My new car glided over the Sea Link Bridge on to the expressway. I was privileged to be behind the wheels with Radhanath Swami as the navigator. The array of Billboards put on roadsides advertized products of all description: from electronic gadgets to crash courses in computer programming. One flashy billboard called for extra attention and as the car sped past it, Radhanath Swami announced,“Hit the bull’s eye.” That was the punch line on that billboard, assuring success for one taking to the crash course advertised.
After a few silent moments, Radhanath Swami added, “What a cruel way of describing success!”
It took me a while to grasp what he said. When it finally dawned on me, I pondered over the strangeness of human psyche. Because I was so familiar with that phrase, the ‘cruelty’ in it remained eclipsed to me until Radhanath Swami pointed that out. Toeing the same line of analysis, isn’t it true that we sometimes become so familiar with certain ways of climbing up the success ladder that we become desensitized to the cruelty that might be involved in the process?
It takes deep compassion for cutting through that thick fog of familiarity to become sensitive to even traces of cruelty that seeps into seemingly harmless facets of life—even traces found in the language that we use.
Yuvraj, Film Actor