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Teach poor and backwards how to fish

    “Take up one idea. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” Swami Vivekanand

                                                      “Teach backwards and poor to fish”

”Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life time.”

“Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten” Aesop

A Story told by Ravi Chhabra

“A biology teacher was teaching his students how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. He told the students that in the next couple of hours, the butterfly would struggle to come out of the cocoon. But no one should help the butterfly. Then he left.

 The students were waiting and it happened. The butterfly struggled to get out of the cocoon, and one of the students took pity on it and decided to help the butterfly out of the cocoon against the advice of his teacher. He broke the cocoon to help the butterfly so it didn’t have to struggle anymore. But shortly afterwards the butterfly died.

 When the teacher returned, he was told what happened. He explained to this student that by helping the butterfly, he had actually killed it because it is a law of nature that the struggle to come out of the cocoon actually helps develop and strengthen its wings. The boy had deprived the butterfly of its struggle and the butterfly died.  “Work is worship – Apply this same principle to our lives. Nothing worthwhile in life comes without a struggle….”

How weaker section can stand on their own feet – The weaker sections of the society should be prepared to stand on their own feet rather than beg or seek crutches to move ahead. Everybody in life experiences some kind of bad  experience. But one should not loose heart. Weaker sections of the society should take a lesson from a baby and see how a baby learns to walk on his own. A baby takes a few steps and falls. He gets up again and falls. His loved ones around him watch him, appreciate his efforts and encourage him to try again and again. It boosts up his confidence and very soon he is able to stand on his own feet and walks steadily. One, who gives up, seek others support or depend on crutches can never stand on his own feet and succeed in life.

No substitute for hard-work – One should always remember that “Work is worship. There is no substitute for hard-work”. So, keep on making efforts. No body knows when he/she is going to hook a fish. Usually “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like (bothersome) work.” Abraham Cowley

 Self-reliance is the key-word – The key for uplifting the submerged sections of society and for their sustainable development lie in preparing people to be self-reliant, living without crutches or depending on external support. Doles given by powerful lobbies or by ruling authorities can benefit only a few poor individuals and that too for a short period.

Dependence, a source of unhappiness – Dependence on governing authorities or others brings unhappiness in life. An individual loses self-confidence. Life becomes a long struggle both for the rulers as well as for ruled. Instead of honing the income generating qualities of people through education and training and contributing something to the society and nation according to their capacities, doles cripple the masses.

Calling any section of society backwards is derogatory – Official use of words like ‘backward’, ‘underprivileged’, ‘Submerged’, ‘downtrodden’ for any section of society is derogatory.

Teach poor how to fish? – There is a folk tale – Once a man came to a prophet and asked for some money for his livelihood. The prophet taught him a formula for dignity. He gave an axe and advised him to “go to the jungle, cut some wood, and earn your livelihood by selling it. And meet me after fifteen days”. The man sincerely followed the advice. After fifteen days, when he met the prophet he said, “I am happy with my job. Now I know that for living in dignity, I must not ask for anything from anyone.”

Every individual born with some special quality – Nature has gifted everybody with some special quality and enormous potential to pursue one’s own interest. One only needs a proper atmosphere to work according to one’s attitude and aptitude.

The best way, in which a welfare state can create an equitable society and help its submerged people, is to empower them and to make them aware of their capabilities. It should develop their personalities to the fullest by inculcating in them an attitude to tap their own potentials. And then, it should train the people according to their attitude and aptitude.

Job-satisfaction – The government of a welfare state should facilitate its people to get employed in jobs suitable to their capacity and personality. It should give them incentive to work/job-satisfaction by providing conducive atmosphere to work, and encourage them to earn their living by honest means, achieve good results by hard work and move ahead in life on their own.

Hard work brings shine in life– It is often alleged that forward caste people are born with silver spoon in their mouth. But it is a misconception. It is not ease but effort, not facility but difficulty that makes a man. Through hard work, one can earn money, but through money one can not buy hard work or happiness. Too much of comfort kills motivation. Certainly self-motivation/incentive to work is of far more valuable than external support.

“Yes, I can do it” – So a welfare society/nation must teach the submerged sections of society to fish through sound system of education supplemented by proper vocational training, not to ask from the government any favor/concession or quota for moving ahead in life. People also learn not to yell for concessions, easy money or doles. Favor or external help can give only temporary relief, not a permanent solution. One must rely on his own efforts. Hard work is always accompanied by confidence with a feeling “Yes, I can do it.”

May 7, 2014 Posted by | Social and political values and systems | | 10 Comments


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