Terrorism is terrorism and it does not belong to any caste, religion etc. Terrorism is hatred against someone or against one system but path chosen to correct it is abominable. It’s about few people who either have been hurt deeply or spreading terror for some false motive and want to resent their feelings in an inappropriate manner. It was a very good move that Muslim Clerics denied to bury bodies of terrorists involved in Mumbai attacks and denied to accept them as Muslims. None of the religion teaches violence or explains terror than how can terrorists seem to follow any religion or creed. As a commoner, we need to be very careful while referring terrorism to any religion, caste, creed or race. Every human has good and evil inside, its all about, whom do we nurture. Let’s nurture the good side in self and everyone around us.
Money is a good servant but a bad master – Aristodemus
We need to be cautious with money and do not let money rule us. Money in wrong hands can create havoc. Any person cannot hold / transact such large money in cash hence role of banks need to be scrutinized. We need to channelize these transactions, may be, bar online transfer of large amounts. Money hidden in some banks can be misused to buy deadly weapons. As a commoner, we should understand where our hard earned money is going. A kid or adolescent gone wrong, may misuse it and parents might not even come to know. It’s our responsibility to use money, not let money use us.
Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals but because of the inactivities of the good people – Swami Vivekananda
We live in a society and we grow or fall as a whole society. If we are making progress without giving back to society than parts of society, which could not grow, can bring everyone down.
I remember one scene from a Hindi movie where one builder wanted to grab a piece of land which belonged to one ashram where 100s of under privileged people had shelter and were living a calm life and the Guru Ji (Saint) denied builder that land at any cost. Builder threatened the Guru Ji that he can get him killed in 10000 Rs and that’s the cost of his life. In response to this, Guru Ji very softly reminded the builder that killing could have been possible in mere 1000 Rs if he had not opened this ashram. Guru Ji made a very interesting point on contribution to society or community. Guru Ji is providing shelters to many under privileged human beings and educating them in right direction which is helping the whole society otherwise those human beings would have been wandering and may have fallen in traps of rogues.
One cannot ignore the community in which they live in because community (or society) influences everyone’s thoughts and deeds. Many countries have mandated community service for a year or more and those societies have grown a lot. It’s high time that each commoner realizes it and start playing a role in community service.
We are the reflection of the education (or learning’s) we have got.
Education does not mean only degrees (obtained from school/college) but we are being educated every moment. Everyone learns so much from parents, relatives, friends, books, events, etc throughout the life hence its very important that we commoner provide right education to our kids and to our near ones and inculcate values. We must spread message of love, sacrifices, and selflessness. Current education systems focuses a lot on science, history, languages and there is less focus on soft skills, like, attitude building, teamwork, instilling values etc hence role of commoner becomes even more important to focus on softer aspects of life.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. – Mahatma Gandhi
Let’s not worry about big steps and start in small way right now. Let’s share our care by helping and caring for people around us. Look around and we can find lots of opportunities to help others. Lets contribute to the community we live in, organize events where kids / adults can learn lessons of love, sacrifices. Indian history is full of sacrifices made by our ancestors, fore-fathers and we can take examples from that. Let’s take care of our neighborhood. Treat everyone with dignity. Introspect before blaming anyone. Help under privileged human beings in our surroundings. Let’s answer the hatred with love. Let’s control our anger and bring peace.
I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life. – Mahatma Gandhi
As a commoner, we must understand that violence is not the answer for violence or terrorism but at the same time, we should not be considered coward for our strong values. Let’s not tolerate injustice and raise the voice in appropriate way. Principles of Gandhi Ji are as relevant as they were during struggle for independence.