“Sir, you have such strong understanding of people and their minds. I want to be like you!”…when someone said this the other day, I couldn’t help but smile smugly.
‘Smugly’ because a thought came to my mind that has frequented it numerous times in last many years – “Well! They still can’t figure it out”.
To be honest, when it comes to people, I don’t have any fixed beliefs, rigid criteria or stiff opinions. The reason is that I believe they all are strong deterrents to observing and gaining wisdom. Yes! They are at best a person’s desperate futile effort to feel a certain sense of certainty in a world that has nothing fixed.
I mean, how can I claim to have a strong understanding of people? I have seen enemies giving support and friends showing disinterest like strangers. I have seen believers converting into atheists and hardcore atheists embracing faith. I have seen Idols discovering feet of clay and scoundrels upholding morals against all odds.
I have seen strong-willed people turning superstitious and superstitious people developing sudden audacity to ignore omens. I have seen grown-ups behaving childishly and children showing immense maturity. I have seen penny-wise people turning pound-foolish and short-term gainers taking a leap of faith… Yes! I have seen them all changing so quickly that I have stopped keeping track.
The truth is, when it comes to people, my only strength is… “I like to know them without ever assuming that I know them”. 🙂