Monday, July 13, 2015
Values as Our Protector
A frog when put in a pot of water that is being brought to a boil does not jump out of it. Its body temperature adjusts to its environment. As it keeps adjusting to the water which increasingly becomes hotter, the frog ultimately gets boiled.
If one continues to cling to old precepts in dealing with change, one is afflicted with the boiled frog syndrome.
We are adjusting and reacting to dramatically appalling levels of pollution. We thought we could just adapt to it and that everything would be all right. We are adapting to low levels of moral and ethical integrity in business, rising crime rates and everything else. There will come a time when we have to stop adapting and start thinking what we are going to do about it.
Instead of accepting the status quo, we need to re-examine our value system and instill the age-old value system that has stood us in good stead. It is values that have protected us from a life of corruption and degradation. Money should not be our sole criterion in life, rather a life based on high moral values will give us the contentment we seek.
It has to be a personal transformation within the individual, a change of consciousness.
Extracted from 'Self Empowerment' by Bridget Menezes (Malaysian author)