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columns Updated: Mar 04, 2013 00:32 IST
Bhartendu Sood
Bhartendu Sood
Hindustan Times
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It is alright if you are spending most of your time to deliberate whether your son, after his B. Tech course, should go in for a job or pursue an MBA course from a prestigious institute.

There is nothing wrong if you want to spend a good part of your savings on your son’s higher studies. But you will certainly become a part of the bigger family if you spare a thought for your domestic help or a peon in your office to see that his/her son is not amongst many other drop-outs but completes his school education.

It is quite possible that after a few years when you are alone with no body to help you to overcome your melancholy, you might get more satisfaction by your small act of having helped a needy boy to be a better man than having spent lakhs on the MBA degree of your son from a foreign university.

Man becomes great and steps into the category of angels when he rises above self and starts thinking about others especially of those who are not as fortunate as he happens to be. Mahatma Gandhi was given the epithet of ‘mahatma’ because he was always thinking about the vast majority of his less fortunate countrymen. To him, the interest of his countrymen was dearer than of his own family members.

Man is a social being. God loves him only who loves other beings and it includes animals too. Our glory lies in being a member of a bigger family. On the one hand, man is bound by blood kinship; on the other, he is linked with every individual of his society. It is given to man to link himself with those who constitute his ancestry, and also think of those who could be his posterity. Man thus should live and work for society by rising above his kinship.