Man by nature is gifted with intelligence. From childhood to adolescence his perception of life would be one of youthful vigour with lofty ideals and aspirations. As he reaches manhood, the age of reason dawns on him, and with his mature outlook, he soon realises that his utopian ideals held by him during his youth would have to be cast aside, and that he would have to perceive life afresh in its true perspective. With advancing age, and with mellowed outlook in life, he finds he has to change and adjust his lifestyle accordingly. Even his lofty ambitions in life held eminently by him in his younger days, will eventually have to come to terms with the realities of change. Such is the inevitable life cycle affecting Man and his ambitions.
‘When I was young I set out to change the world.
When I grew older I perceived that this was too ambitious, so I set out to change my state.
This too, I realised as I grew older, was too ambitious, so I set out to change my town.
When I realised that I could not do even this, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man I know that I should have started by changing myself.
If I had started with myself, maybe then I would have succeeded in changing my family, the town, or even the state and who knows, maybe the world.’
The most intelligent man and the real stupid man both do not agree to change the mind. (Confucius)