'A Spiritual Journey is not an easy path to follow. It's journey of the Heart and Soul, where secrets and truths are finally exposed. The path becomes clearer, easier and so does embracing the love of Self.'
Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.
(Jonathan Raban (b. 1942), British author, critic. For Love and Money, pt. 5 (1987).)
Cynicism does not necessarily promote negativity just as optimism does not always lead to positive vibes. Reforms in a defective system are more likely through articulated reactions to the unjustifiable practices in the system rather than by looking the other way and taking an 'all is well' attitude. Truce with injustice could sometimes betray our complicity where as protests could lead to improvement of the situation. Reformers have rarely found their journey smooth. In the long run, society benefits if dissent is at least tolerated, if not respected.
(Prasanna Mishra, born in 1942, is a social activist, a columnist and a former civil servant. He lives in Bhubaneswar (India))