Why ‘Know Thyself’?

On one of the WhatsApp groups I read regularly complaints about the rude behaviour of public sector bank staff and replies by some bankers in the group extolling bankers, bemoaning the government’s bad treatment of bankers and backing their demands.nEveryone in this country feels he/she alone works sincerely and honestly and all others are frauds.nThese include corrupt newspaper or news channel jouralists who distort news for Netas in exchange for notes (‘envelope journalism’ in my book), bankers who feel ‘customer is always wrong’ and give three loans on one property, railway employees who delay every train, let compartments stink and allot seats for bribe, govt employees who.move files only when paid and ask for a (costly) ‘weight’ on every application, workers feeling it is right to be paid for not working, doctors who order unneeded tests or want money for doing duty …. the list can take many pages.nThe fact is that there are black sheep in all professions. Perhaps their number is growing. They may be the majority.nThis is because we all feel we deserve much more than what we get, see nothing wrong in taking bribes and value material wealth, equating pleasure with happiness or prosperity with success.nThere are crooks (others) in every field and also good people (ourselves).nEveryone is three persons: what they think they are, what others think they are and what they really are.nI thought I was always helping others, above average in my work, mentoring new entrants into my field, rising above consumerism, popular in my peer group, honest, and very successful.nAfter two books, I found NO ONE ELSE thinks so. I did not know myself.n’Know thyself’ and self realisation are what all religions preach. of the WhatsApp groups I read regularly complaints about the rude behaviour of public sector bank staff and replies by some bankers in the group extolling bankers, bemoaning the government’s bad treatment of bankers and backing their demands.

Everyone in this country feels he/she alone works sincerely and honestly and all others are frauds.

These include corrupt newspaper or news channel jouralists who distort news for Netas in exchange for notes (‘envelope journalism’ in my book), bankers who feel ‘customer is always wrong’ and give three loans on one property, railway employees who delay every train, let compartments stink and allot seats for bribe, govt employees who.move files only when paid and ask for a (costly) ‘weight’ on every application, workers feeling it is right to be paid for not working, doctors who order unneeded tests or want money for doing duty …. the list can take many pages.

The fact is that there are black sheep in all professions. Perhaps their number is growing. They may be the majority.

This is because we all feel we deserve much more than what we get, see nothing wrong in taking bribes and value material wealth, equating pleasure with happiness or prosperity with success.

There are crooks (others) in every field and also good people (ourselves).

Everyone is three persons: what they think they are, what others think they are and what they really are.

I thought I was always helping others, above average in my work, mentoring new entrants into my field, rising above consumerism, popular in my peer group, successful, and very very honest.

After two books, I found NO ONE ELSE thinks so. I did not know myself.

‘Know thyself’ and self realisation are what all religions preach.

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B. Someswar Rao

60 years of journalism, from the age of 16, and two books later, life has so much more to offer, there is no looking back. Not yet. Unstoppable after 70 is a simple expression of my thoughts, my triumphs, my failures and everything that makes this journey incredible. My books: - A TOWN CALLED PENURY- the changing culture of Indian journalism - JOURNALISM - Ethics, Codes, Laws Working on: - 'THE OUTHOUSE ON THE FIRST FLOOR - Coming of (Old)Age in India'

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