Knows Everything but Understand Nothing


By: Dr. Ngulani Leo*


Sometime I imagine myself to be jack of all trade, master of none. As a child, I used to be always obsessed with a dream that, if I am a man, I must do all kinds of things, I must taste and touch everything. I wanted to become an artist, so I started to draw things and earned some money by helping in painting tribal shawls in the state exhibitions. I wanted to become a journalist, so I learned stenography for 3 months, I was not good at typing and I feel lazy to learn so I quit. I wanted to become stage actor, so I used to perform in every Christmas gathering in my village when I come home. I used to watch every new film regularly.


I wanted to join insurgency; I was mentally prepared to work for the nation, inspired by people around me and in order to keep myself physically fit I used to practice running and jumping where I broke my left hand. I wanted to become a football player, I practice so hard, I can play but not that well, so I quit. I wanted to become a magician, so I read a lot of magic books, even performed in my village at my brother’s marriage, some of my villagers still believe that I know magic. I wanted to become an inventor, I operated my father’s radio and old watches, though I was not good at it, I made my own bed switch with ball pen and nail inside it. I wanted to become a rock star, so I learned how to play guitar, even performed once in our college auditorium, but I couldn’t sing nor could played well, so I quit and decided not to sing.


I wanted to become a trendsetter of our time with punk etc; I started to drink wine and dress with all sorts of clothes. Three of my friends expired because they couldn’t overcome drugs. I wanted to change the religious system of our people because of too much corruption and politics in the church; I study the Bible to question the authority. I wanted to become an anthropologist; I was interested in the relic of the past, so I took anthropology as my honours subject in DM College.


What do you think of me?

Many people tend to think and do things like me. You may think that’s interesting. But it’s a waste and I know myself that I am not good with any of them. A Turkish saying, “One who knows everything cannot do anything.” I regret today that if I happened to concentrate only in one or two things, I could have been mastered it by now A Vietnamese saying, “Being master in one job is better than being average in nine jobs”. Later on, I realized that what I’ve been doing is wrong. The education system and the environment that shape us are still primitive. There is no direction to what we are learning. There are hardly people who can guide us. Those who are lucky enough they got into some professional fields. The mass are still alike.


What is our village lifestyle?

If we happen to live a village life, men are required to know the art of all sorts of crafts in order to earn their livelihood. It is a must that man ought to know the art of every activity. Those who know many things are often respected. This is the thinking of most of our people. With those thoughts we go out of our hometown thinking that we can fit into anything with our simple graduation degree.  When we step out of the village, things are different. It’s like jumping over a

boundary drawn between the Primitive world and the nuclear world, for we don’t have Medieval and Modern period. What we do is that we try to mingle everything in our work and thinking of how, we were brought up. So, when we are expose to the outside world, we find them very complex thinking that they are very selfish and they appear to us as if they will devour us any time.



What are our general people thinking?

As an average person when we compare ourselves with our mainland counterparts, we are smarter. They usually compliment us because every Naga boys can play guitar, football, speak English, sing, etc. But when we really think about ourselves and ask question to ourselves, are you as good as those professionals? The answer is far from truth. A Finnish saying, “Usually a compliment sometimes implies irony: a tool designed for all purposes is not really good for any specific purposes.”


What do we lack?

First of all, we are often confused of what to do, what we are good at. Even if we are good at something, we never try to master it; rather we took it for granted. That is why we always become an average. Alec Bourne, once said, “It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.” Likewise, we try to mix up our studies with everything like, social activities, extracurricular activities, parties etc. We Nagas are closely knitted society; we are jolly and easy going people and it is believed to be in our gene. We often have too many functions and meetings. If we count the number of social functions of our tribe like the activities of the churches, students meetings, wedding parties, birthday parties, village wise meetings, other tribes functions etc. etc. For a student, you just count all the invitation and compare with your academic days in a year. A Hungarian saying, “He who grasps much, retains but little” We the Naga people have more meetings and social functions than any other tribes or community in India. Is that really going to affect our target or not?


Why we need skill in today’s world?

In order to survive in this modern world or in the city, only thinking will take us nowhere. There is a Mexican saying, “You aim for everything, but you hit nothing”. You have to master in something or the other. We don’t have time to know about all things, that’s not possible for a human. To know about many things without mastering anything will be like “An ocean of knowledge of an inch deep” And it’s a waste of our lifetime.


What do we learn?

We all know that Sachin Tendulkar got a talent for cricket, we consider, he is born for it. Now imagine, if cricket was not introduced in India as a game, then what will be the fate of Sachin? Who invented this Cricket? Is it man or God? That cricket becomes a talent of someone? Now the question is, did someone like Sachin is born for it or did he shape his profession by dedication and determination? Is God doing partiality that he didn’t allow any Naga to be born as famous cricketer, gymnast, boxer, industrialist, scientist, etc, etc.? But why so many politician and philosopher who lecture without really doing what they profess. My microbiology teacher, used to say,” If you give time to think and dream on this little mosquito as much as you do to your girlfriend; you’ll become as famous as a renowned scientist.” We were amused, but there is a deep meaning behind it.


