From I-ness to I-less!

“I, Shivam and Smith went to attend a discourse.” As per grammar rules, this sentence is incorrect. Can you figure out the error? Grammatically, whenever one has to refer to other people and also one’s own self, then the rule is to mention the other people first and then oneself. Thus the correct sentence would be “Shivam, Smith and I went to attend a discourse.” i.e. ‘I’ should be positioned in the last place and others should be given preference. The fact is that it’s not just a grammar rule which needs to be applied for a correct sentence formation; instead, it’s an important rule for our lives as well, which must be applied in order to have a correct pattern of living.

Is ‘selflessness’ the basic feature of this creation? Well, facts and observations clearly support this truth. … Look at the sun. It shines for all, provides life and growth for all without demanding anything in return. A tree generously offers its shade and sweet fruits to whosoever  comes to it. A flower spends its entire life to fill our lives with fragrance. A river…

… It is said that human beings are genetically designed to be selfless. Not only does anthropology (social science) say so, but research too supports the same. However, today man seems to have lost this basic attribute. Today, the philosophy of ‘I, me and mine’ dominates the world.

So, how can we reach the state from I-ness to I-less? What are the scales or levels on the basis of which we can clearly understand the context of selflessness?

To know complete, read the complete article in April edition 2013 of monthly magazine English Akhand Gyan.

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