Wednesday, November 23, 2005

pride... and prejudice...

pride: one who knows that he knows not much, knows it all!

EGO - is the worst trait that we naturally possess, and gets us into trouble most of the times... from underconfident introverts to outrageously confident extroverts, this 'ego' plays such a strong role in shaping all our lives day in and day out... too less of it prevents us from learning, and too much of it prevents us from realizing that its a learning process...

'change' is inevitable... probably the only constant principle (other than absolute energy, absolute mass, etc) in the continuously observant world that we live in... a chinese proverb says: 'the moment you stop learning to adapt with these changes, its almost like swimming against the flow of the river'... humility from a societal perspective (which again is comprised of people) would have prevented great men of honor and wisdom like Babbage, Galileo, Bell, Socrates, etc etc to be so mistreated for being who they were, and doing what they did... its only basic nature to refuse to accept a 'change' process... but it becomes all the more critical to acknowledge this fact so as to make the most out of this 'change' process...

prejudice: a sad state of mind when one refuses to put one's self in another's shoes

there are not many things that make my heart grow sad... when i see people possess this dreaded quality, its one of those few moments that i sink to my knees... when i read about things like the royal family in britain, or about the often-celebrated world of celebrities, for instance, i realize that prejudice could hurt not only when its in its negative sense, but also indirectly through its positive portrayals... i mean, COME ON! all accepted one may have ancestors who used to be in a so-called ROYAL status in the society, i wish people had to earn their way through their deeds and not through their mere births... there's a tamil-saying which means to an equivalent english explaination: a mother of a child is TRULY proud of her kid when he/she earns a repute of honor and wisdom through actions of such value!

being judgemental - while many might argue that it is inevitable, either initially or eventually, every time, i truly believe that it is possible to stay without having to be so, no matter what, and no matter how long... especially if it has to do with being so in a negative way! putting one's self in another person's shoes is probably the easiest solution whenever there is a temptation to lean toward this attitude... it takes a REAL realization to understand that every action is driven by what is called a 'reason'...

talking about 'the reason', a song by a band called hoobastank comes to my mind...

such sweet lyrics, here it goes:

I'm not a perfect person
There's many things I wish I didn't do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you

And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know
I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new and the reason is you

I'm sorry that I hurt you
It's something I must live with everyday
And all the pain I put you through
I wish that I could take it all away
And be the one who catches all your tears

Thats why i need you to hearI've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new and the reason is You

I'm not a perfect person
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know
I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over ne
w and the reason is you

I've found a reason to show
A side of me you didn't know
A reason for all that I do
And the reason is you

7 comments:

jyoey said...

Real nice!
Thought provoking.

jyoey said...

I have been pondering on:
Is arrogance good?
Does it stem out of ignorance?

Arvind M Venugopal said...

@j sea: write about it sometime... will leave a comment :)

jyoey said...

Whats wrong in this thing called "ego" as far as it is not derogatory to the self and others?

Cheers!
Jyothsana.

Barath said...

Good one!

"this 'ego' plays such a strong role in shaping all our lives day in and day out... too less of it prevents us from learning, and too much of it prevents us from realizing that its a learning process..."

Totally acceptable! Great one!

Arvind M Venugopal said...

j-c: ego is totally unaviodable whether v like it or not... so it becomes of value that it does not hurt another being while trying to boost itself... and its such a big topic that it'd have to come under another blog :)

barath: thnx. dude...

jyoey said...

So are you going to write anther blog on this?When?