Here everything loses its meaning.

It is not understandable whether their relationship with starvation and suffering is justified or unjustified and whether it is momentary or enduring. Unfortunately, the so-called custodians, instead of taking care of their hardships, seem to be supporting those hell-bent on burying them alive. In their bid to obtain absolute power, they have become oblivious to the mojo, which keeps a country surviving and thriving, and that is to deliver to the majority a fair life; a role in its affairs.

Nevertheless, despite this, if the situation turns vice versa, the existence of the state would be impossible practically. Once a disciple of Confucius asked him what a country needs for its survival and progress. Confucius listed three fundamentals in the context: strong army; self-sufficiency in food commodities; and people's unity and prosperity.

The inquisitive disciple continued: 'If the mentioned conditions are not obtained simultaneously, then?' Confucius added: 'No matter if the country has a weak army; the people, who are its defenders, would save it from the invasion of enemies.' When the relentless disciple had not had enough of his endless curiosity and asked the great thinker to name one of the remaining two for the keeping of a country, he had to respond: 'If there arises scarcity of foodstuffs, due to famine, or other reasons, the people would overcome it somehow; but a country would certainly be ruined if its people are living a life without unity and prosperity.' This means, as per Confucius, the state ought to be founded on the principle of people's welfare and representation.

Subscribing to the immortal words, Roman philosopher Thomas Aquinas centuries later underscored 'the vision and consequent basis of state for attending to the instinctive urge of being looked after by a decisive force against the potential challenges'. Thus, the definitive state, on the back of centuries-long fantasies of inventive minds, became a reality in the West which, by all means, was a revolutionary jump from the divisive feudalism to the quasi-democratic system, taking people from the age of confusion and darkness to the advent of enlightenment. Following the paradigm evolution of life in the West, people's understanding of life broadened; and they wholeheartedly reposed confidence only in their elected representatives who would eventually give credence to the state by establishing organs for people, soliciting its support against the usurpers and...

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