Since inception, we have been cast in different moulds over which we have virtually no control. No doubt, when we grow we develop desires to become somewhat different from what we are likely to grow into. Often we make attempts to choose a path that we want to tread on, but, there also, we are largely dependent on the experiences we gain in our respective lives. It is better not to overlook this reality when we decide to take control over our lives, instead of being pushed in the directions that are the ‘vector sums’ of all the influences and circumstances we are entrapped in. As a matter of fact, even our emotions, our decisive intellect and our expressions are also not our own.
The thought that we are not ‘us’ is a practical truth. Its realization and internalization leads to our constant awareness that we are as commonplace as anybody else, and, more often than not, even below par. This is a complete negation of the notion of each one of us is a unique piece of creation. From this realization, springs, very subtly; the desire, ‘the will’, for realization of our ‘uniqueness’. This ‘will’ prompts us to know what it takes to transform ourselves from what is commonplace to what is not commonplace.
Most people work to convert them from one kind of ordinary into another kind. They do it under the influence of the ‘their world’, i.e. the world that influences them. Their world may even praise them for having achieved the ‘uniqueness’ within them. Soon, the same world, their own world, may even dethrone them and brand them as ordinary as anyone else. We often become a participant in such games in life and, in ultimate analysis, gather nothing that we can deliver to others as a gift from our respective lives.
It is the life as a human being that offers us an opportunity to achieve a sense of uniqueness, but that can be achieved only after one thoroughly understands what all is very commonplace and lowly about him. This achievement has no relation with what is extraordinary or superior; it only relates to exploring ‘the abilities’ out of a huge mass of ‘inabilities’ that one carries as his destiny. It has a sense of defying the destiny. It is an effective protest or revolt against the limitations of human beings. The achievement of this uniqueness is aimed at hindering the process of natural decay of all that has been ever created, and, occasionally, even creating a few small things that add ‘life’ to human life. It is a gift that one can give to future generations; whether the future generations make use of the gift or not, is a different matter.
Having control over one’s life is not a matter of pride; it is a duty that the man is bound by having been born as a human being.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]