What are some bitter truths?

  • After life,the bitterest of all the truths is that nobody is the “centre of universe.” Most people think they are not only different but also very very important and this kind of delusion makes them rude and arrogant. We are different from each other, it is right, but the reality is that “you are unique like everyone else. Thus nobody is the centre of universe.
  • We always believe in face value and are hardly able to know the real worth of any thing or person.
  • We believe that material gains make us a better and happier. But that is wrong. As someone has said, you can not be rich or happy until you have something money can’t buy.
  • Our obsession with happiness is what prevents its attainment.
  • We are always waiting for something that is not going to happen.
  • We are always waiting for some superman, spider-man, batman or any messiah to get us out of our predicament. While the fact is that liberation comes from within and as Epictetus has put it, “it (life) is not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.”
  • Nobody cares how difficult our life is and we are the authors of our own life stories. Only you are responsible for your problems and thus you have to solve them on your own. You can seek help but you can’ blame anyone else.
  • Life is never perfect and thus we can never be free from pain.
  • And as Dita Von Teese says, “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world and there will still be somebody who hates peaches.”
  • We don’t trust people for two reasons: first is that “we don’t know them” and second is that “we know them.”
  • And someone rightly said that the saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from enemies.
  • Another truth, believe it or not, according to Chanakya, is that “there is some self interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self interest.”
  • Most of us don’t even know how to say a definite “NO.”
  • And finally, most of the people think that being busy (or posing to be like) means being creative or productive. However, what they choose to ignore is that there is a difference between an activity and creativity. Irony is that most people even tend to wear busy as “badge of honour;” like being busy is a good thing. Being busy is usually doing stuff for hours without producing any tangible value. On the other hand productivity has more to do with what is actually accomplished. Moreover, being busy is frantic, while being productive is focused.

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Aizaz Baqir

Aizaz Baqir

I am a freelance writer and translator based in Multan, Pakistan having interests in reading, writing, travelling and social services.