SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does working with "self-knowledge" bring up for you? How can we cultivate "self-knowledge?" While self-knowledge leads to right action, how can we use action to cultivate self-knowledge?
In todays time no body think of social work but you thought it thats very great i appreciate your thoughts.
you should connect to a NGO for social work or try to search you will find away.
As I read the piece, I thought of the statement by Rabindranath Tagoare that "I slept and dreamed that life is joy; I awoke and saw that life is service; I took action and saw that service is joy." I also thought of Alan Watt's statement that virtue is its own reward. I believe it is important in social work and otherwise to be aware of my motives, be careful about ulterior motives or hidden agendas, and be sure that my action is with compassion and for my growth and that of the other person.
A friend of mine lamented: "why do I do what I do? why do I want to help others? people say that I genuinely want to help but do I really? I thought about it a lot because the instinct to help comes very quickly and naturally. But when I reflect, that desire doesn't last when people are not around. On reflection, I realized that I like to help because I want their approval. I also realized that it does not matter who they are, I want their approval. Then it came to me that even they know that I want their approval and they take advantage me and use me as well. Having this self awareness does not help by itself. Because knowing does not give deeper understanding. Until I understand myself and appreciate the games my ego plays, action of right kind does not emerge from just awareness..."
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