Just like we cannot see the wind blowing, but only see the ripples appearing over the river that proves its existence, similarly we can neither see the heat of the sun and nor the light, we can only experience the heat through our discomfort and perceive light by the illuminated objects we see around us.

With reference to the above statement, we cannot see ‘intent’ as well, we only experience it through the outcome of the behaviour driven by the intent.

Our world has many things which we cannot touch but only perceive through our eyes, senses or outcomes; we love the abstract but fail to comprehend their importance around us through which we can achieve much more.

For example – we can use the power of wind to create electricity, heat to create the power of steam engines and light again for power, unfortunately a greater and even more powerful entity goes misused – determination. Our determination to heal this world with positive acts like afforestation to bring balance to our ecosystem or make our organisations more employee friendly remains unutilised.

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Our confidence takes a back seat as the government keeps on exploiting our mute attitude due to our laziness and ignorance. We are taken for granted, our powerful souls are misled into believing that we are powerless and handicapped. The focus in our lives becomes our family, our livelihood stays constrained to our profession and daily groceries. We were born free just like any animal in the jungle, unfortunately the books we read only state the facts, not how to use our resources to build and bring a change in our society.

The grooming we got while growing up taught us to respect elders and behave timidly with outsiders without disrespecting anyone. We were not thrown away like the cubs are to hunt for food, we were always encapsulated in the parental safety circle. No one told us that we needed to clean the house for our inner satisfaction and gain the confidence to take up bigger work in future.

We were kept away from the sick children so that we do not catch an infection from them, but today we fail to heal anyone who needs us beside them. Every morning we tell ourselves that today we have to be different and make someone smile by the end of the day; however environmental hazards, cooked up news and second hand treatment from the neighbours ruin our wishes. We have to postpone our thoughts and wishes for the next day. Just like the kite needs plenty of breeze to fly high, we also need lots of push from our nearest and dearest to score big.

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Today morning I saw a few kids begging in the train, tugging at our clothes and urging us to pay alms to them. They were taught by their parents to do this. Their parents did not want their kids to grow up as respectable human beings, rather they made the kids dependent on others; is this true parenting? This is only a single case, but we can cite a thousand examples like this in our country.

Sadly, we have lost the power, the ‘determination’, that I spoke of earlier, we cannot challenge the protocol as we have become like statues who can see all, but do nothing.