Friday, November 26, 2010

HOPE for us to Have and Give

Today I visited a person who is nearing 80. She has done yeoman service in her professional life spanning nearly 50 years and still doing in other ways. During our conversation, at one point she told that she is surprised that I carry the hope for a better to-morrow. She says, with the magnitude of (immoral) happenings that she sees around today, people (like her) of her generation hope only for the end of their mortal life. I am sure, this is not one person's commentary, but of many.
This strikes me very hard. If our generation is creating such disdain with our previous one, we need to question ourselves what is that we are giving to our next generation? I tell myself that all these stuff of working for social development is secondary, tertiary more so...the most important meaningful work we can do to create HOPE...a hope that communities and societies based on compassion, honor and truth can exist even among the ruins created by the same human society.


Blogger moderate voice said...

There are always two ways to look at situations, environment and happenings - A cup is either half-empty or half-full. The approach that "Cup is half-full" provides the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" and keeps our hopes alive. Society's progress in the material direction cannot be stopped by disdain. We need to arouse the good side of the hearts and pave way to sharing even a tiny part of the good fortune. In addition, we need to inculcate the concept of "hands-on seva" in young minds ( 5-10 year olds). Let us look at the opportunities ahead instead of getting discouraged by a pessimistic outlook.

November 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

As long as we see our parents on festival vacation, like seasonal greeting cards, our previous generation could have hope only in their mortal life. We are unable to fulfill their basic and minimal requirements and unfortunately, we have our own arguments and justification in our materialistic life. No wonder she has hope on her mortal life!!!!!

November 29, 2010 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger sasitharan said...

There is always HOPE.We can not complain the world, as Gandhi told we have to change and accept everything specially our elders,im in singapore everyday im seeing many old people begging at the MRTs its really pathetic and sad, what we can do, of course we can do anything except we can keep our parents happy in their old age.Be the change..

November 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

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