“When, one day, you have made your mark on the world, remember that, in the ultimate analysis, we are all mere temporary custodians of the wealth we generate, whether it be financial, intellectual, or emotional. The best use of all your wealth is to share it with those less fortunate.
I believe that we have all at some time eaten the fruit from trees that we did not plant. In the fullness of time, when it is our turn to give, it behooves us in turn to plant gardens that we may never eat the fruit of, which will largely benefit generations to come. I believe this is our sacred responsibility, one that I hope you will shoulder in time.
Thank you for your patience. Go forth and embrace your future with open arms, and pursue enthusiastically your own life journey of discovery!”
[Excerpts from the speech by N R Narayana Murthy, chief mentor and chairman of the board, Infosys Technologies, delivered at the pre-commencement lecture at the New York University ( Stern School of Business) on May 9. In that scintillating speech, Murthy speaks about the lessons he learnt from the chance events in his life and career.]
That sentence….Enjoyment from trees that one did not plant…It got me thinking.
Haven’t I enjoyed from Trees that I did not plant? Sure as hell. My life itself is a gift from my parents that is a part of evolution chain designed by the universe. I never had asked for it. I am just grateful to them for a wonderful life they gave me, for equipping me with the best of values, beliefs and principles early on in my life. All I can do consciously is to bear as many sweeter fruits I can in my tree of life for others to relish.
The humble status of our species, which, far from being the ultimate goal of creation it has long been thought to be, now appears as a transient link or perhaps even a side branch in a long evolutionary process very likely to give rise some day to beings much more advanced than we are. There also is a real possibility that beings with mental attributes similar or superior to ours exist elsewhere in the universe. Although these possibilities have not been verified in reality, they deserve sufficiently serious consideration to be incorporated into our new world view. The resulting picture is not, however, as negative as is maintained by those who see in the findings of science reasons for denigrating the human species.
No doubt, the beings with expanded mental powers that are likely to succeed us one day will see this reality more clearly. But the glimpses we are afforded already are immensely rewarding.
If my life’s just a blip and is the outcome of a chance event, why not I be smart by making the most of it – by being useful to as many so that I can say I’ve had a great life, a damn good blip !