Today, i would like to introduce you all to one of the most inspiring and compassionate person i came across in my life.Utterly dismayed though, for i never got to know who he was! One day, i went out shopping with my uncle.On our way back he said he had to pick something he had given in a repair shop, which was in a small but very busy market.The narrow, winding roads curving here and there reflected desperate faces, a little dismal and sweating, trying hard to sell whatever they had to offer.There were road side tuck shops, hawkers, street sellers and mongers hovering around our car.My uncle parked the car on the roadside and went to pick the stuff from the repairshop.I preferred to wait in the car, because actually i was more interested in the hustled bustled surroundings.There were more pedestrians than traffic because the lane couldn’t cater to heavy vehicles, also people had to park the car and walk, because it was a real narrow street.I started taking a look at the mob around me, surveying their expressions and actions while they were busy shopping. Some were busy bargaining, while some were making there minds about what to buy.Mothers were busy trying to catch a hold of their kiddos which were all over the place, scared they might get lost in the crowd.It really was a busy marketplace, small but had almost everything imaginable to offer.
Right besides our car, on the right was a lane.People were moving to and fro.I was looking at a few kids sharing candies and also fighting over their uneven distribution, when from behind them,i saw a man approaching the main street.He was busy talking to himself, with outbursts of laughter, unaware of the world which was moving on at its own pace.It was evident he had some sort of mental disability, because he had completely torned off all the clothes on him and was roaming around aimlessly, with literally no clothes on him in the cold weather.He was barefooted, with dust in his head, overgrown beard, a middle aged man left on his own.I felt sad, his eyes showed fear, and pain, which he didn’t even knew he was experiencing.I was tormented by his shabby condition.What can make a person loose control of himself to such an extend?What might have happened in his life, so as to make him loose his mind completely?
I was awe struck.This world which was at ease roaming around paying little or no attention towards him, was responsible for his condition.It is a cruel cruel world, which hurts, aches, tortures and plagues and then……then leaves us on our own devices, either to live miserably, which is similar to not living AT ALL, or to die – unwanted, unloved, unconsoled…..like a garbage can set in a corner, or a dog left outside to die of cold and hunger, and yet there he was curbed to living a life worst than an animals, even dogs don’t deserve that?It was miserable!I felt sick!I was guilty, regretful, ASHAMED!I felt so low, that i couldn’t find myself even in the deepest dungeouns of ignorance.His condition made faces at our dignity, it was a disgrace to humanity, and an embarrasement to all those around him.Even more shameful was the fact, that even i was amongst the notorious!I sat there doing nothing!I couldn’t think of what to do!
And then…out of the blue came a sweet exemplary gesture, of an invisible man.A young guy, probably in college, appeared walking on the scene and stopped near him.He seemed to be from a lower middle class family, making the ends meet with lots of effort and hard work.He was dressed in ordinary clothes, and wore sandals in his feet.He stood there observing the shabby condition of the man, as if he also was figuring out or trying to figure out what to do!After a pause, he started taking off his shirt, and next…..i saw him putting it on the mentally disabled!He moved on, dressed only in a tank top in the freezing cold, as humble as he was before, as if nothing happened! I was amazed, glad and embarrased, for not having thought of anything to comfort the ailing soul, not even as little as he did!
I was still not over the goodness of his little compassionate act that i noticed, that the dumb, numb world around him, started to notice something,but unfortunately, it was not the greatness of his compassion, rather a guy roaming about wearing a tank top in the cold weather, which was SOMETHING to laugh about.There were strange, sarcastic looks and smirks, and some even giggled with foolishness.Some can never learn compassion, their conscience is not conscious!No one saw the greatness of a young man, in his act of kindness, there was a message, his act was a mirror which showed us our own ugly faces, and the harshness and insensitivity which has completely overwhelmed us.
No one ever thought that maybe it was the only nice shirt he had, and that the mentally disabled man might have torn that one apart too in another fifteen minutes or so, but he took a small step, of care and concern.Much more could have been done, but never occurred to anyone.We wail over deadly diseases like cancer but we leave those with serious, long term, treatable mental disorders to bear the pain and torment forever!Just because its painstaking and difficult to devote time to such people?Because we are too self absorbed to care about others and we will begin to think about it only once we’ll develop one such disease?
I would wanna leave you all in the end with the goodness of this little deed of compassion, to hang onto, until you yourself gather your strengths to bring about a much bigger one around you!I will also be inspired forever by that gem of a person, and i promise to my heart to feel the emotions of others every time i feel mine!Believe, that there is goodness and good people out there,and till they are world is still worth living in.We need to join hands with them and prove ourselves worthy of being called human!