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The topic for the Debate being: “Is one’s salary an indication of his self worth”.
The selected speakers were divided into four factions, accordingly…
1. Opening Proposition
2. Closing Proposition
3. Opening Opposition
4. Closing Opposition
The Debate lasted for a good 1 hour and 45 minutes, or so; with the temperatures soaring to new heights after completion of each speaker’s speech!!
Neha Sharma, presided over the Debate, and had a really tough time, coming to the following conclusions:
The Winning Faction:
“Opening Opposition: ‘Aakash Sharma’ & ‘Shikhar Johar‘ ”
The Best Speaker:
The Best speeches:
From Proposition: ‘Badri Narayan’
From Opposition: ‘Shikhar Johar’
Here’s presenting, the two best arguments from each side…
‘Proposition’ - By Badri Narayan
Good evening to one and all present. It has been an eventful day for everyone and at the end we all have gathered here to divulge our love for money. Although shielding the truth for now and exposing you to the reality and practicality of the world we live in, I would like to bring up some quotes by men of importance on self worth.
Because bankers measure their self-worth in money, and pay themselves a lot of it, they think they’re fine fellows and don’t need to explain themselves. James Buchan. Who is this guy James Buchan anyway? Oh! Then I google him out, I find this man to be a renowned novelist from Britain.
Another quote that comes in line goes like this. When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it. This was given by a Mark Victor Hansen, author of chicken soup and a successful businessman.
These men believe that because they had it in them, that today success knocks at their doorstep, thus they feel worthy of themselves to be the best among the better.
There was another important man who was the reason for our Independence. A man of honour we would say. What would he have said about self worth? What would he have said about money? I wonder.
What is this self worth anyway?
Some songbird that flatters you with its symphony, maybe not. It is how do you see yourself on the ladder of life. It is the self realization of the value that you add to your community or society by your actions.
But what society are we talking about anyway? Pretty obvious its the society of today, The society which thinks engineering or medical is the only career, a society which kills for money, serves for money, speaks for money, acts for money. This is a society which considers a man’s bank balance as the only criteria of being worthy of a happy life.
I would like to ask everyone as to who exactly supported Mahatma Gandhi in his hunt for freedom. Who truly wanted freedom? What kind of people they were?
See, you yourselves say the Lower Middle class and Middle Class.
There comes the part of Self Worth.
Today’s India comprises of men and women with the same mean and self centred “upper class men of those times” filling up in mammoth quantities. Today’s society demands being self centred. Once you are self centred your needs and demands increase. Once they hike up, so does your want for money increases and this ultimately fashions to be the measure of your self woth.
What about the men whom I quoted in the beginning. As you may have noticed they had something against to the notion of their salaries depicting their self worth. Well, then why did I quote them? Simply because they have huge salaries thus they cropped up on google right in front of me and they still think that it is their talent that they feel so good about themselves. Absolutely not!.
It still remains the green notes in their pocket.
A. Raja he had lots of money, before the 2G scam he was considered to be one of India’s gifted richest men? But as he confessed in the Board Meeting of his “great accomplishments”. BINGO! He was the laughing stock in town.
Or why did Aishwarya Rai marry Abhishek Bachhan rather than Vivek Oberoi because she knew he could never earn as much as the name “Bachhan” itself will do or why is Selena Gomez dating an idiotic 17 year old gender confused kid, simple, just because he is the richest kid in town.
I would like to end my notion with some quotes from important men
Mark Twain, “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” So in case you want to end all evil and lift up your self worth up, money is the only antibiotic.
Thomas Jeffreson states, “Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.” Now we can clearly understand why the world thinks of our nation to be an uncivilized one and still a developing country.
Last but not the least a quote by Edith Wharton, a US novelist , “The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.”
Opposition – By Shikhar Johar
Respected Chair and my dear friends!
We all have gathered here today to discuss about the topic “Is one’s salary the true estimation of one’s true worth”; I’ll be speaking against the motion.
How can someone’s worth be associated with his/her salary?? According to a research, while in an interview, one’s salary is dependent on many other factors other than the man’s knowledge like the current status of the company, the amount of people it is ready to recruit in at the amount specified by the company, how easily can the person be replaced in future and many more things!!!
So, one’s salary is not really a depiction of the person’s knowledge or to put it in a better way, “one’s worth”.
Moreover many times it is also the decision of the person whether he/she wants to go for more knowledge or more money??
I would like to raise the example of Mr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the great scientist who gave India its first missile. If he wanted to go to a nice B school , he would have easily went there and would have earned way more than what he earned while being in his profession. There can be no discussion about his knowledge, then, does his salary made him of less worth than any other high class working professional of India??? I seriously doubt that.
At last i would like to put the example of another famous personality Steve Jobs. To be frank, I wasn’t such a big fan of Apple till Steve Job’s death. As I came to know about his story, I was shocked and amazed beyond point, as to how can a man change the mindsets and markets all around the world. He was adopted and his real mother made sure that whoever took the custody of the child must be college pass outs. Though this couldn’t fabricate, but the adopting parents made a promise as to send Jobs to a college. When Steve Jobs was in college, he shared that all he saw was that his parents were wasting their lifetime saving money in something he didnt like so he dropped. Now if we take his salary at that point , it would be nearly nothing because who would give any kind of job to a college dropout!!? But we all know, how worthy to the world he became later on! I mean a college dropout at 17, started a firm in a garage at 20, was a millionaire by the age of 25 and the owner of a billionaire firm by the age of 30! His worth was more at every stage if his life.
At last, I would only like to say that one’ s income cannot be related to ones worth as there are many other factors also affecting..