I was born into a different reality as an infant.
Lie #1:My grandmother told me that humans lived for about 800 years. Turned out she did that to make me count to that number. i could only count till 20 when i was 4 or 5.
Lie#2: How do you explain the meaning of career or to work for a living to a 4 year old? in my case, I was living next door to Mother Teresa. I was told, her career was about caring about others, it was about alleviating sufferings for it was the most important job in the universe.
She also told me that it was what everyone was doing in simple terms. Sadly, this was a lie. People have a survival attitude whereby it is only there existence and success matters. They are oblivious to the problems of broader humanity and spend their whole lifes, just trying to make their own living.
Lie#3: Space settlements. She erroneously believed the International space station was a human space settlement. She told me i was born in the Jetson age. Sadly, we are still far from the advanced Jetsons age.
15 years later, I realized how those lies deeply changed my life. I aspire to only work and live for compassion, love and peace for all mankind. My other aspiration to overcome biological limitations of man and increase life to at-least 6 centuries.
Life to me isn't about finding one career that I love or I am good at. I love to and want to learn everything. I'm allergic to ignorance and mediocrity. I love to apply what i learn and help others. I live by metrics. I challenge myself everyday and treat each one like a new day. People tend to choose a career by believing they are only capable in that one thing and that they are incapable fools in the rest. We all know that is false, we can do much more. Humans are gifted with infinite potential. Intelligence and talent can be developed over time some have to paddle a bit more and a bit harder.
Hence, for me, career takes a different meaning. To practice compassion becomes my priority and then i go on quests to help others which involve me learning about things i don't know. I define my success in terms of humanity, not in terms of me becoming a millionaire and living the american dream.
Other benefits of making compassion your career?
- you are no longer in a rat race with anyone else+you're not alone in life, you're all working towards the same goal at different stages with different roles. Success no longer means earning billions. It means mankind collectively achieving a goal. It means you making the world a better place, for it is intangible. It means making the world a better place for your children. That's our common goal. One cannot be jealous of Elon musk for starting SpaceX. It is what most of humanity wants. It is then that Elon's success means success for humanity.
Consequently, one starts defining his/her success not as earning a billion, but helping a billion, helping all life on earth.
-jealously and hate can no longer exist for if you are truly compassionate and care about the final goal, (to help humanity) for it is that unites you and you work together peacefully and cumulatively.
A common compassionate goal is what matters. The achievement of that common goal brings the greatest satisfaction, not your personal success at the expense of others.
-there is nothing to lose when you are a compassionate person. compassion is a verb it is not a state. There is pride in failure for you have been compassionate and you tried. Your failure inspires others and shows them the path to not to take. It is thanks to you that they can take a step forward. It is your effort and state of mind while doing the work that matters more than the result. Getting ideal results may take time, but it is only compassion and hunger to learn that can help you achieve your goals.
Nothing to be afraid of: If you are truly compassionate towards everyone, there is nothing to be afraid of. Your failure, your success (in terms of humanity) is admirable and important for humanity. Your failure inspires and teaches others. No one can you make you feel inferior without your consent. Compassion in itself provokes perseverance, dedication and commitment to others before self.
Nothing is overwhelming: When you are compassionate and others care about the same goal (in terms of humanity) as you, you work together as a team with different skill-sets and knowledge cumulatively and peacefully. It is such a team that can make tables turn and make the impossible, possible.
He emphasised the need for protecting one’s youthful idealism and not succumbing to the seductive powers of greed, jealousy, but instead trying and bringing compassion and career together.
“Career and compassion are not contradictory. If you discover that compassion and that leader inside you, each one of you has the potential to win a Nobel Prize.” – Kailash Satyarthi
I'm a thinker, dreamer, doer and a strong follower of stoicism. I have a passion to learn and apply that to make the world a better place.