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DUTIES TOWARDS OUR PARENTS

Every child must obey and respect their parents. They must obey their teachers and superiors. Why should children obey their parents? Parents nurse their children from their birth. The children are grown up by their care and anxiety. They look into every need of their child, whether it be sleeping, playing or feeding, and furnish the same. Parents teach the children the right and the wrong. So it is their duty to obey their parents. Those who lose their parents in their childhood are deprived of their care, love and affection. The child cannot express his difficulties to anyone. He is not fed in time, untimely sleeping and many other things which he cannot express to others. The dearth of affection nips in the bud. All children grow in the care of their parents and get educated to establish in life and society. They hold respectable position in the society. They earn a lot. Many new friends, relatives do gather around them. It is all because they are being nursed by their parents in right earnestness and utmost care. So it is their utmost duty to look after them in their last days. They are now old and lost all vigours of life. They are now retired. They cannot earn any more. What is their asset now? The children are the asset and they deserve some help from them. They will bear the burden to care and nurse them. In old age, children become the source of inspiration to the parents. Those who neglect these duties is no better than a devil. Therefore, it should be the duty of every child to see that the parents are being looked into and a special attention and care is taken towards them with right earnestness and affection. It is all part of their duty to make them happy and bring peace to them.

HUMANITY

Humanity can be defined as quality of being human; the peculiar nature of man, by which he is distinguished from other beings. Being human does not mean that an individual possesses humanity. If you want to understand the quality of humanity in an individual take note of what he does for people who give noting back in return to the favour they have offered. One of the most outstanding examples of extra- ordinary humanity in a human being has been portrayed beautifully by Mother Teresa. Humanity means caring for and helping others whenever and wherever possible. Humanity means helping others at times when they need that help the most, humanity means forgetting your selfish interests at times when others need your help. Humanity means extending unconditional love to each and every living being on Earth. A perfect example of humanity can be demonstrated by the following story. A king with a kind heart once saw a pigeon and an Eagle fighting. He possessed the ability of communicating with the birds and animals. The pigeon asked the king to save him from the eagle. The king told the eagle that he is ready to pay any price in return for saving the pigeon. The eagle asks the king to give him the equal amount of flesh to the weight of the flesh of the pigeon. Agreeing to the Eagle’s condition, the king starts chopping off his own flesh equal to the flesh of the pigeon. After donating a little bit of his flesh, he still finds the pigeon heavier. Finally he surrenders the whole of himself to the Eagle to eat. That is the moment when both the Eagle and the pigeon turn into angels who appeared on the earth to test the extent of the king’s humanity. The king is now rewarded with the most precious rewards and heaven after life for his deed of humanity. This story can be understood as an exaggerated statement so that individuals understand the importance of humanity in their day to day lives. It is important to understand one important fact; an individual’s life is successful not by the number of degrees he or she attains but by the degree of humanitarian activities that individual is into on a day to day basis. Serving the poor and the disabled is one of the greatest humanitarian help an individual can provide in his or her lifetime. It is essential to understand the fact that we are extremely lucky to have everything we desire at any point of the time we need. Serving the needy means that you yourself think that you have more than enough resources to your disposal.

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY

Honesty is the best policy is a famous saying said by the Benjamin Franklin. Honesty is considered as the best tool of success in the life and a famous person said it as a backbone of the successful relationship which has capability to form a well developed society. Without being honest in the life, it becomes very tough to make real and trustworthy friendship or love bond with anyone. People who are generally used of telling truth can be able to build better relationships and thus better world. Some people who do not have dare of telling truth to their dear ones, generally tell lie and face bad situations of being dishonest. On the other hand, saying truth helps in strengthening our character and makes us strong. So, being honest (especially with family, friends and other loved ones) helps us a lot in many ways all through the life. Honesty is the most effective tool of protecting the relationships. Telling lies just to save the situation can make the condition more worse. Saying truth always helps us to strengthen the character as well as bring confidence within us. There are many bad and good situations in the life and I think almost all of us have been felt that telling truth to our dear ones gives us relief and happiness. So, according to this saying, being honest is really being a good human being in the life.

GENERATION GAP

I wish to put forward a true situation and feelings of a father and a son created due to generation gap. The father is disturbed because of his son’s obsession with western music, his wearing ultra-mod dresses and eating ‘junk-food’. The son does not like his father’s calling the music ‘jarring’ one and resents when the latter ‘advises’ him. This is a case of generation gap. We feel the father should restrain himself as his over-enthusiasm might lead to unthinkable consequences. His son’s case is not peculiar one but it qualifies for some introspection. The father must devise ways and means to inculcate in his son a liking for Indian music. We would advise that he should get the version of the ‘junk food’ prepared frequently at home and ask his son to eat that with him too. Career-oriented deliberations would surely boost his son’s inspirations. He may talk of great men in between as examples. We are sure this obsession and intoxication would soon wear off on its own. The son must also think that no father in the world thinks badly of his children. A father puffs with pride when his son’s ascends the ladder of career. His father’s concern, we feel, is not baseless but shows his excessive love for him. This can be moderated if the son relents in his ‘over-obsession’. After all, what makes a man, rather a young man, smart and modern is not wearing faded jeans, gaudy T-shirts or eating hot stuff. A sober dress has its own appeal. Decorating the walls with full blown posters is not inspirational. It only mars the aesthetic beauty of plain colors. He really ought to give up western music. But he should try to look for its sweetness and tranquility in Indian music too. According to me, my advise to both of them not to embitter the sweet relations by superficial things. The relation is permanent, not these which are the product of time.

RESPECT

Respected Teachers and my dear friends, Warm wishes to one and all. We all use the word respect quite often. But what does it mean? It means esteem for the worth or excellence of a person. First of all we should respect ourselves. Each one of us is created in God’s image. Each one of us is unique—a very special creation of God. Therefore each one of us should value ourselves highly. Secondly we should respect our elders. It includes our parents, elders, and teachers. In doing so we are respecting not only their age but their wisdom and the good they have done to society. Thirdly we should respect the law, our government, our nation, our national anthem and our national flag. We should always remember with thanks all those people who sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom. Finally let it be noted that love and respect go hand in hand. The Bible says that a husband should love and respect his wife and the wife in turn must respect her husband. So let us respect all people who come our way–even those who hold a different opinion than ours! Thank you, Cindy Dasel