09 December, 2009

A Special Message...

Dishonesty and greed is the mother of all con artists...

Whenever we do anything wrong, there's this inner voice in us that makes us reluctant...And that tiny, inner voice is our conscience. According to H.L.Mencken, "Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking."

Look at our dear India..we have corrupt politicians ruining our government, and we have greedy shopkeepers degrading our health with food adulterants. In fact, it seems these guys don't give much importance to their pure conscience and rather rely on acquiring more money and power. Well, these are just 2 simple examples, but I wonder whether our politicians feel a sense of remorse and guilt whenever they do something wrong...

At this point, just remember 1 simple thing -

The only person you will have to live with for the remaining part of your life is you. There is no assurance that your family members shall be with you throughout your life. But, as long as you are here on Planet Earth, you will reap the benefits of your own hard work and efforts. Your knowledge, abilities and talents are what will make you joyous and able to live life to the fullest.

So, when we talk about the conscience, it is the inner feeling that one possesses to judge one's decisions. We are not measured by what we take from our life, but rather, by what we give. Well, here is a poem that speaks about our inner voice and its significance.

To the greedy politician, to the sly shopkeeper, to the deceiving trader and to the classic cheater, I dedicate this beautiful poem penned down by some anonymous soul.

The Man In The Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in you life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you’re a wonderful guy.
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the fellow to please-never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end.
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

What are your views about this subtle and not-so-minute Conscience? Do you feel that deceiving oneself is much more painful than deceiving others..?