In Pursuit of Eternal Glory

(This article has been published in the Deccan Chronicle. You can read it here! )


I am not sure whether I have to blame it on the omnipresent social media, but I’ve noticed a new trend that has been catching up. I am not sure if I’m surrounded by a wave of achievers or by people who falsely claim to have achieved something. I’ve written and reviewed a few LORs and SOPs for people whom I’ve known and I was surprised to see a different version of them in the written format, something which I probably failed to notice when I knew them.

All of us want to look good. We want to be treated with respect and we all want to be role models for everyone. We want to be appreciated and we want the whole world to pause, look at us and shower praises at our “achievements”. So what would be the best way to do that? The easiest and the simplest way would probably be to work hard and to ensure that all that we speak about ourselves is true, at least to a considerable extent. Or, we shouldn’t speak about things which we’re not even remotely associated with.

It is good to see a society where people are confident. If we are not confident about ourselves, we can’t expect others to be confident of us. Of late, what I see in people is not confidence, but over confidence and arrogance. There is a very thin line between confidence and over confidence and people seemed to be swayed to the latter side. So there are people who are haughty and speak in a condescending manner. The world is just not enough for them. They’re already up in the air searching for a better place with better people good enough for them. After all, we all become mere mortals, in their eyes.

Such people assume a false sense of supremacy and act as if they are the Masters of the Game. A few hundred Followers and Likes and people think they’re celebrities. The problem arises when they impose that supremacy on others and expect others to think highly of them. As a result we have a whole bunch of hypocrites with an air of pride and inflated egos.

Being excessively proud is not all that bad, if people can keep it to themselves. Forcing that opinion on others and expecting others to buy that wouldn’t be the best thing to do. People need not be way too modest, but it would do them good to learn that they would be much better staying off from the other extreme of the scale.

So, let your actions and deeds speak about you rather than you having to exaggerating about yourself.

24 thoughts on “In Pursuit of Eternal Glory

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  1. Instead of trying to inspire people, I prefer to look for inspiration from really good achievers, who are also not show offs, like you have mentioned. I have come across many people in my life who inspired me and are still inspiring me.
    I really dislike people who have the tendency to praise someone overly, and also the people who thrive in such praise. You are right they start thinking their thoughts and their ways are the best, and they think they can set the rules for others. They don't even realize that they have tilted to the other extreme side. I keep seeing such people in the blogworld.


  2. A trait that is dearth among many is ,'humility”.
    I know a person who has not acknowledged the frivolity of himself in the wider schemes of Nature, that even after confronting a carcinoma that is life threatening and still under heavy medication has not shed an iota of the arrogance, haughtiness , false pride and malarkey that are his hall marks.In fact he is all the more arrogant now.

    An achiever who has gone up by sheer handwork and dedication can seldom be haughty and conceited.


  3. I can see your anger or anguish at this trait but do remember that an inflated ego without merit to hold it gets punctured sooner or later.It was only this morning I had sent this Rumi's quote in my good morning mail “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think”
    The best thing would be to ignore others like the ones you had described.


  4. Loved this post and your description as to how people cross the line and become supremely overconfident of all their minor achievements.

    Humility and letting your actions speak for themselves have gone a long way in helping me have a steady ground beneath my feet.

    Awesome post.


  5. Celebrity status is just a hype and myth in India. And with Social media in place the hype become hyper and myth become mysterious.

    Nice article. Keep writing.


  6. Yes, an achiever knows how hard it is to get to the top and how easy it is to come falling down. He would naturally know where to focus and where not to place undue emphasis.


  7. Thank you so much. Yes, it would definitely go a long way in keeping our feet firmly on the ground. The second we make a wrong decision to spread our fame, is the second we start digging our grave.


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