"So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate?"
- Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
"We should bomb Pakistan"
" We need a dictator"
"We should encounter all the so-called politicians and leaders"
"India is not safe, me off to some other better country"
These were all knee-jerk reactions. Reactions and not responses. Its been more than a week since the attack on Bombay. The anger has been given words, the hate against hate been expressed. Now, the real ordeal begins.
I have been introspecting. I want things to change, for better. I want to be an agent of change (not a Ray-ban wearing Agent Change, Mr Anderson!). Lighting candles, taking out protest march and voicing the angst is good. I am not denying that. It shows solidarity, it shows I care.
Then what? How do I make myself accountable for the change? I want to internalize the process of this change.
I have decided on 2-point steps that I want to follow now in my daily dealings.
1. F**k Mediocrity. The M word should not be my way of life.
2. Stay above board every time.
If I can get these right, I think it will be a good start. Rest, they will say in future, is history.
Reminds me of a sher that sums up my thoughts.
Khudi ko kar buland itna,
ki har taqdeer likhne se pehle,
Khuda khud bande se yeh puche,
bata teri raza kya hain!