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Thursday, 08 December 2011 11:38

SERVICE : Life's most urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”

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Human brain is a wonderful organ, which starts to function from the time you are born, or stops when you think of writing for an intellectual audience. And it is compounded by another problem – I’m told there’re three most difficult things a man can attempt to do in life – firstly, trying to climb a fence which is leaning towards you; secondly, trying to kiss a girl who is leaving away from you; and thirdly, trying to give your opinion to an intellectual audience. Don’t you think I’m in a pitiable position with my pen and paper right now?
I have recently received a hub request from a reader to write my belief and stance on SERVICE. So, be it. I’ll be sharing a few experiences of my life. And it won’t be something from books or computer.

Yesterday I attended an End-of-year gathering in my village’s Social Welfare Centre. Whatever awards given to those NGOs and youth clubs were just humble memos, which undeniably increase their responsibilities. I always believe that reputation is what the world thinks of you, but character is what you are. There’s so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us that none of us has the right to criticize any of us.

Service… Of humblest friends, bright Creature! Service is like the Daisy flower. The Daisy, by the shadow that it casts, protects the lingering dew-drops from the piercing sun. Look in the early morning (I don't know how many of you get up before the sun rises), if you go for a walk, you’ll find so much of beautiful and tender dew-drops sitting on all places. And the sun comes up and destroys them, burns them out. However, this little Daisy flower doesn’t join in any Rotary Club, Lions Club or JCI; but it just fulfils its duty of opening up in the morning. And what it does in return? It just throws a shadow around and this protects the lingering dew-drops for some time. In Economics, they call it “externality” – you do something, and something else happens.

Ultimately, what did the Daisy do? It just did it’s duty! Friends, today, man’s greatest enemy is not aids, cancer or tuberculosis, but man himself. I’m using the word man for all species, so females reading this article shouldn’t misunderstand me as a male chauvinist pig.

According to me, the greatest service you can do is to give a good example to the society. We can move around with all types of big organisations to try to become a good man by serving the society, but we don’t have the guarantee. Nevertheless, you can take an oath standing on this protest – “I’ll be a better man tomorrow, than what I’m today.” I’m sure of one thing, that there’ll be one rascal less in this world.

It’s so easy to live by sharing. I believe, service is love-made-visible, kindness is love-made-tangible, but sharing is love-made-believable. Indeed, there are many philanthropists across the island, and we often see them on the television or in newspapers. But are they really philanthropists? When we go deep into it, we often find that most of them have hidden agendas. This is what worries me.

And so, I want all of you to walk your talk. If you want to do right, then do the right thing. To serve is more than any occupation! Every life has got a purpose and it has to serve its worthiness at some point of life, simply to justify its existence. But, we don't serve the society to gain its acceptance; we are accepted so we serve the society. Many times it happens that we have superficial talks; I’m reminded of a joke.

One day a fool like me was travelling in the plane. He was a very arrogant fool, like me. And next to him was sitting an innocent school girl, reading her book. So, that man wanted to strike a conversation with that girl.

He said, “Young lady, I’m told, if neighbouring passengers talk to each other, planes go faster. Why don’t we start talking?”

The girl seriously looked up from her book and said, “Fine. But talk about what?”

The man thought for a while and pompously uttered, “What about talking on Nuclear Science?”

“That’s fine. Good subject. But before that I’ll ask you a question,” the little girl said.

“Go ahead, I’m here to answer,” he replied.

“A goat, a cow and a horse – they all eat grass. But the goat brings hard pellets at the other end, the cow puts the large sort of shit and the horse takes out large shapes of dried grass. Why is that?” she asked.

This arrogant fool like me thought for a long time, scratched his head, and said, “I’ve come to think on it, but I don’t know the answer.”

The little girl spontaneously answered, “Well that serves you; a man who doesn’t know a shit, doesn’t deserve to talk on nuclear energy!”

This is what is happening today, my dear friends. Our problem is that we all talk about service but not practicing it in the real sense. Please think about it. I don’t want you to do anything except think and go deeper into it and find out its real significance. Everybody can be great... Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a university degree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's “Theory of relativity” to serve. You don't have to know the second law of “Thermal dynamics” to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant.

I do not deny that nowadays we have very powerful organisations, some existing since hundred of years. In unity we can do many things for this world. United are we that stand together for any cause! We can change the face of the world, into heaven, provided each of us become “homo-altruisticus”.

I’ll take you to another story, since there are different ways of saying things… Since childhood I wanted to serve my country by becoming an Army Officer. When I finished my HSC, I wanted to join in the Special Mobile Force (SMF) or Indian Military Force (IMF) for training. It happened that in 2007 I got my admission letter from the military academy in Pune, India. Goodness gracious me, I was mesmerized.

But my mother convinced me not to go because I’m her only son. So, I joined in University of Mauritius. Once I went to climb the Black River Gorges with few university friends. There I met a group of SMF Officers. I felt like in heaven. I asked so much germane questions about military that the Commanding Officer undeniably came to know my passion for military.

He told me something which changed my whole life. I remember those exact words. If I distort those words, I’ll take the essence of the message away.

“The ways you embrace and opt to serve your country is very important. Do you want to join in the SMF, take out your gun everyday to clean it and put it back in the safe? Or, would you like to become an exemplary citizen of the country, serve the country with such great actions in the society that every move of yours would equal to a bullet fired from a real gun?”

Last thing that I want to tell you, dear readers, is that let it be from day to day that all can see what you have to offer the world, even when no one is paying attention, there will always be room to grow for the day in which you are the voice of the people, the day you are the growth of the people.

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