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Who am I? – 4

Was reading my old blogs on Who am I? Am sharing the links here just for your reference.

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/who-am-i/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/who-am-i-2/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/who-am-i-3/

And then thinking in today’s context. The world today is realising that am a living being. I am a mere mortal. I can die. And this fear of death has led to the rise of Humanism.

I know I have exaggerated a bit, but atleast people today have realised the importance of living and life. Ask people from Italy, Iran or USA, where many have lost their dear ones and are constantly living in the fear of death. The complete lockdown has made people live with families and in isolation, we all do think Who am I?

नाऽहं पशु, अहं मनुष्यः। (Am not an animal, am an human).

When Aristotle said that “Man is by nature a social animal, an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a God.”, we didn’t understand it. But today in the times of social distancing we suddenly realise what he meant.

The question which comes to my mind is that are we truly social, in it’s TRUE sense? When we have to save ourselves and the society as a whole from this dreaded virus and stop it from spreading, we have started acting selfish. I can understand that when a person sees death in from of him, he will try to save himself first. But it isn’t that way. Death is not the end of this disease. It is curable through isolation. Can we not isolate ourselves and perform our social duty?

Was Aristotle wrong with his conclusion? Not at all. Even animals isolate themselves for many reasons like for reproduction, due to geographical distances, ecological reasons and many more. It is for their survival and propagation of their species. Then can we not as rational animals, (we boast that we can think, reason) do the same for a few days, as the administration guides us.

Well, these are the days to spend in family isolation and think

Who we are?

How are we related?

Are we living upto our relations?

Are we truly a family person?

So in the coming days let’s move a step in this direction and also speed up the quest for finding out Who am I?

Author:

Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

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