What we need to achieve

If we happen to give extra effort in what you are good at, you’ll always notice, the difference between you and your friend. You will be respected for it. You can bring changes to society. We need to push each other and walk together with join hand. Let us think beyond our own tribe and look at other tribes and forget those pity fights in our kitchen. Let us forget village barriers, tribalism or clans etc. We need to pray to God and focus what do we want to become with hard work, discipline, dedication and determination. We should mold our younger generation to the right direction. Let them do what they desire to do, encourage them to master it, only than we can shape our society.


By: Dr. Ngulani Leo

*Courtesy: Poutsii, September 2011, Poumai Naga Tsiidoumai Me, Delhi (PNTM news letter)

Just Do it! Failure is not your problem

Talk like a man and act like a man; if you can’t, its not your problem

Courtesy: Nike :)

Help the poor and live for the poor; if you can’t, its not your problem
Live for the unity and die for the unity; if you can’t, its not your problem
Talk for common good & live for common cause; if you can’t, its not your problem
Live for justice and die for justice; if you can’t, its not your problem
Life has a mission and live for its mission; if you can’t, its not your problem
Life has its own dignity and live for it; if you can’t, its not your problem
Do what is good and live to be good; if you can’t, its not your problem
Life span is short and live not to shorten; if you can’t, its not your problem
Think positively and act positively; if you can’t, its not your problem

My Perception and I

My Perception and I

It is only my projection that makes me to hate or love someone or something; no human or nothing is good or bad in this world – it simply is. It is my projection that I projected something good or bad. I may be born in a rich or poor family but my future life decides on my projection, perception, attitude, approach, concept, pre-concept, understanding, interest and desire. My parents, friends or environment cannot decide my present or future life. It is my projection that the world is a good place to dwell or miserable place to dwell in. It is through my understanding and attitude that I can change my wrong projection and perception about someone or something.

It is very important how I approach or project the people or a situation in my mind. My positive or negative thoughts come from my projection, perception or pre-concept. I remember a story. There were two sons in a family. The father drinks everyday and fights with all the family members. The elder son follows the footstep of his dad and drinks everyday as he grows up. One day, someone asked him, “Why do you drink every day?” My father was like that and how could I be different from him? The younger son never drinks unlike his brother and father. Someone asked him, “Why did you never booze like your elder brother and father?” He said, “I am not happy with my father who always drinks and fights with all the family members; I don’t want to be like him.” It is his projection, understanding and perception on his dad that make him to change his life. He was convinced that if he were like his dad, other people would dislike associating with him.

When we perceive something in our mind, it continues to linger around our mind till we develop a constructive or negative projection. Whatever we do – whether good or bad, our understanding, perception, projection or pre-concept, etc decide what to do. We may be very poor but the situation or environment cannot make us richer. It is our only positive projection, attitude, perception and approach (PAPA) that will make us richer in our hearts primarily. We may be from a rich family but our lives may be miserable like the poorest in the world with our wrong PAPA. Man’s ends are unlimited and cannot be content with our richness on our wrong projection, attitude, perception and understanding. Suppose you find a beautiful dress and you want to purchase it. But when you observe it and re-examine, nothing is special in that dress but only the latest fashion. The quality of the dress material is ordinary and not durable – then you think that this dress deceives your eyes and heart. Nobody has deceived you. Your mind projected – the dress is good and so you purchase it! One day a person may perceive a beautiful thing; the other day the same person may perceive a thing very ugly. Likewise, it is our projection, perception and understanding that the whole thing around us is pictured beautiful or ugly.

The situation or environment is similar to all the people in this world. Our projection, attitude, perception, approach and pre-concept make us sad or happy. Who is perfect in this world? Everybody encounters problems – the rich or the poor man. The people from a developed country like UK or the US or from a third world country like India or Pakistan – they have problems to be solved. Our right projection, perception, approach and attitude only can help to solve the problem or overcome a difficult situation.

When people have right approach, attitude, projection and perception to the given situation or environment, that very difficult situation or environment cannot make a person’s life ordinary or meaningless. Sometimes we may not be able to solve the problem immediately but our right attitude, approach, perception and projection can solve or remove the problem in our mind. Where does the problem lie? Can you see the problem or touch the problem? Many people think that problem is the biggest “problem” in their lives; they want to remove the problem by their hands or with something. But can you remove the problem by your hands, which you cannot touch?

Problem cannot be touched by hands but felt only in our heart. So something, which cannot be touched by hands, cannot be removed by our hands either. Many times problem lies only in your projection, perception, understanding, mind and pre-concept. Can we touch our perception, understanding and attitude? If not so, we cannot remove the problem by our hands. Everywhere there is problem and we encounter problems in our own way. The problems or difficulties can be changed by our projection, perception, attitude and approach. It is easier to change our PAPA than changing or removing the problems. When we change our PAPA, the problem automatically and subsequently vanishes.

