Punishment


Plan B is, certainly, punishment.

If you haven't read the earlier part, click here.

This is exactly the opposite of what we talked about in the previous part but it is a very reliable option. The key here is that the 'punishment' should not be used as a cure but as a preventive measure.


Throughout history, there are examples of slave labour, such as the Taj Mahal, or The Pyramids (minus the conspiracy theories). The results are obviously successful. But that doesn't entirely justifies the ill-treatment of workers.

A rather solid proof is that of various scientific experiments conducted, that prove that the 'punishment method' is as good as that of 'rewards', while some suggest that it is slightly better.

These results might be able to justify the practice of punishing students in class (which is still practiced in some parts around the world). And, while that may violate some rights, it cannot be denied that these students are not as good enough as their more appreciated counterparts.

Let's just say that 'fear is a strong motivator'.

But if both ideologies have the same effect, then what is the need to practice this plan B. As you may recollect from the previous part, there are some shortcomings. After all, the supporters of brawn (over brains) are in a slight majority. Also, we all go through the dreaded peer pressure.

Hence, an occasional rough treatment will be a lot more beneficial than the trauma that comes with it. And when it comes from your parents and teachers, you must know it is for a good cause.

In conclusion, while it is good to show affection and appreciation towards fellow 'humans', it is necessary that boundaries must be set. Especially at a young age, the guidance has to follow love with a mix of strictness.

Effectively, it is not about reward vs punishment, but rewards with punishment.

And, as Suzanne Collins writes in her bestseller (The Hunger Games), 'hope is the only thing stronger than fear.'