'The goal is not to be better than another man, but your previous self' – The Dalai Lama
We come across several aspects of life that channelize our thoughts to adapt a particular behaviour or an attitude in general – be it good or bad. The key is to find where it leads you and how it might change your life in the long run. Nowadays, the world and its people seem to be more practical and less human, making themselves part of the rat trap by running behind the materialistic thing and ignoring the humanity within.
It is well said and believed that holding onto the bad side of us is easier than adapting the better side. We easily get provoked to get into wrong habits, be it the one’s doing drugs or overconsumption of alcohol, etc. it is only a matter of manipulation. Why do we fail to realize the self-harm we cause ourselves and fall prey to such hunters of our life? Is it so tough to remain stern and value your morals and attitude? The answer is simple: It is easy to manipulate and influence us into whatever! The end result of all of the wrongdoings we profess is nothing but a sabotaged world rather, a sabotaged us! The terrorism existing in the present world is a result of easy manipulation.
https://www.ted.com/talks/zak_ebrahim_i_am_the_son_of_a_terrorist_here_s_how_i_chose_peace?language=en – This TED talk is about Zak Ebrahim who elucidates certain insights on terrorism. It has been easier to practice terrorism as these terrorists yield monetary benefits (in some cases), while others lack values to differentiate between wrong and right.
Terrorism is evidently the most obvious result of a poor attitude towards life and easy manipulation. We fear to raise our voices when we come across a criminal offence, reason being, ‘We don’t want to be a part of the legal proceedings’ or ‘It’s their personal matter, who are we to interfere’. In that case, we are the worst of the criminals because all we do is to shut our mouth and mind our businesses. Why is our humanity and the angel within us diluting?
As Max Lucado says, “When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried out to garage t sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?”.
This says a lot about how engrossed we are into grabbing materialistic opportunities than valuing the worthiest possession we carry – our family and good moments. It is an urgent need of time, that we start to value the morals in life and practice the art of confiding in our inner worth and disallowing ourselves to become a part of the rat trap.
By necessitating the changes in our attitude towards the life we can not only make living a paradise for ourselves but also make it better for others. Hence, investing in yourself is the best investment you'll make, it will improve your life and for all those around you.