with “set theory” knows, each of these labels are actually sets of people. So, I fall in the “intersection” of the three sets. So would say the conventional theorists.

I would argue that this is the thinking that is the bane of our society. With every additional label, we “belong” to smaller and smaller groups by virtue of identifying with smaller subsets and allow ourselves behaviour that is “allowed” by every group. But, if you think that with the addition of every new label, your horizon expands and you are able to experience new things, appreciate different points of view and learn more things then you will add more colour to your life and broaden your outlook. Your life will be richer for the experience. So, think of “union” of sets rather than “intersection”. That is perhaps the “rainbow coalition” that at least in theory the South Africans strive to build in their country. This is the true meaning of  “Vasudha eva kutumbakam”: I am related to the larger world.


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3 thoughts on ““Set theory” in politics and society

  1. Pingback: Marketing to the electorate « An East Delhi Citizen’s Blog

  2. anindyac on said:

    @ Adonis49; thank you.
    My personal philosophy is still a work in progress. As I said in my piece, new experiences continue to shape my perspective. My theory is that (based on my own life-experiences) one should grow more tolerant, adaptable and open to more life-experiences as one grows older. What do you think?
    However, the absolute core has remained largely unchanged for the past many years now. Please continue to visit!

  3. adonis49 on said:

    excellent mathematical analogy:we need to select the model that expands our horizon and belonging. Question: Have your individual reflection led you to a set of values and a personal philosophy that represent “truth” to you?

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