India: You’re One of Many

India: You’re One of Many

There is over one thousand two hundred million people living in India. The city I stayed in is alone a home to four times more people than the country I live in, Ireland. This sheer number of people means that the life of a single person is quite insignificant relative to the society as a whole. The same applies to every country. Whether you succeed or not doesn’t matter. Whether you are happy or not doesn’t matter. The society will survive either way, you’re just one of many. Stalin understood this perfectly. Sending millions of individuals into certain death was not a problem for him because he knew that in 20 years time, the current generation of dead young men will be replaced by a new generation of living young men.

This truth has two implications.

First. Noone is responsible for your life so you have to be. This is empowering. Take action because noone is going to take it for you. Realise that the world doesn’t owe you anything.

Second. It doesn’t really matter what you do so you can do what you want to do. Find your passion and then follow it. Lead a life full of meaning because this is what will make you happy.

India: The Way to Freedom

India: The Way to Freedom

The three weeks I spent in India were freeing.

When we are in our comfortable homes, most of us are so attached to the things around us, material objects, lifestyle, people, that it seems we cannot live without these things. This attachment ultimately leads to dependency. We try to protect our comfortable lives to the point where we do and say things against ourselves and our innermost realisations, this ends up harming us. A popular example of this is pleasing other people in order to continue receiving approval from them.

The three weeks in a different world had shown me that I don’t need to be in my comfort zone, clinging onto the things around me. I can thrive and be happy regardless of the outside world. As a human being, I can adapt to any situation outside of my comfort zone and through that, grow.