One year ago, Tamus Alam, a small farmer, donated a parcel of land for us to set up an educational center called SEEKHO in Bishanpur Village, Bihar. Upon donating the land, he said, 'what counts is what we do, not what we have.'
Only a few days earlier I had driven my leased car to the dealer and handed them the keys, and I had no idea how I was going to pay rent that month. Maybe I was crazy, but then again dreamers always look a little crazy to those that have forgotten how to dream.
The reason many of us retreat from social involvement is not that we think all is well with the world. Rather, what leaves too many of us sitting on the sidelines is what psychologists call learned helplessness.