“Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: The last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Not many people have been able to delve deep enough to accurately describe the meaning of life as Viktor E. Frankl does in his book – Man’s Search for Meaning.
Living the extremely busy lives that we lead today, we happen to negotiate with time like a child – “If I have enough time then I would definitely take the kids to the park today”, or “If I have time then I am going to cook my dinner tonight instead of ordering it from outside”. Time has somehow become the scapegoat for most of our troubles. “I didn’t have time to visit you in the hospital”, “I didn’t have time to pursue my passions”, “I didn’t have time for my family”. Aren’t these things that we hear and even say so very often?
This unwelcome lack of time has withdrawn us from looking around and realizing that the country we live in requires, us as a society, to take time out and consider taking action to make India a better place to live in.
Our incomes are soaring, pay scales are touching new limits and standards of living are beginning to increase. But so is the chasm between the privileged and the deprived. The streets of India are full of homeless families who find shelter under flyovers and make-do shacks. These streets are home to thousands of families who are struggling to make ends meet.
Diseases, malnutrition and illiteracy are not a choice for them. It is a way of life that they reluctantly accept. Their children are innocent victims of these troubles. These children did not get the chance to choose their homes or pick the place of their birth. Unaware of the luxuries a child in a privileged home enjoys, these children grow up on the streets only to realize that the advantaged society loathes their presence.
Temple of India works with the objective of awakening India to these evils of the society that are readily being pushed out of sight. Like Frankl said, we have the ability to choose our attitude towards a given circumstance. We can talk about the deprived population of our country at length or we could stand up and act to help the need and bring more awareness among our fellow countrymen.