I am sure, most of us have heard this statement a lot of time in our life, that “To change a system, we need to be a part of the system itself”. But, did we ever try to figure it out that which is this system, which is being referred to in the above-mentioned statement? Are we supposed to enrol for some lifetime membership, in order to be an integral part of such system? Aren’t we a part of every system, as soon as, we are born or maybe even when we are in the womb?
When such questions popped up in my mind, it made me think whether that statement, by any chance, is actually near to the reality, or else is it an attempt made, by and large, to demoralize others? When people refer to being a part of the system itself, do they actually mean that we have to be a Politician when we are aggrieved by the Political system, we have to be a Doctor when we are aggrieved by the Medical system, we have to be a Judge/Lawyer when we are aggrieved by the Legal system etcetera? If that’s the intention behind that statement, then is it practically feasible for a normal human being to be a part of every system in that manner, forget about changing the system?
Now, let’s keep aside that demoralizing statement for some time and let the thought that we are a part of every system pierce our mind. When this thought enters our mind, then automatically it becomes our duty and responsibility to ensure that every system works appropriately and if any change is required in the system, then no one else, but we will have to take the very first step towards a better system. Doesn’t this sound far more practical and feasible, by all means?
It’s a known fact that the first step towards bringing any change is “Identifying the flaws and the area where the change is required“. So the people who raise their voice are far better, than those who keep their mouth shut, thinking that just by raising their voice nothing is going to change. Herewith, it would be appropriate to mention that the motive behind raising our voice should be to clean up the system and not to gain a cheap publicity etcetera.
Just remember two things. Firstly, we should always raise our voice against any misdeed that comes in front of us. Secondly, we should not take the entire burden of cleaning up the system on our shoulders. This second point is equally important because most of the times the whistleblowers tend to feel burdened up, with a huge task of fighting all alone with the system. So, as soon as, they stop thinking it “as their sole responsibility to clean up the system”, they will be quite relieved and would be able to achieve the purpose with ease.
Without any argument, cleaning up a system is a Herculean task and in most of the circumstances, not only the people running/managing the system but also those who are using the system, try to pressurise and bury the voice of a whistleblower. So, let’s not get disheartened when people accuse us saying that “Raising our voice against a misdeed is not going to help in any manner”. Simply, give it a thought that is it possible to cure a disease till it is diagnosed? So regardless of what others say, do remember that our small contribution, be it of raising our voice against the injustice, is surely going to help and bring the desired change one day.
“Ek gandi machli, sarey talab ko ganda karti hai” (“A rotten fish spoils the entire pond”). This Hindi proverb comes up with the best remedy for cleaning up the system. If we find a rotten fish in a pond, what is the best remedy? Remove the rotten fish or strive to become a part of that pond? Every sane person will agree that removing the rotten fish is the best solution. So to change a system, we need to remove the rotten fishes which are part of that system and for that purpose; it is not needed to be a part of that very system.
The gist of this blog is that it is the responsibility of each one of us to keep the system clean and free of rotten fishes. Every step taken for removing such rotten fishes does count. So don’t get disheartened by the demoralizing comments of people who try to pull us back.
Let’s keep our moral up and pledge not to leave any rotten fish in the pond. “Hum hongey kamiyab ek din, Oh ho maan mein hai vishwas, pura hai vishwas. Hum hongey kamiyab ek din” (“We have full faith in our heart, that we will be successful one day”).