If an Angel comes to you and says “The whole of the Himalayas will be turned into gold and given to you on condition that both your eyes will be taken away”. Will you accept the offer? One person said “what is the use of mountain of gold if we don’t have eyes to behold it”. Responding to the argument it is said “It means our eyes are more precious than mountain of gold”.
Every individual is blessed with precious bounties in nature which are given by God; but seldom would you find a person who acknowledges this fact and offers gratitude to the divine from the deepest recesses of his heart. This is because we tend to take divine blessing for granted. It is the culture of ingratitude that has ruined people’s sense of morality. If you are ungrateful to God, you are ungrateful to man as well. Gratefulness is directly related to moral values. People have failed to thank God for countless bounties he has bestowed on them. Consequently, they have failed to express gratitude towards man and this has resulted in erosion of spiritual and moral values in society.
When we receive a benefit from someone, we say “thank you”. But in terms of spirit we see no result. It is a tragic situation that the thank you culture exists in form, whereas the spirit of thank you culture does not exist in the real sense. The reason is that the present thank you culture is nothing more than lip service or mere social courtesy. We must acknowledge thanks for the technologies that were available to facilitate the growth of positive thinking.
Positive thinking results in all kinds of positive human values like love, patience, honesty and compassion for all. We need to develop our thinking in such a manner that we recognise divine bounties and the contribution of human kind in creating a civilisation that is beneficial to all. It is this culture of thanks giving that can save our society from falling prey to immorality.
A vile act like murder committed in rage would be justifiable to find retribution with another murder sanctioned by law as a punitive measure. More than retaliation what is required is to create an environment of understanding to create a bridge for those in darkness so that they can be helped out of their self created hell, which demands a highly persevering wise and matured approach.
When the rudimentary principles of ethics and morality are complemented with compassion and knowledge then the person will never betray his own conscience. But if conscience is absent, then the person has no humanity in him. What is humanity and what makes one humane, all this needs to be taught and learnt in a conducive environment. Only then it is possible to respond and not react and for this a person needs to cultivate introspection, heightened awareness so as to rise above the shortcomings of mind, eradicate weaknesses and work on expanding consciousness.
The complexities of life cannot be addressed with one line resolutions. If we wish to make a better society the let us first become better parents, better teachers and better human beings. Then we share, spread and disseminate this knowledge by example so that other too get a chance to evolve to live compassionately and cordially. If you hate yourself, you can give hatred to other whereas if you love yourself and see your own true self reflected in all, then there is no way you could cause hurt to another.
We as society need to understand that there are going to be all kinds of people with different mindset, inclinations and dispositions and it would be a utopian idea to believe that everybody will become enlightened one day miraculously. Yet a harmonious environment of love, friendship and respect has to be created and every individual needs to endeavour towards making it possible. If we all set an example of an evolved and responsible behaviour, inspire those around us by instilling peace and love and mutual respect, it would certainly make a difference.
Compassion is not an attribute of any one religion. It is a universal principle for happiness and peace. In a world torn by conflict and strife where violence and not love dictates people’s action, what every person at every age needs to learn is the art of nurturing compassion within. Whoever you may be, you need compassion. Compassion should no more lie in the ideologies of Philosophers or in the lucrative rewards of theologians (in after life). The voice of compassion needs to be heard in every household, educational institution, office, mall and theatre besides other places and circumstances.
Compassion begins with empathy. Empathy is the ability to feel for another. Those who are sensitive to the motions of life, to the experience of pain and pleasure are capable of empathy. Those who have paid attention to their emotional upsurges, the unintelligent ways of anger, hurt or hate, the irrationality of fear, feel empathy for another who is going through a similar emotion. Empathy and compassion thus born would naturally blossom into acts of kindness to reach out to others.
Well being of the other is the highest priority for a compassionate person. Hence his/her actions would reflect tremendous intelligence, fortitude and discretion. Compassion is not the armour of the weak. It is a weapon of the strong. To believe that anger and violence can solve our problem is a mistaken belief. Problems at micro as well as macro level arise because of lack of understanding and love between people. Situation based problems need better strategy and skill to solve them but emotion based problems need people who are involved, in moving out of those negative emotions that are causing them.
That is why any constructive change can never be effected through anger and violence. Compassion is the answer. Let us nurture the noble virtue of compassion with dedication. Let us see the faces of people who walk into our world with smiles, tears, affection and wrath. Let us mediate on their feelings to let compassion blossom.