Moral dilemma part 1

The question of need versus necessity can be mind boggling at times.  Past luxuries like the mobile phone have become needs in the contemporary world. A basic need being  something that you require for survival and a necessity being  probably something essential to make your life more comfortable but you can do without. However the line distinguishing the two is now blurred and our wants have moved up the necessity ladder to a point of being perceived as basic needs. This has brought a lot of insecurities and inadequacies and consumerism is partly to blame. Most commercials make you believe you can only remain relevant in today’s society by keeping up with the trends. Your persona has to make a statement and your possessions do most of the talking. However in a developing society this has brought about moral dilemmas. Piracy is on the increase in developing countries regardless of limited internet coverage. We have a scenario where people want to remain relevant to the global community but  they do not have the means so they look for alternatives. They turn to cheaper options some of  which are illegal. Cinemas for instance charge $2 to $5 for a movie and to someone surviving on less than that amount per day it is a luxury they cannot afford so they resort to cheaper options which is buying pirated copies of the movie for $0.50. The strong desire to watch the movie is upgraded to being a need which quietens the moral consciousness of the act being illegal. People do not see the necessity to buy books or music when you can download them for free. I am a student and to be honest i have convinced myself that the  only way to “survive” is through piracy. I always use my lack of income to justify my actions but the golden question is even if I could now afford to buy original Compact Disks will I have the discipline to do the right thing when I am getting away with piracy.  Many initiatives are being put in place by various companies like amazon, apple iTunes to allow availability of digital products at more affordable prices than buying from a shop. The problem is availability of such services in a country where the ordinary person has no credit or sometimes debit card and are not familiar with online transactions. In our acts of selfishness we do not realise how we rip of artists who invest a lot in making these wonderful products for our enjoyment. We have turned their services to involuntary community service. We are therefore harvesting from fields we do not even raise a finger to cultivate without paying the price. Simply put we are stealing. We are walking into shops and taking things off the shelf anImaged using them without paying. Even though no legal action is being taken, are our actions justified…?

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