Monday, March 25, 2013

Change it is to Change us

I am passionate about living, to say the least. I am passionate about waking up every morning and opening my eyes to a wonderful day.

I am passionate about color all kinds, around me. I love my room for it is green in color and has these huge red abstract flowers spread on the creamy curtains covering it's pale white windows. I crib when the maid puts a plain white bed sheet because I love the one with blue space ships on it.

Now, you wonder and question my sanity in this regard as to why am I not blogging or writing about development or social change. What has it got to do with social change? I will try to explain.

It took a whole day and a lot of coffee to understand what 'social change' meant to me or us. The power it held in it. Pondering about this over a cup of coffee I realized that unless an until an intrinsic understanding is attained in this regard nothing, from saving energy to giving donations to NGOs, can bring about this change.

A pretty famous American journalist, P.J. O'Rourke, was once quoted saying that " You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money." It is something similar to that.

I personally am of the opinion that to bring about any change as impactful as being life changing for people involved you need to love what you see around, you need to love it to that extent that you feel for those for whom it's not possible.

As human beings who want to be a part of a society where we call ourselves the socially uplifted we need to understand the 'minutes'. We cannot just say that we strongly feel about energy wastage unless an until we experience the power of energy. We need to love what we believe in.

I see color all around, I love colors and I love it to that very extent that I hate to see how my world drops dead as soon as I close my eyes. This very act has made me feel strongly for those who are not that fortunate enough to see. We call them blind. I am moved at how not much is done for them. There are blind schools that are working towards training these children but they are again in want of funds.

I want to tell my readers that social change is possible only after every person feels that he is an equal and important part of the society and feels responsible and is moved or affected by any act that causes spiritual doom to the society.

Worries and dilemmas have taken a geometric progression and no matter how many of us try to improve society it would only follow an arithmetic progression.

At such a rate sadness and misery would always remain and stay here till the end of days. We need to to go back home and talk to our kids and husbands about how our life has more meaning than to just earning, running around for money, achievement.

We should connect ourselves to any NGOs working towards orphans or any type of disability towards children. We should spend time with them and make them feel that they are part of that big picture where they don't see themselves right now because we all agree that they are an important to a our country's future.

I feel that there is no point having an energy conserved society if you have just hooligans living in it who care nothing for the lesser fortunate. I see no point.

Here I would like to quote Swami Vivekananda, "Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth." This idea and feeling should be so intrinsic and embedded in our veins in such a way that it should be carried or passed down through in genes.

A helping hand is what I feel we should be to bring about change.

Change is possible only when we start looking inside and growing from there. Only after we become more aware as citizens and the power that we hold in bringing about this change, only then change is possible.

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