Can you be the lone voice of reason?
Itís a tough world outside your window. Thereís bad news everywhere.
Thereís no place to hide from the dangers that lurk beyond your door.
There are times when you want to stand out from the crowd however and
ask yourself and others, can sanity prevail? Right in the middle of
chaos, can you will yourself to think calmly and act with reason?
Itís easy to lose your head, when as Kipling put so poignantly, when
others are losing theirs. Instead of keeping your head steadfast, hurd
instinct sometimes kicks in and you choose to add to the chaos. But
sanity can and reason will prevail. We just have to learn to apply
ourselves to it with determination and a steely will.
There have been instances on record when men and women otherwise
mediocre and predictable, have gone on to achieve outstanding reasoning,
emerging the true heroes of the day. The human spirit is capable of
doing things beyond understanding and comprehension. When put to the
test, they have emerged triumphant, able beyond a shadow of a doubt, to
be the voice of reason.
The world has seen situations that were thought to be beyond hope or
reason. And yet, those very grim circumstances have seen someone emerge
from the chaos to take hold of a voice unheard before. To be
compassionate, to think impartially and to find the courage to be the
level headed individual who can inspire others.
There have been quiet, resilient individuals who have stopped mobs
from attacking innocents, who have performed tasks that have tested the
very depths of human courage in dangerous circumstances; proving yet
again that despite the madness, there will be sanity. Humankind isnít
lost yet. There are men and women who can and will stand alone when
Facing natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and
hurricanes, courageous people have chosen to risk their lives to save
others. There are many sung and unsung heroes whose courage in raging
waters, powerful tsunamis and dangerous earth slips have saved many
where they would, otherwise, have perished.
operation for Japanese tsunami victims
NHK recently showed the courageous Japanese citizens who saved
themselves and others as tsunamiís deadly waters sought to swallow
cities. One was a small made woman who could have sat frozen in her car
while the waters rose. Instead, she chose to reverse the car almost into
the blackened waters, and drive uphill while the waters chased her car
from behind. It is easy to wonder how or where she got the courage to
save herself and the others in her car but how she did remains a
testimony to the spirit of human courage under stress.
There are times that test our patience, our will to survive and our
capacity to move beyond our immediate comfort zone. We may hide in a
shell to take refuge from the raging storms or go along with the flow,
yielding ourselves. I have heard of people mentioning how it was so easy
to face a moving train and sit immobilised, unable to do anything, not
even scream. Or how some watched the tsunami waters hit but just sat
there frozen. Shock is a great immobiliser but we can rise above such
primitive thoughts. Many have done.
People often respond to situations with doom and gloom. Gloom alone
will not do in facing and succeeding in overcoming situations. History
is full of courageous and heroic people who faced tough situations and
emerged unscathed. The capacity to do so, to overcome, is in all of us.
All over the world, we hear of stories that test us. Floods. Natural
disasters. Economic disasters. Personal tragedies. How we face them
determines who we are. What shapes us is the way we choose to let those
affect us. If we get carried away in the storm, we will not live another
day. We need to choose to differ, to stand apart, to be able to hold our
heads high - and be the voice of reason.