Though we are from the same stock, we have to live with certain realities. We can look at the big picture, but others judge us, sometimes, looking at the small picture! There are gridlocks in various stages of life; we have to fight to overcome them and move on, keeping in mind the realities & the lessons learnt. Great persons overcome greater challenges, but none can avoid those that are thrown at us almost on a daily basis; some prove to be intractable, but are they not also water under the bridge soon? That is the beauty of creation; we get help at the nick of time from unexpected sources!
Increasingly, people leave their nests to seek fortune, wherever. Even in the good old days, some ventured out, those with the dare, but now it is par for the course for most! Those from poorer countries overcome greater odds as they are not made that welcome, a reality of life! A child is born, ever innocent, anywhere, but soon is made aware of harsh realities that fair play is scarcer in the real world, but that make it sweeter when we experience unexpected kindness when people go out of the way!
Human nature is such that we adapt to our surroundings that might be seen as oppressive by others. Even in present times, we have people who are denied basic freedom & treated as units that a make whole. North Korea is one country that readily comes to mind. They are isolated & even their supreme leader! Having taken such an approach, integration with the rest of the world becomes tougher by the day. The leader makes secret visits to his only haunt across the border, while the people are fenced-in without any outlet to communicate with the outside world, even with their own brothers & sisters across the border! The fear psychosis & the overbearing control of the state make them an unknown quantity. They are indebted to China for most of their needs, almost a vassal state!
Increasing freedom is a reality with China, Eastern Europe, Vietnam, and Cambodia etc., taking to the world like fish to water! The free flow of information makes humanity realize that our basic needs & aspirations are same; but better to bring-up own country to be treated with respect by others! The world restricts free flow of people across borders to forestall being overrun by refugees & the flow of poor to the rich; a legitimate action but still a harsh reality!
Despite some restrictions, we can be comfortable anywhere with some ingenuity, as some from the richer countries do move to poorer countries to volunteer their services, and some stay for the long term even! Hence, it is ultimately a state of the mind to find our own comfort zones. Almost all are blessed abundantly by way of happiness as it is more a state of the mind! One need not be rich in material terms to find true rewards in life! But having been born to such diverse offerings & the pickings that can be had, we should find those that suit our mind, find the equilibrium and finally add to the common stock for others to enjoy our contributions. Each can do but little, but if each would do that little – all will be done, in the end!
Human nature is such that even the most balanced can lapse into despair and lament the predicament in life once in a while but we will soon find some opening to get out of the rut sooner than we thought possible. When we are in hole, we should stop digging further, and find ways to get out; we will find many hands reaching out to pull us out; whoever has created us, has ensured that! The daily battles & disharmonies will be history with the good triumphing in the end! Even King Jong-Il & his countrymen should not lose hope; the rest are waiting for their change of heart & the leap of faith!