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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Dark Truth

Of late I was engulfed with a strong feeling of speculation over certain phrases that are so lavishly overrated but in reality is wasted into the drains of human ignorance. This is certainly my own perception and therefore felt there’s no sense of immorality or error in the analysis of the following statements.
1. Winning is not important but the participation is
During my 13 years of schooling, I have noticed many of teachers recite this phrase after every event with a good intention though, to console the losers. This phrase was so infectious that even I had been contaminated to spread the same. But today, realizing the fact that this statement was manufactured only to be sold prior to this 21st century, I lament over using it. Seriously. It has already met the expiry date and should be erased from the shelf of our mind (at least for me).
No matter what quantity of energy and determination we invest, unless we win that event, none cares. Winning is therefore, the ultimate lifeline to mark the footprint of our presence particularly in this 21st century. Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand mountaineer who climbed the Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal for the first time in the world record is remembered for saying, No one remembers who climbed Mount Everest the second time”. The same cake of statement is baked by Walter Hagen when he said: “No one remembers who came in second”. Incredibly said.
Other than that person who came second or someone who stood third does always remember but certainly not the mass, not even the history sometimes. People never care to remember losers and they don’t want to lose. Watch world class sports and we certainly realize how a single point can cost the life of that once leading coach. Even if he had won a whopping 99 matches, 1 lost is enough to delete his track record and weed out from the team.      
2. Honesty is the best policy
An honest truth is commonly described as a nice cake of human values but rarely does we love to taste it. Instead, every one of us adore to get painted by the magical brush of a sweet lie than the stroke of a bitter truth. In recent times, it has become like a pill that can’t be swallowed easily and for those who can, often have to overcome the hiccups of refusal.
Although it depends on what form of truth is spoken, at what situation, with what purpose and to whom but in many cases, the result is simply earth-shattering. Sometimes to be honest, we are forced to be dishonest. Suppose, a good friend of mine who is a smoking addict asks me to point his bad habit, I cannot instantly relate to his smoking habit. May be I have to design some sweet lies about his hair style or the smell of perfume or for that matter his sleeping pattern. A boss who hates listening other than the music of praise never appreciate honest lies. A reporter who reports the truth of that government today will end up as a figure behind the bars tomorrow. Nobody likes truth and its stand of being the best policy is sometimes costly.  
 3. Money is not everything    
I heard people say, money can buy bed not sleep, buy clock not time or buy sex but not love. But in this materialistic world, money can buy everything. Money is simply everything.
People work for money, suicide for money or kill for money. They fabricate the fake to truth for money, kidnap for money, marry for money and love for money.
Movies for entertainment is money. The education from renowned university is money. The status of celebrities based on the box office collection is money. The updates in the social network is money. Finding a toilet is money. Travel is money. Music is money. Seeing the same human, so-called super stars is money. 
Though money is not everything, people have already created an artificial world to measure in this way.   
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars”- Martin Luther King Jr. 

25 comments:

  1. Rightly said Damcho sir. Money can buy anything we desires and wants.

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  2. I love that quote by Martin Luther King Jr... he was an amazing man with a wonderful legacy...

    I believe in honesty and the truth, sometimes it is hard to hear but it is necessary :)

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    1. I agree. His words are simply amazing and powerful.

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  3. I love Martin Luther King Jr's quote. I don't have a lot of money but I know some people who do and they have told me that money doesn't make you happy. I agree with this philosophy, I believe that happiness has to come from within and doesn't depend on things. If we are happy with little then we are rich. This is my view, anyway. Great post, Dumcho, thanks so much for your insight and thoughts.

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    1. Yes Linda. I heard the same stories but the world is turning otherwise. These are simply my thoughts though.

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    2. You are right, Dumcho, the world is turning otherwise, and it is sad, and I think this is one of the reasons why there is so much misery.

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    1. Thanks Tashi. You can also keep writing. I do visit your page.

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  5. I love the quote. There is such wisdom in there.
    Money can buy you all you want...but it can never buy you happiness. I have met people with a lot of the stuff who are really unhappy...and others with very little who are blissfully happy.
    Personally, I would much rather belong to the latter group!

    A really great post, Dumcho. Many thanks :)

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    1. I also feel the same Ygraine. But I am just scared that the world is changing at a lightning speed.

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  6. These are powerful life lessons, Dumcho. We've all been through a certain darkness in our lives, so yes it is important to remember these especially the second quote. :)

    Allow me to share a fave quote from Harry Potter: Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light

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    1. Heard that quote for the first time. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. Have a nice stay at Tingtibi.

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  8. I love the phrase by Martin Luther King. It can be viewed in many ways.

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    1. I agree. I liked his words and therefore picked it.

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  9. My husband and I despise the 'Winning isn't everything' attitude. If there is no sting from losing, why motivation is there to improve and try harder?
    And I agree with you. In this world, money seems to be able to buy everything. Thank you for visiting my blog today. So glad I found yours.

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    1. Thank you for the comments. I was just afraid of watching the world change so rapidly. Things said today are often not correct and applicable the next day. What we preach is quite often not really practiced. Just my thoughts though. Thanks for the visit.

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  10. yeah I agree with you. I mean if someone doesn't win there will be next time. It's like schools here how some can't even give out grades because "a bad grade would make kids feel bad"- well how are they going to get through highschool and university?! and life?! and yeah money- though it can buy temporary satisfaction it can't buy happiness :D

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  11. You're a wonderful writer. Great post!

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  12. Honesty is the best policy! However, a thought provoking proverb in today's scenario. I see dishonesty at it's minutest level everywhere.
    Unsure, whether it's a case of "beauty lies in the eyes of beholder".

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