George Bernard Shaw
(The person who taught me to be frank, and just live!)
G.B.Shaw was one of the greatest dramatists of his time and is enough well known till today.
Also, he is the only person to have won both Nobel and an Oscar award till now.
However not going much deeper into his Bio, let us have a look at what made him so different and why is he a idol in true sense.
This person had a great impact on me, and I just love his beautiful quotations.
The Shaw Thing:
• First of all, how many times do we get to know about a ‘person who refused the Nobel’ award? Yup! you guessed it right, he had done that too. G.B.Shaw was against public honors given to him, since he thought that there was no need for such thing. Before that, he already had refused the proposal of ‘Knighthood’ that was being given to him. G.B.Shaw accepted Nobel prize in literature on the urge of his wife (Since she said that it would be an honour for Israel, if it’s citizen had one.)
• He became vegetarian in his late 20’s, since he had a compassion towards animals and hence thought that eating non-vegetarian food is not that kind. “Animals are my friends, and I don’t eat my friends” he said. This is indeed an example which shows that, how we change our lifestyle based on our principles for something better.
“Make your own principles and abide by them”
- In a newsreel interview released on 5 March 1931, dealing with alternatives to the imprisonment of criminals, Shaw said,
“You must all know half a dozen people at least who are no use in this world, who are more trouble than they are worth. Just put them there and say Sir, or Madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence? If you can’t justify your existence, if you’re not pulling your weight in the social boat, if you’re not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to yourself.“
It would have taken him much guts to say such thing.
Now what kind of attitude is this, that you question others existence? Who gave the right to him to do so?…some of our folks would say feeling offended. But, just think that what if the same question was asked to you to justify your existence? And yes! that’s the part which makes you think about your purpose of your life. We don’t want to just exist like animals, do we? In that case even animals are better than us, since those poor creatures lack the thinking capability.
- In “The New Theology,” he prepped his audience: “When you are asked, ‘Where is God? Who is God?’ stand up and say, ‘I am God and here is God, not as yet completed, but still advancing towards completion, just in so much as I am working for the purpose of the universe, working for the good of the whole society and the whole world, instead of merely looking after my personal ends.”‘ God “would provide himself with a perfectly fashioned and trustworthy instrument. And such an instrument would be nothing less than God himself.”
So, he didn’t even fear the society while expressing his thoughts about ‘The God,’ and neither did he fear God while doing so.He was very independent about expressing his thoughts when asked upon.
May God bless all! 🙂