No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
Right now I am reading “Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl” . Not finished yet. I am also “LOUD” reading “The Mastery Manual by Robin Sharma”, one of my life’s top influencer. So, I came across this line, and couldn’t help to highlight it immediately. It wasn’t enlightenment moment for me as I am already familiar with Stanford Prison experiment. I know Man is creature of his circumstance almost 80% of the time ( 10% genetic code and 10% learning) . Those numbers are approximate .
That line tells us we pretty much do not have any right to start judging people around. And we shouldn’t , not even Supreme Court judges. You might say they refer to the law but let me point out to you the law was made by Men. Men of particular personality & born in particular situation.
There was this case of cannibalism where three people had to eat fourth person actually teenage guy, because they were stranded in the middle of the ocean with no food & no help for three months or so. Also , the boy was dieing due to drinking salty water. When they returned home after miraculous rescue , they were charged with murder. Now, you and me sitting in our comfy chair in front of TV can loudly say , ” That is disgusting. I would have chosen to die if I were in their place” DID YOU ? ARE YOU SURE?
That leaves me with the conclusion that I have to stop & think and ask myself “Would have done same thing if I were him/her?” “Can I judge a man by my values & ignoring his ?” I don’t think so. We totally miss this in our everyday life and start judging people like we are Saint . We are not. We will do bloody same thing more or less if faced with similar circumstances.
“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.” – James Baldwin
Today I came across this power quote & I realised why I am yet to follow footstep of Hitler. I still have something to lose. That may not be the case of everyone on this planet. So, it shouldn’t be surprising to see the world filled with violence.
Hindu mythology precisely highlights the theme of “Kaliyug” (Modern world) . It is a battle within yourself: Good Vs Evil inside you. “Ramayan” was battle between two countries. “Mahabharata” was battle between two families. And this one is all about YOU vs YOU.
When I was furious with corruption in Passport office , I told myself if they destroy my life I will create a living hell on this planet. I didn’t. Because I had family to lose and even today, I have a lot to lose. But I wonder was that the case with Osama Bin Laden ? Did Hitler have anything to lose? Or did he give a shit of losing something? ISIS fighter blowing themselves did they anything worth living for?
So brace yourself violence, massacre, war, corruption, robbery, murder everything is here to stay. Good vs Evil is the theme of Human being. Amish Tripathi so called “Hindu” writer who somehow chants “Inshallah” after every two sentences rightly pointed out in his Shiva Trilogy books that “Anything in excess is bad. Too good is bad. Too bad is bad.” We must strike a balance between Good and Evil within us. I find that very difficult.
So at this point in my life , I can be Next Hitler or Next Gandhi totally depends on future. I can be God or Demon. I don’t know. In Hindu mythology one of Vishnu’s (CEO of all Gods) avatar ParshuRam says, ” I was born as Ram (another avatar). But the situation forced to become ParshuRam. Parshu was his weapon. He become extremely violent when someone beheaded his father. ” I hope it doesn’t come to this.