It is time to say Happy New Year, 2019! And it is also time to make New Year’s resolutions. It would be pertinent to recall the words of Abraham Lincoln ~ “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” It is important because our resolution is our aspiration to become a better human being for a better tomorrow. This is the driving force of evolution that has taken us from a society of slaves to a feudal society and from police states to welfare states. It is because of our aspiration to strive for the highest standards, we have been scaling new heights of Citius (swifter), Altius (higher), Fortius (stronger). It is more than Olympic motto; it is our endeavour to blossom with the march of time. Researchers have produced new DNA evidence that almost certainly confirms “Out of Africa” theory of human evolution that all of us stem from a single group of Homo Sapiens. After originating in Africa, our ancestors began spreading throughout Eurasia 60,000 years ago to seek food after experiencing a “quantum leap in thinking”. Many generations ago, our ancestors could not help but to move out of Africa to satisfy their aspirations that they felt so strongly about after having experienced a “quantum leap in thinking”. It had opened, as it were, a new horizon in their minds which can be described in the words of Rabindranath Tagore, ~ “Fountain awakened from its dream”.
The inner voice of our ancestors might have encouraged them with in the Biblical words, “My zeal for the Lord has eaten me up.” Sri Aurobindo had once said, “The spiritual aspiration is innate in man; for he is, unlike the animal, aware of imperfection and limitation and feels that there is something to be attained beyond what he now is.”