Very often I tend to desist myself from reading a post just because that particular blogger never bothers to acknowledge my comment. Some of you would take it as fair and many may not as it is highly subjective as what is to be called acceptable and what not. I generally try to follow the principle of tit for tat in my mutual dealings and then often say ‘the situation made me behave that way’. However, my introspection now makes me realize how terribly I have been losing my real self in this manner of exchange.
It is believed that all of us own the natural attributes of purity, perfection, love, knowledge, joy, bliss and inner-power. I wonder where are these lost and what should be done to reactivate my intrinsic kind of behavior. The divine grace gave me answer to this while I was watching a talent hunt show on television. The word ‘competition’ itself implies increasing competence. The passionate urge for out-performance enables us to exploit our full potential in the select area. Can we imagine extending the platform of competition to enhance our moral competence as well? If we assume this world as a stage to judge our capability in being virtuous, our hidden aptitude of honesty, humility, truth, loyalty, compassion etc will certainly get a boost up.
I think ‘race for morality’ has to be at two levels- first with myself and then with others, my conscience being the judge throughout. At the first I would strive today to be better than yesterday and thus setting higher targets every time would improve my scale of ethics. Secondly, I would resolute to be always a step ahead of others if they are good to me.
Next comes the challenges. It sounds impractical to be faithful towards an insincere partner. Yet I have to persist because its my need to grow up through every situation. The unfavorable events are in fact the real propellers to unleash my moral reserves. It may be initially difficult to be modest with an egoistic person. It is indeed very hard to have empathy for a cruel neighbor but the constant memory of being a contender for the ‘moral contest’ would encourage me to overcome such challenges. My determination to win would retain my tranquil even in the face of arrogance or anger. I may find my colleague not so cooperative, yet I have to be fully helpful because I cannot afford to be complacent in being righteous on my part.
Just like any other faculty, mastery in the right behavior is achieved through unconditional perseverance. I cannot let my ethical values be depreciated due to wear and tear in somebody else’s conduct.
Lord Buddha said, “Do good and be good. You will reach truth and freedom.” May Almighty make us all willing to be proficient in virtues and vie for this talent hunt!
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