Friday, December 05, 2008

Change. Its time.

"How did it come to this?"
"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!


raoul said...

1. How will your two-step agenda help in any way?
2. What is this board you want to stay above? white board? black board?
3. Whe you say fuck mediocrity (sorry, F**k mediority), do you mean you will not be mediocre anymore, or does it imply rhat you will not tolerate mediocrity in others?

Please to clarify.

Vishesh Agrawal said...

1. I think before I start telling the world how to behave or work, I should strive to bring my life and myself in order. That's where this may help. I may fail but won't know till I try.
2. Life is not white and black. But thanks for taking it literally.
3. I think its easy to complain about others' incompetence but difficult to deal with one own's.

Pleased to clarify.