Guess What? The Sun Sets in the West has been edited by Abha Mehra.
Don’t worry, this is not an article about the debacle of western countries and how the eastern world is on the rise.
When I was in the fourth grade, I remember learning one line over and over again. “The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.” For three long years, I kept on saying, “The sun rises in the east and sets in the west”. Then in grade seven, we studied about planetary motions. That is when I realised that it is not the sun that sets or rises, it is the earth that rotates around the sun from east to west. Three years of my life were a lie. During those three years, I lived a myth. I was a little shocked and shattered. Why would they teach me something that was incorrect in the first place?
For three whole years, I was trained to remember a lie. During those three years, I lived a myth. I was a little shocked and shattered. Why would they teach me something that was incorrect in the first place?
Now things might get a little too metaphorical and far fetched.
Today, when I look back at this trivial incident, I find some answers about life. I realised, that this is how us, human beings work. If something suits us, we keep it that way. If something agrees to our taste, we do not change it even if it is wrong. We agreed to the setting of the sun, because, ‘Hey! Who are we to rotate? Why should we be the ones to move from here to there?’ It is the same old story of the fox who could not reach the tall vines of grapes. In turn, it said, “The grapes are sour”.
That is exactly what we do. When something does not go along with our thoughts or beliefs, we reprimand it. For example, it is someone’s dream to become an actor. They have worked day in and day out for it. Due to some circumstances, they are unable to fulfil his dream. Therefore, in their eyes, the profession of acting is a disgrace. Actors do not get paid well. The industry is full of nepotism. Films spoil our country’s youth. It promotes violence and other vices. They will make a hundred other excuses like these to satisfy their failures. Acting is just an example, there are so many other instances where this is applicable.
That is us. All of us. The human perspective of dealing with failures is to make excuses about it and try to get away with it. I failed because the test was too hard, not because I did not prepare well. I did not win because the referee was fraud, not because I did not play well. We will make out brilliant, sometimes even believable excuses to hide our failures. That is where we are wrong.
The day we start accepting our failures is the day when we take the first step towards being successful. The day we stop making excuses is the day we start walking towards the right path. The sun sets in the west is the scientific version of the grapes are sour. Because the sun never actually sets. It is there. The bright sun stays there while we move around it.
You cannot make sweet wine out of sour grapes.
Like it or not, we should accept our failures and work on them. Only then we will be able to move ahead, march towards progress.
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