Instruction or a shame?


“Is that even an instruction? It’s common sense! Why do they need to even mention that this has to be done?” I whispered to myself in a sarcastic tone after reading the following lines on the wall of a washroom.


It was a sunny afternoon of Sunday when I decided to spend a few hours at the library of Ahmedabad Management Association, an institution that promotes professional management education through its innovative programmes and initiatives. I spent almost 2 hours reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, which continuously stressed on being in the present moment. After having absorbed enough knowledge considering the ability of my little brain, it was time for an interlude. With an urge to freshen up, I ended up in the nearest washroom for some relaxation. Having read the book for a very long period my brain was wired to be in the present moment and observe the surroundings meticulously. I had visited the same washroom many times before but had failed to notice the things that I was noticing on that specific day. One of those especially noticed things was the line I have written above. That instruction (I don’t even know if I can call it an instruction) made me ponder upon the integrity of humans these days.

Do we need an instruction to brush our teeth when we wake up, or to clean our hands after we eat or to flush the toilets after we use when we are at home? No, we don’t! Then why does such an institution need to put such kind of directions in spite of it being the most common thing to do? Every step is taken in order to avoid or provoke some kind of action by considering the past experience. It is due to an experience of the highly irritable behavior of the visitors, the institution must have been forced to put such kind of directions.

It looks like we are all highly educated and full of knowledge but lack the very basic understanding necessary in life, THE COMMON SENSE. We have lost the moral values and have forgotten to be responsible for the results that our actions create for ourselves as well as the other people around us. Treating each and every place as your own property and leaving it better than the state in which you got it is the attitude that needs to be developed. If you cannot make it better than before at least leave it in a state in which you received it. Keeping our surroundings clean, following the traffic rules while driving, maintaining a decorum while at public places are many other aspects that can be covered when it comes to monitoring our actions.

It’s time we stop and observe how we act!