Yesterday, while I was on Google+, I saw this image:
As you can see, an Arab villager running wildly after his camel on a busy highway in this image. I’m dead sure that the person who caught this on camera must be laughing hysterically. After I saw it first on Google+, I was unable to control my laugh also for few minutes. But then, some other post in my stream caught my attention and I forgot about it. This image flashed back in my mind at night when I was going for sleep. I smiled again but at that very moment, a thought sparked in my mind:
That poor villager chasing his camel on a busy highway is exactly what human desire is. We are constantly running behind “the camel” of our desires to catch him up, no matter how big or small they are, much like that guy. I’m not saying that it is bad for us to catch our desires, it is something encoded in our DNA. A natural feeling of want is in our blood. We desire for good things in life and if not achievable comfortably, we run for them just like that guy. You may wish to eat a pizza in lunch today but there is a high chance you will order something else for tomorrow. Some day you might see a new car in showroom and the very next moment, your old car may seem to you like a pile of junk.
To have the riches, to travel the world, to be famous, to find that one true love, to be extremely happy all the time, to stay young forever are just the few examples. Our wishes/desires make sure that we don’t stop for a moment because if we do, then “the camel” will be long gone. Our wish is what makes us; it is the driving force that keeps us in motion. Sometimes, our wishes are small but most of the time, they are big. We wish for things that may sound right for us at the moment but with passage of time, we realize that how wrong we were.
And what if there is a herd of loosen camels aka too many desires/wishes and you, all alone on the highway of life, trying to catch them up? It will more difficult as you can’t catch them all up. Desire to achieve it all is the first step toward greediness. We can’t have all the things we want as we can’t handle all of them at the same time. Greed not only harm us but also those who we love.
So catching up just one camel at a time on the highway of life is the right thing to do. Lucky for that Arab villager, he was chasing only one camel.
Now some facts about Actual Camel:
- Can run at up to 65 km/h (40 mph) in short bursts and sustain speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph).
- Can lose 25 percent of its body weight without being affected. 10 minutes after drinking 25 gallons water, it can restore that lost weight again.
- Can carry up to 100 kilograms of cargo.
- Can change its body temperature plus or minus four degrees, depending on the environment.
- Has sharp vision and hearing along with strong sense of smell.
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