Individual defects and social responsibility
Dr Mohammadreza Sargolzaei
We all have flaws. Some of these defects are physical, some mental and some moral.
It is necessary for everyone to know this “Achilles heel” or “Esfandiar’s eye”, so, once bitten, twice shy. But some people turn the awareness of this Achilles heel in themselves or others as an obstacle to social action. It seems that these people believe that only perfect and faultless people have the responsibility to reform and enhance society! The idea that I have no right to objection unless I cultivate my soul is as harmful as drowning yourself in the turbulent river of political and social activity in the excuse of there is no opportunity for spiritual self-improvement and psychological healing.
Ignazio Silone, an Italian political leader, novelist, and short-story writer, in his book “Bread and Wine” puts two people in front of each other, each of whom has fallen into one of these two barren paths:
“Pietro Spina” is a socialist revolutionary who fights against Mussolini’s fascism and is so engrossed in the struggle that he is disconnected from his inner, mental and spiritual life. In contrast, “Christina” is a young girl who confines herself to spiritual isolation and has nothing to do with political currents. The meeting of Pietro Spina and Christina is blessing, Pietro realizes that the social struggle should not distract him from psychological exploration and spiritual conduct, and Christina realizes that a nun and a saint must also be involved in the “social challenges”.
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