International Day of Non-Violence

“There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.”

Mahatma Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927

Mahatma Gandhi’s first Salt Satyagrah was inspired by Imam Hussain’s non-violent resistance to the tyranny of Yazid. Mahatma Gandhi is said to have studied the history of Islam and Imam Hussain (A), and was of the opinion that Islam represented not the legacy of a sword but of sacrifices of saints like Imam Hussain (A).

Mahatma Gandhi wrote:“My faith is that the progress of Islam does not depend on the use of sword by its believers, but the result of the supreme sacrifice of Hussain (A), the great saint.”

The sculpture "Non-Violence"
The sculpture “Non-Violence”

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. It is, the United Nations writes, an opportunity to “disseminate the message of non-violence” with the goal of “securing a culture of peace, tolerance and understanding”.

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi inspired countless others with his philosophy, including Nobel Prize-winning scientist Albert Einstein. In celebration of non-violence, and the history of social change it has helped achieve, here are few quotes from cultural leaders on the topic:

  • “Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil,” — Albert Einstein

  • “Non-violence doesn’t mean we have to passively accept injustice. We have to fight for our rights, we have to oppose injustice. Gandhi fervently promoted non-violence, but that didn’t mean he was complacently accepting of status quo. He resisted, but he did so without doing harm.” — Dalai Lama

  • “Non-violence means avoiding avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse t0 shoot a man, but also refuse to hate him.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace. We need love and compassion.” — Mother Teresa

  • “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” — Thomas Edison

 

 

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[Socratic paradox] I know one thing: that I know nothing

The Greek philosopher Socrates is considered to be one of the wisest person, he was one of the founders of Western philosophy. He however used to say: “I know one thing: that I know nothing”. (Source)

On the contrary, when we see the debates on electronic media or the posts of most people on social networking sites like Facebook, we find that these people are so sure of ‘what they know’ that they are not even willing to listen an alternative point of view.

We, therefore, wonder how a person who is treated by the world as the wisest person says that ‘he knows nothing’ while so many ordinary folks claim to have all the knowledge of the world.

Was Socrates lying; or was he just trying to be humble; or was he actually speaking the truth?

A lot of what we are ‘know’ may actually be useless for us unless we apply the triple filter test.

triple_filter_test

You can easily see that most of what is believed to be ‘knowledge’ is actually neither true, nor good nor even useful.  Yet people are so proud having such knowledge that are busy convincing others that they have solutions of all the problems of the world.

Only an ignorant person can give a categorical reply to all questions of life.  Most people believe that they can answer any question of life. It requires the wisdom of highest order to accept that you don’t know much about anything. Hence only a wise man can say these words “I don’t know”, while fools are answering all questions of life.

Poor People have Big TVs

TL;DR – Basically the whole point of this article is “only stupid people watch reality TV, so stop otherwise you are going to be poor all of your life.”. In other words, reading is more likely to lead to success than TV watching”. To get a true perspective on how to become rich, you must study rich people. After all, you become what you study.

“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” – Zig Ziglar

I was reading this article on Entrepreneur.com where author talks about the differences in thoughts and actions between the “rich” and the “poor”. I think the most important part of this article is that the poor people have TV and rich have big libraries, following is an excerpt:

10a. Poor people have big television sets
Poor people take a lot of time to drift off to sporadic images of which they often have little to no control over. They use their free time to avoid the art of thinking (which is the most challenging task) and zone out to what many have conformed to believe is “entertainment.”

10b. Rich people have big libraries
Wealthy people are educated and read a lot of books. They use their knowledge in a way that benefits them. Instead of drifting off in random activities, they seek to get within their minds to understand themselves, others, and the world in which they live. In fact, as your personal library increase over the years, so will your home. I can attest to this!

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/253331

Being rich does not mean the guy with a lot of money whose decorative book shelf is just a display of books, which are never read. It’s the people with genuine interest in reading and learning. It implies a person who has worked hard, and achieved true success through perseverance and effort.

Successful people have libraries, the rest have big TVs.
Successful people have libraries, the rest have big TVs.

