Cultural element from Indian/Maldivian culture that is stopping our progress.

The old motto is ‘If it aint broke don’t fix/replace it.’

My house has a roof. The roof is partly rusty. That’s fine, though rusty, still it does it’s job. Should I change the roof?
Why should I? It is still fine yet. Maybe there are two three holes that will leak water into the room. I’m pretty sure the roof will last another 6 months before it worn out completely. No, I’m sure it can last even more than that. So no need to change it.

The roof remains as it is, with holes, no improvement. No upgrade happened.

Raai is wearing a belt. He has been wearing it for more than 2 years. Part of the belt is broken but still he can use it. He wear it whenever he wears a jeans that is too loose. He is sure that he can wear it for another year or two if he is careful. So should he buy a new one?

Ah let it be. He can still use it. Save the cash. Once it gets worn out a bit more, then buy a new one.

The belt remained partly damaged partly working, no upgrade on the belt happened.

Kumar is using a phone he bought 4 years ago. Since then phones have improved 10 times. Display, sound, network quality, camera quality and etc have improved. But Kumar says there is nothing wrong with his phone. All he does is making calls. His phone does that. So why bother buying a new phone? His point of view, buying a new phone is a waste of money. He don’t want to waste money.

His phone, after 4 years remained same. No upgrade, no progress happened.

This thinking partly comes from Maldivian and Indian culture. The other part comes from low income. In the name of saving money, in the name of not wasting money, we sacrifice progress.

No my sunglasses are working fine. No need a new sunglasses. My apple watch series 2 is working fine. No need to buy series 7. My T shirt is fine just color seems faded, no need to buy a new one. My bathroom tap is working though part of the handle is broken. No need to buy a new shiny metal one. My slippers is totally fine, though it has worn out so bad my foot print is visible in it. I can still wear it for a week more. (It is to save money: The mighty noble cause) My motor bike makes weird noises though I can still drive it from home to coffee shop. So why bother replacing the engine part or repair it?

Saving money. Stop wasting money. That’s the reason.

Our culture use these two justifications whenever we have something that is nearly worn out or need immediate improvement.

Trying to improve something that is partly working is a major cultural criminal offense. You have to wait until it completely stops working.

Many Indian and Maldivian people I spoke gets heavily offended when I challenge this world view.

All I know is this view, this world view is keeping them from taking steps forward, moving ahead, and making progress.

Original – 21-03-2022