Saturday, December 10, 2005

ignorance, instincts and conscience...

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment - Benjamin Franklin

trying to identify with the right and wrong, is an endless process for each of us... however, there do seem many a things that are either outright 'right' to all or 'wrong' to all... or atleast to all who live with a conscience...

lets start by looking at these 'wrong' things, and correlate to their origin... typically they could be categorized into broad reasons... acts out of ignorance... out of instincts... out of conscience or lack of it rather...

ignorance is bliss, as some may want to perceive... but probably Benjamin Franklin also got it right when he said "The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance"... being ignorant about something may be acceptable once, or twice, but not every time... there's something fundamentally wrong if someone tries to use it as an excuse for wrong-doing...

most of us end up going through an emotion described popularly as 'regretting after'... the root-cause for this is our inability to hold ourselves back and falling into the trap set by this materialistic world, and act on instincts, in an impulsive fashion... a lot of times, we 'regret immediately after' and sometimes it takes a realization to even understand the concept...

and then, there are the set of us, who for no rhyme or reason do things completely aware of the fact that the actions are being unreasonable and evil to fellow-men and co-existence... selfishness; greed for land, lust, money; psychological disability to distinguish the needed versus desired... call it whatever, this is the most dangerous of all the causes for bad things happening in everyday lives...

"Criminals are none but those who get caught for things we all do in our everyday lives" - Anonymous

the counter-arguements often used is the 'threshold' of bad things we do every day... but then, who sets and/or defines these thresholds? law-enfoecement? administrative bodies? compliance groups? the answer is quite simple... we as individuals, set these at every stage, every second, every moment, as we do little things... the transformation must be within, to get results at a global level... "it take only a drop of poison to spoil a whole gallon of milk"... every drop counts... and being the every drop that we are, it hence becomes of significance to lead a life without ignorance, witholding and talking control of our instincts, and merely leading a life with a genuine conscience...

3 comments:

jyoey said...

Right and Wrong are only relative things.

jyoey said...

Ignorance in itself is not bad.
Ignorant of ones ignorance is.
What say Aggie?

Arvind M Venugopal said...

j-sea: ignorance may not be a sin, but its not bliss either... probably innocence is, but its lost far too early to live far too later than that...