You could be born in any family. You could be raised in any neighborhood. But, what you chose to become, is all on you. Swami Vivekananda was born into an aristocratic Bengali family. His father was an attorney and mother was a homemaker. He once said, “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” So true!
After a certain age, every human being starts learning the good and the bad inside their own soul. When a person chooses to do good or bad, he doesn’t learn it from his parents or neighborhood really. He makes his choices based on what he wants in his life. When a person takes bribe, do you really think his parents might have told him to do it? No, because if he will go back to his parents and tells them that he took the bribe for them, his parents will turn around and say, “Don’t blame us for your choices you have made because we didn’t ask you to take that bribe or steal from that person or cause damage to this society.” They won’t take the blame for you actually. So, it was all your choices you have made in different situations in your life and you got to take the blame for not making the right ones.
So, if it is you who is going to experience the consequences of your decisions, then why not make the right decisions even if your parents didn’t teach you really how to do it. Even if your neighborhood taught you that your religion is best, your caste is upper, your color is special or you look ugly, your are poor, you are a failure etc. Isn’t that your choice how you think about yourself? Isn’t that your choice to ask your soul to find out what is the definition of beauty, what is the definition of religion, what is the definition of failure or what is right and what is not? Are you going to just follow your tribe blindly or you will ask questions to yourself and find answers in real?
Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or name anyone whom you call special. They were not special because they blindly followed what was being taught to them by their parents, family, friends or neighborhood. They became special because they searched for the answers by themselves. They followed what they believed is right. They were ready to take the responsibility if they do mistakes and not blame anyone else for the consequences. They found and followed what was right and fought against what wasn’t.
Every human being has it in them but you choose to be blind and then blame everyone else on this earth for your choices. Every choice we make every second, effects this Universe and it returns into our life. So, make the right choices consciously to make this World a better place to live in. We don’t really have to be special to think and to feel right. You just have to look deep into your soul.