One major difference between man and other animals is that man has an idea of his past, present and future. This gives him the possibility to introspect, correct and move on with hope to the future. This also makes his life an improvement from the lives of his previous generations in most aspects. ( Of course, the idea of improvement may be debatable!) Perhaps there is no better time to mix this introspection and hope like a new year. After all who won’t like the idea of a fresh beginning? Another chance to begin all over again and another shot at life. That is why perhaps a lot of people opt for new year resolutions which for many people appear more tempting to break than adhere to. In this season of resolutions and wish lists here are my thoughts for the new year. For so many people, life is absurd and bereft of any meaning. But still, none of them takes a gun and shoots themselves. And that’s enough reason to raise a toast for 2019.
It all begins with the individual
world doesn’tneed more noise .Don’t complain. Set an example .(Zat Rana).
It is easy to rue the system and wait for revolutions and redeemers. It is also easy to become a firebrand activist in social media. We have no shortage of opinions and no dearth of collective fault-finding. But now the question is where shall we begin the revolution? As we step into a new year, the question in everyone ’s mind is who will take the lead in delivering a better world for us and our children? The answer is we, each one of us. This is easier said than done. Ultimately it all boils down to the individual action. In our families, in our workplaces, in our surroundings do we act as agents of change? Is there a gulf between what I do and what I desire? This is a time to introspect about our individual acts of initiative, courage and compassion. A collection of responsible citizens make a responsible nation. A collection of compassionate individuals make a compassionate country. Take the simple example of pollution. This is a menace which is going to affect us the most in the coming years. What am I doing? Am I responsible for my behaviour? Or take the case of utilisation of resources such as water, electricity or various natural resources. Do I use it recklessly? Do I waste food? This is something we can extend to almost every activity. How do I drive my vehicle? Do I bribe and prefer to jump the queue and get
Attention is everything
Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.( Susan Sontag)
Except small children almost every human being realises much early in life that, human life is limited. We are mortals.
Know your neighbour
Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?(Haruki Murakami)
One of the ironies of this age is the way we are connected and disconnected at the same time. Technology has brought mankind together unlike all previous ages. Everyone is a click away. But at the same time, people are also experiencing loneliness in their own way. Are we missing our neighbours in the whole connectivity game? When I say neighbour, it means a wide range of people. How connected are we to our family, our spouses, our colleagues, people living next door, travelling in the next seat and so on and on. Technology has made it possible for us to connect with people thousands of miles away. But it has also made many people lead a life far away from their neighbourhood. Another area of concern is the way we create artificial divisions among ourselves. Often we find it difficult to understand someone holding a different opinion. Many countries are becoming exclusive and many are finding it difficult to embrace a different language or a religion or a culture. Perhaps this year can be one to reach out to others. A time to know people more.
Darkness of the womb
The future is dark, with
a darknessas much of the womb as the grave. (Rebecca Solnit)
The most important four-letter word on 1st January 2019 is HOPE. It is this four-letter word which sustains life against all odds. In the midst of all gloom and despair man hopes that the new year will be better than the previous ones. As Solnit says let people bet on the darkness of the womb.