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Sunday, September 21, 2014

S is for ‘Straight Arrow’ in the bowed world

Chanakya, an Indian Scholar was not mistaken to remark:
‘Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first”. Being honest and morally upright is a kind of human attributes liked by many, pursued by a few and practiced by even littler.
Today, that once predominant quote “Honesty is the best policy” remain in ruins and has no scope to win a place in the heart of 21st century humans. This is so fearful that one day, another generation will either hear nothing about it or read honesty as the worst policy.
                                         Truth or Cheat?                        (Picture courtesy: Click LINK)
This same Earth which is approximately 4.5 billion years old has undergone a series of mutation leading to a serious miscarriage of human values. It is intoxicated with a false belief that has consequently spearheaded the corrosion of human ethics and principles at a lightning speed. Being honest and speaking truth is scary and petrifying at this moment of time because the truth is always attacked. This is not surprising because the truths are not always a sweet melody. Truth may not be always a soft ear-bud that we want to entertain through the tunnel of our auditory canal.
Thus, it is so miserable to think about this contamination in this so-called revolutionizing world. Human mind is now polluted beyond compare and no remedy can rescue it. The acceptance of wrong and abusive morals and values are mushrooming in our society. The adolescents are exposed to the ailment of such disasters further beefing up the unceasing cloning drama. After few years of time, I believe, that the world will see being straight and truthful is a human accepted crime because the world is already bowed by the cheat and crooks.

“I am sorry if you don’t like my honesty. But to be fair, I don’t like your lies” –Anonymous 

Monday, September 15, 2014

R is for ‘Rome wasn't built in a day’

The Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle, who nicknamed Economics as ‘The Dismal Science’ was noted to have declared:
"A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men"
Well said. So phenomenal. And categorically befitting in our life situations!
Sometimes, we often sail or see people sailing on the boat of narcissism and conceit of being great but do we ever consider what constitutes the equation of greatness? 
Well, to me, I discovered that without the wick of generosity and kindness, it is impossible to light the flame of a greatness. Such greatness when it is no more pleasurable and authentic becomes nude and stupid. And that nude greatness without any trace of compassion and altruism can be equated to a castrated novelty. Castrated, because it is impotent and unable to breed goodness either to oneself or to others.
So, the spirit of generosity and civility are necessary for one to be great and visible because the duo are feathers in the wing of a greatness. The weight of one’s greatness is measured not by how much we know or have, but by what degree and range we stretch the wings of sympathy in assisting others to fly at a same acceleration.
Technically, it sounds to be taxing but with time, nothing is impossible though it would be challenging.
That’s the fact where John Heywood, an English playwright has carved the truth in words when he said: Rome wasn't built in a day’.
In the simplest language, he means to say that everything takes time to bloom.   
Lincoln for instance, became the 16th President of America only after he survived a series of misfortunes. Thomas Edison became a famous innovator and inventor after failing for infinite times. Despite his repeated failures and complain from his assistant in wasting time and energy, he is fondly remembered for his hilarious yet witty remark: “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
There is magic in the tongue of these lines from a genius. The meat in these lines have beefed up my self-esteem and nurtured with a healing relief for almost a year now, after I was paralyzed by a venomous criticism of an anonymous person.
A man had lethally commented on the grammatical errors that I have made on my first post posted in Blogyul-Blogging Bhutan sometime in 2013. That infant piece of my writing was nailed with a nauseating dictum: “Don’t act over smart!” and had no further explanations.
Be able to give reasons when you are capable of pointing faults         (Courtesy: click LINK
I was numb with this line because the man who made a criticism on my article seriously lacked greatness in himself. To an educator like me, mistakes are beautiful because it treat us with a lesson to find alternatives when something doesn’t work in that way. Besides, we are humans bound to make mistakes but repeating the same mistake isn’t always palatable. I would have chewed his remark had he made me pregnant with the reasons for his stand. I would have even appreciated his greatness in removing errors from me if a diagnosis of my failure was disclosed.
But nothing prevailed. It just contaminated the sanctity of my virginity in posting articles in this forum anymore. I welcome cruel criticisms stuffed with a kind intentions though.
“So long as criticism is painful to the giver they have the right to criticise” says Shiv Khera but “the moment the criticism is pleasure to the giver they have no right to criticize”
Carnegie (1985) further writes that
“Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment” (P.5).
Here are some examples in his book that is worth sharing. In order to escape from diluting his words, I am selling the original idea in the way it is manufactured in his book:
Bitter criticism caused the sensitive Thomas Hardy, one of the finest novelists ever to enrich English literature, to give up forever the writing of fiction. Criticism drove Thomas Chatterton, the English poet, to suicide (Carnegie, 1985).
I am neither Hardy nor Chatterton in this case. But next time, when you criticize, equip your stand with the gun of reasons. Otherwise, I would still chew the lines of Carnegie when he said:
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do.
If you have the heart to help others, be reasonable in your stand. That reasons of your stand is how the greatness in your knowledge, profile or wealth will be measured.
Feel positive and when you see faults in other ask yourself: “Was the greatness in me born or made”. Nothing is born.
Let greatness take root in others. It is only the time that can define its own quality. I therefore, regurgitate: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
But remember, even if the greatness is not of your quality, that greatness in others can have its own dimension and circumference. All it matters is the size, not the name.      

