Life brings with a plethora of experiences, each with a flavour of its own. I wish to share with all my readers these various experiences and observations that I have made during my time here on this planet. They may be funny, thought-provoking or simple reflections. I do hope you will find these enjoyable and interesting.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

When Humanity Triumphs Over Adversities

I first saw this video clip on facebook.  Over the years one gets inured to seeing such sights frequently on various clips on the net.  For whatever it was worth, I decided to check  it out.  

There is no two ways about the fact that it is very disturbing.  That so many millions could be dying this way in various corners is appalling.  The comment on the insensitivity of people who waste food in the face of such deprivation of a large section of the world's population is now almost a cliche.  I could not feel irritated at the lady who started sobbing loudly when the children were lying helplessly there.  It almost seemed to me to be making a spectacle of their fate.

But as soon as the older child stepped onto the scene (she was barely a year older than the two children herself), the whole mood of the film changed for me.  I was speechless at the sight of this child who was so responsible - a little mother to her two siblings - and the love and care with which she bathed them and laid them out to dry.  Words fail me.  She looks pretty emaciated herself.  Yet she first gives her starving siblings a cracker each before taking one herself.

Just what instinct could one put this down to?  A maternal instinct?  Or the very basic human instinct to protect its own species in times of adversities?  The indomitable spirit of human kind?  I can't find the answer to these questions.  It certainly seems to be beyond all human understanding - plain unselfish love.  This is what human nature is supposed to be all about?

How have we, who were meant to be like this little girl, become so selfish and self-centred as we are?  Is it that as soon as we get enough for our basic necessities, we start getting possessive and protective of it and become beasts in human clothing?  Do we have to be fighting for our basic survival before we start thinking of others and their needs before ours?  Rather contradictory isn't it?


  1. Satchi, the video had morbid sentiments.It is very sad to note that the government agencies do not distribute the required help. Only few souls who are driven by passion take on or adopt these kids.

  2. Nityaka,

    What I wanted to highlight was the amazing resilience and human instinct of the little girl who was the older sister.

    The humanity of a child who is hungry, but first cares for her own siblings and makes sure they get their share of food before taking a bite herself - who taught her such selflessness?

    Contrast it with people who have enough and more, but are selfish and won't share anything with others and who are ever greedy for more. Does it take adversity to bring out the best in humans? What makes us such self-centred, self-absorbed creatures at other times? That was my main thrust in this blog.

    About for govt. agencies, the less said the better. If they did their job the way they were supposed to, things would never have come to this pass.

    Rich countries throw their excess produce into the sea. Where is their social conscience? I don't understand and don't want to understand the theories of economics that make them do so.