These are the few lines as spoken by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. These few lines rightly sum up that each person should look deep into their actions and the kind of legacy they are leaving behind. This idea is more focused on the life of an individual rather than the society as a whole. It talks about the responsibility that each of us faces while leaving an impact.
Believe it or not, each person leaves a legacy behind, if not directly then through the people we connect/ interact. But the choice is up to us, we want to have a positive impact or the negative impact one on the world.
Bonhoeffer was killed for standing against Hitler. Some of his other lines are, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
In day to day life, we are faced with many options ahead of us. And most people just stand by the road as mere spectaculars and watch things unfold. However, once we choose to shut our mouths and close our eyes when faced with evil, we are becoming equally responsible for those deeds if not more. Once, we decide to just stand by and watch one suffer and do not extend a hand for help, we are responsible for that suffering.
It is a very similar sight in our day to day life. An accident happens in broad daylight, middle of the road and yet people choose not to help. And then the same people question the authorities and hold protests. Well obviously, the authorities are responsible. But they were not present at the moment. So, people who just stood there like mere ghosts are to be held more responsible than anyone else. And such people, definitely do not have any right to question someone, protest for it, for even seek help when faced with a similar situation.
And if this reminds us of something, it is how it took us years to gain Independence from the Britishers. People tried to protest only when they themselves faced the difficulty. But while someone else was facing an issue, most people were watching the scenes unfold like a tragic movie going on. There is always unity in diversity. Help people, when something happens for the 1st time. Don’ wait for the 2nd time. And definitely don’t think that it won’t happen to you.
So this idea talks about taking responsibility for our choices because that is the legacy we will be leaving behind.
However, on a different perspective, an ultimate the question pops up, “to what extent are we responsible on how the coming generation will live?”. In my opinion, we can not fully be held responsible for how the coming generation lives. But for what we need to be responsible for all the choices we take today at least. Be it related to environmental issues or keeping quiet. Take responsibility for the choices you made today. Our each choice matters. Choices of the present make up our future. So ask yourself, “if this the legacy I plan to leave behind?”
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