In the words of Robert Kennedy- “Each time a man dares, he sends a ripple of hope, and crossing each other from different centers of daring, those ripples build a current which sweeps the walls of domination and resistance.”
Daring means much more than simple courage. It includes vision and needs tremendous amounts of creativity to give real shape to the vision. So vision, creativity, and courageous actions are the basic components of daring.
It is courage and the spirit of adventure that distinguishes persons of metal from the meek; it is the daring of those select few that the world is what it is today – a better place to live, economically prosperous for a sizeable human population, a place with scientific and technological marvels for a better quality of life. It has been possible to progress because a number of women and men dared to question the existing values, practices, scientific facts and the established order in the world of literature and arts. It has been rightly said that, ‘Nothing venture, nothing win’.
Where would Homo sapiens be without a SHAKESPEARE, a LEONARDO DA VINCI, a GALILEO, a COPERNICUS, a DARWIN, a MAGELLAN, a COOK, a LINCOLN, an EDISON, a BACH, a PICASSO, an EINSTEIN, a LENIN or a MANDELA? They are just to name a few among the thousands of others who dared to think and act differently. Nearer home, and from times, not a distant past , RABINDRANATH TAGORE, VIVEKANANDA, MAHATMA PHULE, KABIR, JAMINI ROY, J.C. BOSE, C.V.RAMAN, E.V.NAICKER, MOTHER TERESA, HOMI BHABHA, BHAGAT SINGH, JAWAHARLAL NEHRU and MAHATMA GANDHI are some of the brightest examples of people who went against conventional wisdom, broke established norms and revolutionized the way we think and act. They changed our perceptions about the world – as it is and as it should be. It requires extraordinary vision and courage to go beyond the conventional and excel. Mahatma Gandhi showed us this through his life. He said, “I believe that a man is the strongest soldier to die unarmed.” The result of his daring was the new, independent and resurgent India.
In all spheres of human activity, it is daring that leads to meaningful changes. Those who dare achieve, maybe through failures at times, but the failures teach them to do things differently than earlier and dare further. In education, in business, in science, in creatives, and in social actions, one is motivated by a vision of the new and the goal is reached only through continuing courageous actions – in short through daring. Daring is not a foolhardiness, but an informed desire to go beyond the normal and excel. As Charles Lindbergh said and I quote, “What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all.” The commoners may ridicule the darer and even may try to stop the darer; the powerful may try to put obstacles in the path of when their interests are hurt by the act; but the sheer courage and the undying spirit of the visionary ultimately wins and the new is ushered in, even if the person is no longer there. Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stakes, but the Copernican model was accepted subsequently and further modified by many scientists. If one is triumphant, a new life is achieved; if one fails while daring, one is still better than those who have seen neither triumph nor defeat, as they never dared. Failures do not symbolize cowardliness but braveness. So, we must dare and dare again and go on daring.
I would end by quoting by Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.”