We live in an extremely troubled and turbulent world. What has brought about this extreme unhappiness in humanity? Has some social reality somewhere failed to deliver?
It is my observation that humanity as a unit is living in social, economic, religious, political and environmental anguish. World leaders are struggling to find a solution, but various situations are on an uncontrolled downward spiral.
To make matters worse, people are self-centred, preoccupied with themselves and are growing increasingly self important and narcissistic. Where is the bonhomie amongst fellow men? Where has neighbourliness vanished?
We need to be, to use a prosaic term, nicer. For once, the word nice, describes what humanity needs, to a nicety. It is not that difficult. We need to think before we react, understand the behaviour of others and why they behave that way; be mindful of what we speak and thick-skinned against invective. We could be a little kinder. We need not donate chunks of fortune to charities and ashrams; but we could perhaps occasionally, cook a large pot of wholesome khichdi and give it to slum dwellers. How much would that cost? Less than 500 Indian rupees. Instead we place a premium on ostentation, self glorification and showing off of wealth.
Let's just be good, considerate and kind human beings. Be courteous to the cabbie, he drives around in inclement weather all day. Say thank you to a sales person while leaving a shop, greet the security guard who holds open a door -- these are ways we can gladden another person even for a brief moment. Be straight in your dealings with others, trustworthy, you know. Have an ethic to live by.
If we were to imbibe this simple philosophy, think how much happier we could be.
"And lo! Abu's name led all the rest."