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”- Albert Einstein

Friday, September 12, 2014

Q is for Quitting a Life

It is quite unfortunate to hear about the recent suicidal case that robed the life of two teens in Bumthang. The incident is not only tragedy and catastrophic to the ear of their families and the relatives, but is equally a matter of poignant for rest of us. I share the pain that the adolescents have left to their family and the relatives in epic proportions. Hope their souls Rest in Peace.
As an ordinary human being, the only thing at my disposal is to offer my deepest prayers that they be reborn in the peaceful Buddhist country like Bhutan.
May the Kenchogsum bless them. 
Lets pray together.         (Source: Click LINK)

“You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be” – Chuck Palahniuk 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

P is for "Pell-Mell"

I really want to weep because of this strain
But not by sitting on the dirty drain
Or by hiding somewhere behind the train
Nor I will cry in the rain
Because my tears will be in vain
And onlookers will feel no pain;
Though I don't want them to gain
The pain that flows through the vein
After feeding on the entire brain,
The organ which we consider the main;
Now, I feel I am already slain
Although I am resting on a window pane
With my right hand still holding a pen
And the left with a notebook which is plain.
The only solution is to pull the mane (Photo courtesy: Click LINK)
I ain't sure how to free from this chain
But I know, I am forced to remain
And to others, I try to maintain
That I am not turning insane
Though such agony is difficult to restrain
Even after being a matured man;
Sometimes, I wish I can complain
About the toxin that it contain
And the severity of this sprain
But I can, only if I abuse cocaine
Which I think is just inane
And something that I always disdain
So, the only solution I retain
Is to weep by pulling my mane.
“It’s not the load that BREAKS you down, it’s the way you carry it” – LOUHOLTZ

Saturday, September 6, 2014

O is for ‘On the ropes’

I am on a voyage of a thorny life 
Where depression and melancholy is rife;
And the bleed due to this mental strife 
Beheads my hope with a razor knife

Those distant dreams that I once saw near
Appears afar, which might chew another more year; 
My courage started to cave in, with a swelling fear
Even after working with the right gear  

When the tentacles of feeling irresolute ensnare, visible becomes the invisible    
Those dreams that I once saw grow well
Appears to droop, rather than to swell
My faith started to sink into this deep well
All at once, so now I am crippled to quell

Those dreams that I once saw grow tall
Appears to dissolve, each day turning small
My confidence started to drop, almost closer to null
And now I know, I am going to fall

“Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein


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