Live and Let Live
Autor: Stella • September 18, 2011 • Essay • 906 Words (4 Pages) • 10,991 Views
LIVE AND LET LIVE
We all have been told that changes must start in our very selves. That
we should fix ourselves first before we criticize others or before we
even try to give pieces of advice which we believe are effective based
on our own experience and knowledge. And knowing what has to be
changed comes after knowing oneself.
But how many among us are courageous enough to look deep within to see
who we really are and what we are made of?
For so many instances in our lives, we say that we know ourselves
well. We have full knowledge of our composition and are, therefore,
not strangers to our own humanity. We often say that we have so many
firm beliefs, morals and principles that we cannot be influenced or be
misled easily. We say that our actions are guided and that our
decisions are well-deliberated on. We know ourselves in all the facets
of our personality and we love ourselves for what we have become.
But how well do know ourselves?
It is said that there is so much about human beings that we cannot and
will never be able to understand completely. Among these are
abstractions like feelings, awareness, conscience, principles and
religions. So where do we start understanding ourselves when there is
no track to follow? Why is man thought of as a vague entity which
cannot be fully explained by science, religion or any other
Yes, we are that complex. We certainly are more than just flesh and blood.
I guess the very key to knowing ourselves is to first look at the
surface and see what we have become. Who we are is reflected by what
we do consciously or otherwise. We sometimes get annoyed when people
criticize us because of our actions and attitude. We get hurt because
we cannot accept those criticisms which make us feel strangers to
ourselves. We react violently because we believe that we are not like
what they say; that we are only misunderstood or, even worse, we are
just victims of other people's ill-thinking.
But have we ever given time to think over the censuring of others and
see what could have been our fault? Are the accusations really true
and not mere fabrications? Is there something wrong with us?
And when we find out the truth, do we accept it and take
responsibility for our shortcomings? Or do we stick to what we
perceive is right and act like we do not bother at all?
True enough, what is there to mend when nothing is torn? But the eyes
cannot see all that is there. And it is just so hard to look deep
within with eyes wide open and finally accept the truth.
We start destroying ourselves when we start violating rules. A
personal journey towards a meaningful life is always accompanied with
knowing one's limitations. We might be intelligent creations but how
come we sometimes behave like savages?