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|Austerity, Conformity and Compliance (standard:non fiction, 645 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: May 13 2012||Views/Reads: 1600/869||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Observing austerity, conformity and compliance may be good to reinforce self control but does it make a good person?|
Austerity, Conformity and Compliance Subba Rao Juggernaut's cousin Lakshmi was always fasting; she fasts on most Hindu auspicious days and every Saturday; she drinks water and buttermilk whenever she feels hungry during the fast. She was only 16 years old when she started fasting, not for health reasons but to prove control or compliance, again and again. Everybody in the family particularly the older folks admired her conformity and austerity. As she grew, she extended her austerity by stop eating certain vegetable on a particular day; say on Fridays she won't eat onions, on Thursdays she won't eat garlic and she stopped eating her most favorite vegetable ‘Eggplant ‘ on Mondays. “How you can fast whole day,” Juggernaut expressed his surprise. “Well, It is mostly mind control, I manage my hunger to prove I am in control of myself,” Lakshmi looked serious. “Control of what? “My inner strength.” “I am sure I am in control of my inner strength, but I don't have to prove by fasting or sacrifice by not eating my favorite dish,” said Juggernaut “But then how you prove or show to yourself that you are in control?” “Is this austerity and conformity has anything to do with religion and God?” “I am hoping that God would recognize my compliance and make future events favorable to me,” “have you attempted fasting?” “Not voluntarily only when I was sick and could not eat on hospital bed.” “I am not sure whether fasting or sacrificing a favorite dish could have made any difference in my life.” “Conformity and austerity were opposite to indulgence; implementing whatever austerity measure gives self assurance and reinforces self confidence.” “May be you are right but does all those measures made you a better person?” “What you mean?” “Are you more kind, charitable, compassionate, forgiving and less judgmental?” “I am who I am; I am not sure whether the austerity and Click here to read the rest of this story (78 more lines)
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