Posted by: todung | 28 March 2008

Right versus Values (4)

Dear Todung,

You are wasting your time. You talk of human rights, but let me ask
you what human rights? Ask the beggar in the street, what does he
think of human rights? He will give you a stupid answer. No, it is
not only me, even you will agree that the answer is stupid. He will
tell you to free him first of all from being chased by the
policeman. This is an irony of life.

Here is a beggar, a man in the street, for whose rights you have
been fighting all your life. And, what is he asking for? He is not
asking you to provide him with a decent job, a decent life. He is
asking you very crudely, “Allow me to beg freely”.

The human rights pundits should come out of their air conditioned
European homes and walk the dirty lanes of third world countries.
No, the people are not interested in their multi-million dollar
, in their big talks and programs. They are simply asking
you to allow them to beg freely. These are the people you have been
fighting for! Shame on them and sham one you!

You have much to do. With your potential, you can achieve anything.
Don’t talk of human rights; talk of human values first. Make the
beggars in the third-world countries realize their values first.

If a person does not know what he is worth, what his value is, then
his understanding of rights will be so infulenced. He will come up
with crazy ideas, crazy answers: “Free me from the policeman”,
“Allow me to beg freely” – are these reasonable answers? But then,
you deserve such silly answers. Your approach in the first place is
wrong. You are putting the cart before the bullock. Ask a silly
question, get a silly answer. No, I don’t pity you.

So, begin with values – human values. If you do that, you may not
even have to talk of rights anymore. A man of values knows his
rights. In fact, a man of value is a man of quality. He is
confident in himself, he will demand no more. Indeed he may not
even demand for his own rights. A man of value will not go
unrecognized. Without his asking for it, the world will recognize
him. So, the need to deman rights will not even arise.

No, you don’t have to agree with me. I may not be talking sense,
but you are not talking sense either.

– Life, A Traveler’s Guide to Journey Withn. ( page 41 )

Love, Love and Love,
Anand Krishna

Contact Address:
Jl. Sunter Mas Barat II-E, Block H-10/1,
Jakarta 14350 – Indonesia

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