Selflessness -- an impossible task, in modern times?Even today, we find Grandmothers who go fasting on specific days. We have even Grandfathers doing it. Youngsters of today, find this too odd.
I guess, under some pretext or the other, the elders did the fasting to possibly save some money, which they would have saved for their children. It is selflessness of a tall order.
Even the political leaders of the Mahatma Gandhi era, were largely selfless in their attitude and thinking and action. The greatest leader T. Nadu has ever seen -- the late Kamaraj, would often interact with the masses to find out what ails them. He did stop his car when a spotted a small boy working. When he asked the boy why he was working, the boy replied that in the school they teach, but he had to earn for his family. When asked if he go to school if food was served, the boy said yes.
Today, this novel scheme has been praised by the World bank. Successive Governments in Tamil Nadu have never given up the scheme, in spite of massive corruption.
Where are such leaders? When he died, his bank balance showed a princely figure of Rs.1.23/-. In those days, we even had one paise in circulation. He would never misuse his car or any other Government facility. No middleman would ever dare to approach him -- he was fire.
Well, we have become selfish too. In our personal lives, in organizations, in society. At bus stations, we want to rush to secure our seat, unlike in that lovely metro, called Mumbai. We have sacrificed everything to earn money.
Does the rat race instill fear in us? Is selflessness all but gone, and is it an impossible ask, in these modern times?