Saturday, May 1, 2010

Just so we all remember...

There are only two kinds of people in this world : The ones who become what life makes out of them, and the ones who are what they made out of their lives.

The highest value that a man can hold is his own ability. Consequently, the greatest sin is the failure to recognize it. And the most profound form of depravity to exist, is his refusal to acknowledge it.

Thus begins my lecture on the necessity of an internal locus of control.

P.S. I'm so stuck in the wrong profession.


Alok said...

Many people want to conform and lose themselves to the environment they're in, primarily because it absolves them from the responsibility of defining themselves and recognizing their true value.

The plebians just stop believing in their abilities or even their capacity to have any.

The ruling class has no ability and knows it; consequently they try as hard as possible to suppress those who might.

P.S. Nothing you learn is useless. It all comes back to you.

Priyanka Suresh Mehta said...

And could I disagree with you when you say we could be mind twins?

Let me know when you find a way out. 'Cuz I'm more desperate than I sound.

Sherry Wasandi said...

@Alok: Do you really think class-generalizations are valid? Sure, there's the whole thing about a vast majority of society being composed of deadbeat plebeians, and having to go upstream against a sea of decadence to differ. But is it really just the ruling class? Talk bourgeois or prole, the plague gets them all.

It takes either struggle, or sufficiently flexible ethics to achieve power. Anyone with ability only has a edge over the others, either way. Nothing really can stand too long in the face of sheer ability.

Sherry Wasandi said...

@Priyanka: Vice versa, I hope.

Have been on it for quite some time now.

Alok said...

Well, I was talking about people who want to conform. Such people derive their essence from the environment they are in. Thus in this subset class generalisations are valid, by their own choice.

So while some of them assume an air of importance and command, the others follow.

The former does not value Individual freedom or suppresses it since it might make them lose hold of their subjects.

The latter might have a speck of liberty but willingly submits to the former since everyone else is doing so.

There might be people born with "ability" (Though somehow I don't like to think so). Yet, ability can also be developed. Also, intuitively, I think every human knows the ability they'd like to possess. But few pursue the chase, mostly out of fear.

However, look at someone whose ambition is to command others. If such a person had any ability, they would never think of limiting others' freedom and stopping them from using and cultivating theirs.

Alok said...

As for people who don't conform: Well, Socrates was one of them.