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Saturday, 18 October 2008

Why do we see people like these?

"There is a journey you are expected to undertake - a journey that would take you to the desired destination. Many have been there already, and people around you believe that you can reach there too. You are expected to be their stepping stone. If you can reach there, you can take those expectant folks with you, and provide them an opportunity to go further ahead and embark on what appears to be a journey that is far more treacherous and challenging than this one. A journey into the unknown. Not many people we know of have been successful in that journey.

But this journey, the one that is expected of you, is clearly achievable. You are expected to be analogous to the early pacesetter of a marathon race. That's where the expectation ends. No medal is expected of you. Agreed, it requires its own set of skills. But you are expected to have those skills ingrained in you anyway. Even if you don't have the ability to undertake this journey, you can cultivate it, by observing others who have been successful in this before. There are many glowing examples.

All you need to do is to make an honest attempt. Yes, there are brick walls to overcome and landmines to be avoided along the way, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. You need to make a gritty and calculated effort to reach there.

But no, you don't make an attempt - you don't want to. Because the journey doesn't excite you. Why would it? You have the comfort of a cushioned seat and you are enjoying the mid day sun; and more importantly, you know that in all probability, nobody can force you out of your cushion seat. Why would you want to leave all this and go on a tricky trek? In fact, you want to try and take your mind off anything that is even remotely related to it, because you want to avoid even getting accidentally excited by the journey and its destiny.

You know that those expectant folks are anyway planning an even more treacherous journey that includes the one that is expected of you. Even if you don't succeed in this, they will put in their efforts to reach this intermediate milestone, and continue on from there.

So, what do you do? You backtrack, and let the team go. Not necessarily. To avoid that remote possibility of losing your luxury, you pretend to try your best. You find brick walls, you want them to bring those down for you. You find land mines, you want them to diffuse those for you. They would do it, because they have a dream to go further - and the key thing here is - you know they would do it for you. This is precisely the plan. Given a choice, you would want them to lay a bed of roses in your path so that you can safely reach that light at the end of the tunnel. You hang around till they reach that milestone. Now you are assured of hanging on to your cushion seat for a long while to come. You rock back and enjoy a sip of your favorite cool drink, while a fatigued set of people march on, purely drawing energy from their dream destiny. Thanks to the induced fatigue, they have to draw this energy much earlier than expected. Hope they can reach there..."

This "you" in the above narration of mine - why do we see so many of them around?

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