‘We are caught in a vicious circle of busyness and we don’t know how to come out of it’ (particularly in IT sector) was the question addressed to me when I went to Bangaluru for a function on April 14th. The same evening in Vijay TV (Neeya Nana) discussing on the advantage and disadvantage of gadgets (blessings and problems) the same kind of issue is discussed from various angles; ‘we are trapped and we don’t know how to come out of it’ etc.
Though few people tried to give some solution yet for those who are trapped and become ‘addicted’ to such devices’ (particularly to mobile and computer) their solution won’t work for them.
But my simple answer is this: NOT THAT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO COME OUT OF IT. BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO COME OUT OF IT. THEN IT IS YOUR FUNERAL AND NO ONE CAN HELP.
We often say that we can wake up one who sleeps but not one who pretends to sleep.
When I was reflecting on this topic this morning the following points came to my mind:
Count the cost that you have to pay.
Think which can be replaced and which cannot.
Seek the help who can help you—particularly those who once were trapped (or get addicted) but now successfully come out of it.
In all these solutions for me if all could work on one point we can successfully overcome this issue: which can be replaced and which cannot.
For me gadgets can be replaced but not human relationship. Any material thing which cannot enhance and serve to celebrate human relationship never served their real purpose for which they are created. When a man is replaced by material we all will lose human touch in every area of our life. This is not a big subject need to be further elaborated with lots of examples. One simple old story but relevant for all the people and in all time—particularly highlighting the importance of human relationship is good to end this thought:
One rich but very proud and arrogant man in a village never respected others. So when he was invited for any occasion he used to send his hand stick through his servants. The same he did when someone died. So when his servants went to inform about his death, all send their hand stick through the servants. And he was buried only by his servants without anyone attending his funeral.
Dayanand Bharati. Gurukulam, April 15, 2013