Once, proud was I. As strong as an ox. As compassionate as a priest. As understanding as a therapist. I have succumbed to the lowest form of humanity. Courageous in my world of lies, my faith being deceit.
Like partners, I have intertwined you with me, creating spontaneous combustion within my conscience. I have worn myself out by running from the truth. And now the mirrored image haunts me.
I am without speech, for my words are offensive. I am without sight, for it is clouded. I am without heart, for it has hardened. I am without sound, for it has muffled. I am without soul, for it has drowned.
-- "I don't have to be what somebody else wants me to be, and I am not afraid to be what i want to be." ---- G.A.
From a young age we are told to strive for perfection. All our lives we, well most of us in any case, strive for perfection and undergo numerous rounds of training, self doubt, practice session and what not in our bid to achieve perfection.
But rarely do we pause and think about the cost we end up paying in our quest for perfection. Becomingminimalist has a very interesting article on this topic. Although the article primarily refers to people in USA and the impact of their need for perfection, I think it serves as a good example of how there could be negative side to even good things we often aspire for!
Here is the article from Becomingminimalist post. You can find the original article here
I do not always agree with what Blogger Amit Verma writes on his popular blog India Uncut, but when I read this article on Arvind Kejriwal, I simple had to share it here.
I think it summarizes everything about Kejriwal that we love to complain about. You can read the article at its original location here
In theory, a devout politician is a good thing. A politician who believes in God seems to accept the existence of an entity more powerful than himself, and that should be a reassuring thought to Indian voters. We have plenty of devout politicians here, and while the ones in the ruling party are most vocal about it, opposition politicians aren’t far behind. Take Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, for example.
When he was sworn in as chief minister at the Ramlila Maidan,Kejriwal repeatedly thanked God for his newfound status. “I thank the Supreme Father, Ishwar, Allah, Waheguru,” he breathlessly proclaimed, trying to cover all bases. And in case the concerned gods missed it, he later…
For better part of past year or two, I have tried to avoid buying bottled water as much as possible. My reason has been simple - first bottles are made of plastic which is highly toxic to environment. Further, I strongly feel tap water (at most places with basic level of hygiene) are good enough to drink. Another factor is the absolute high premium charged by companies on bottled water.
Some companies have even gone to the extent of claiming that drinking water should not be a fundamental right of humans! Wow! How far can we migrate from basic ethos just to chase some profit - as if all other opportunities to ear profit and run a business have dried up.
That is why this article published by Story of Stuff Project (you should follow the site if you aren't already) is very important. The article throws light on how companies are exploiting natural resources in ways that have long term impact on ecology of regions without being held accountable for the damages caused.