Time Wasting Habits
The author Thomas C. Corley documented the daily activities of 233 wealthy people and 128 people living in poverty. He discovered there is an immense difference between the habits of the wealthy and the poor. During his research he identified over 200 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” The result of his research can be found in his #1 bestselling book Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals”.

During his research he found that poor people indulge in a lot of time wasting activities like reality-TV and internet etc while rich people spend more time on self-education and skill building. According to his research:

  • Only 6% of the wealthy watch reality shows, compared to 78% of the poor.
  • 74% of the poor spend more than an hour on internet using things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube. Conversely, 63% of the rich spent less than an hour each day on the Internet. This freed up more time to read for self-education.
  • While many of the poor in his study said they read regularly, 79% admitted that they read strictly for entertainment.
  • Only 11% of the rich said they read for entertainment. Instead, they focused their reading on self-education: biographies of successful individuals, career-related reading, self-help, history and money matters.

When you’re wasting your time watching TV, on social media or reading for entertainment it leaves little time to do productive things like reading to learn, volunteering or building a side business.

Time does not discriminate. Everyone gets twenty four hours, rich or poor. The rich simply choose to spend their time differently, doing things that are productive.

 

LEISURE

I looks like a myth that in the olden days (about 3 decades back) , people used to spend their Free time enjoying the beauty of nature and appreciating the gift of life. There were less things to worry about and even less things to be afraid of.

In those days, people were mostly afraid of their death or the death of loved ones, now we are afraid of loosing job, house or cars.

Everyone is trying to get rich and successful. Let me give an inference from Calvin and Hobbes:

 “I have no idea why human beings have developed all this technology to help them when all it does is make their lives busier. People are less patient now than they used to be 10 years ago. When computers were invented, if someone wanted to have their program executed, they had to use punched cards to have their program written. And very few people had computers, so they used to submit their decks of punched cards in offices that had computers. People had to wait for days to get solutions to their programs. Now that we have developed such high speed computers and super computers, even a few seconds of lag drives us insane. If human beings actually wanted to enjoy leisure, we never would’ve developed these machines. They delude us with the idea of making lives simpler when in reality, they are complicating it even more.”

Calvin-and-Hobbles

We have no time to appreciate this life. We spent a lifetime trying to amass wealth that will last a lifetime. What we fail to realize is that our time in this world is limited. Why not do things that make us happy. Money is a small part of life. Travel, relax, have fun and live life.

It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes. But when you look back everything is different.
— Calvin & Hobbes

Positive Attitude

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.George Bernard Shaw

Life is beautiful

Two friends were walking home together. As they get to the fork where they part ways, the one turns to the other and says,”Man…life sure stinks!”.

His pal grins and says,”I think life is beautiful.”

From a nearby park bench an old bum overhears them. With a shaky voice from years of experiences he looks up at them,”You’re both right.”

He says as he turns to the second fellow,“But I’d rather walk with you.”

Newly Hired Staff

A big construction company recently hired several cannibals. “You are all part of our team now”, said the HR manager during the welcoming briefing. “You will get all the usual benefits and you can go to the canteen for something to eat, but please don’t eat any of the other employees”.

The cannibals promised they would not.

Four weeks later their boss remarked, “You’re all working very hard, and I’m satisfied with you. However, one of our Technical  Assistant has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to him?”

The cannibals all shook their heads indicating “NO”.

After the boss had left, the leader of the cannibals said to the others, “Which one of you idiots ate the Technical Assistant?”

A hand rose hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals continued, “You fool!! For four weeks we’ve been eating Managers and Supervisors and no one noticed anything. Why you had to go and eat someone who actually works!!!!”

Sunday Morning Thoughts

  • When bird is alive, it eats Ants. When bird is dead, Ants eat bird.
  • Time can turn at any time, Don’t devalue anyone in life. YOU may be powerful But time is more powerful than you.
  • One tree makes one lac match sticks, but one match stick can burn one lac trees”.
  • One negative thought can burn all positive thoughts.
  • Something we should do about – Learn to Respond.
  • We react which can destroy positive thoughts and relationships before we realize.
  • Similarly, learn to Appreciate than critic everything. Criticizing everything can leave you alone.