My friend Rohit had a very good idea. In the course of his readings, whenever he came across anything very deep and beautiful, he would write it out on the blackboard in his hostel lobby. This would not only help him in remembering the quote, but others could also join in the experience.
Several of my conversations in online chat rooms start like this:-
— You know Shah Rukh Khan?
— Sure. Everybody does.
— Have you met him?
— No. Never.
— Why?! You live in the same country and for so many years! If ever I come to your country, I would definitely meet him. Will you take me to him? Continue reading
While waiting in the queue of the general canteen, Dr Rengarajan greeted me with his bright smile, and asked, “So? How is it going? Anything new?”
— Fine. No, nothing new. Same as yesterday. Same as every other day.
— That is good. You know, ‘You have to keep running to stay where you are’. So if everything is same as yesterday, that also is good, because it implies that you have been trying hard to maintain your position. If you just stop for a while, and do not make continuous effort to improve yourself and excel your previous achievement, your competitors would move ahead of you. You have to keep running, my dear friend.
Yes, it is true in the everyday competitions in the fast-paced world that we live in, where ‘survival of the fittest’ is the norm. At the same time, it does hold good also in the case of an individual’s struggle with his own lower self, and his striving for a supremacy over his environment. Galileo said — “All bodies fall alike”. How true! Unless a conscious effort is made to resist the fall, an individual can sink back into the dark pits of ignorance and weakness from which he had taken so long to rise. ‘Natural state is the animal state.’ Maybe it is worse than that. Civilization is a slow process, and so is character building. To rise higher requires energy and effort — regular and conscious.
So many times I have witnessed a sad decline, stagnation, and downfall of highly talented youth. In most of the cases, it was simply because the poor fellow stopped for a while to take rest, or spent too long a time celebrating his achievements.