Our success in our works depends on our PAPA! It is not only the rich people who can be successful in this world. Anybody that has right PAPA will be succeeding in life. It is the PAPA that makes a man’s life different from others and worthwhile. There was a man selling balloons on the roadside. A boy came and asked the man, “Will this black balloon fly very high like the red balloon?” Then the man replied, “It is not the red color balloon that can fly very high but the Neon gas which is inside the balloon.” Likewise, it is not the people from a good background or environment but the PAPA of human makes successful in life. We may be from a royal family but without having the right PAPA, we cannot face the world and become a successful human. People who blame the situation or environment have wrong projection, attitude, perception and approach. If we fail today, tomorrow we can be a successful person with our right PAPA. People with wrong PAPA are always bound to a failure. We fail not because of the situation or environment but we have gotten the wrong projection, attitude, perception and approach. We cannot blame the situation and environment for our failure in life.

We may be optimistic about our future lives. But we will be pessimists when we do not change our wrong PAPA. We may be full of confidence and optimism about our lives but we cannot face the failures and problems without the right PAPA. Every one encounters a problem at least and comes across failure in life; once we face such problems and failures, we will lose all our confidence and optimism if we lack the right PAPA. The problems are created due to our wrong projection, attitude, perception and approach and the problems can be solved with our right PAPA. Our whole life is molded by our projection, attitude, perception and approach. It is impossible for a human to commit suicide when he/she changes the wrong PAPA to right PAPA.

One day our life is beautiful; another day it could become meaningless as we change our projection, attitude, perception and approach. It is not the situation, environment or problem that makes us our lives ordinary or special. Our right PAPA is very crucial – our wrong PAPA can make us defeat or paralytic. We may appreciate and be inspired by someone, other people may not like and feel uninspired. It is only our projection on someone. The sunset looks beautiful to one person; and to another, sad. And to another it does not matter. In everybody’s life, there is something special and beautiful that needs to be dug out. Many people may not like an ugly and poor guy but there is something beautiful in him and he can be very helpful to many. Your right and constructive PAPA on him will make lots of difference on him.

A girl may be very beautiful and helpful according to your projection but to someone she may not be beautiful and helpful. It is because we have different projection, perception and approach on her. For some people defeat is the greatest enemy and saddest thing. Thus, they may want to end their lives due to defeatism. But for the people with different projection, attitude, perception and approach may not be the greatest enemy. For a human with right PAPA – it is the best time to learn the causes of the defeat and accept the defeat.

Osho was a bit notorious when he was young and he loved to play and talk in the class. One day, his teacher told him to get out of the class and stand in the corridor (verandah). His teacher made him to stand outside the class as a punishment but it was a chance for him to stand outside and watch the beautiful scene around. Hence, it was not a punishment for him in his heart. Here the point is that it is our projection, attitude, perception and approach that a human thinks a punishment or problem very big or small or no problem and no punishment. A person who cannot accept the defeat cannot overcome the defeat. The victorious people always accept the defeat with their right projection, attitude, perception and approach. But the people who do not want to accept the defeat will defeat themselves. The people, who cannot accept their mistakes, defeat, problem and failures with right PAPA cannot subdue and handle the situations either.

Accept all the people and everything around you as it is with your right approach, attitude, projection and perception and it will appear good as it is. To deal any kind of situations, people, problems, defeat or success, everything depends on our projection, attitude, perception and approach. Our right PAPA on human and everything around us will make our lives different in a special way. It is our projection, attitude, perception and approach that will mold our lives what we want to be. It is up to you to choose the right or wrong projection, attitude, perception and approach. (Written on 12-02-04)

Copyright@Dr. Thohe Pou

Expecting Recognition and Problem

By human nature, man wants to be recognized by others however, many people snub to appreciate and recognize the good deeds of others. We cannot and should not always seek to be recognized and appreciated by others in whatever we do. Let other recognize what you do but seek not to be recognized by other. There are many people in this world who are doing many great things for others nevertheless we fail to appreciate and recognize them.

What if other does not recognize you what you have done or contributed? There are many people who always seek to be recognized by others. The people who always seek to be recognized in whatever they have done cannot do well any work. When others do not recognize them – they start to develop negative thought and attitude. They are disappointed and sad. A sense of inferiority complex and jealousy develop in their heart. They have self-pity in their heart that they are snub by other people. I have a friend who always wants to be recognized and appreciate by others. But when other fails to recognize what he does, the always seek compliments and recognition and when other fails to recognize his works – he cease to act and gloomy.

Do you feel dismal or depress when others do not recognize your work? If you are – it needs to change your perception; if not other people may no recognize your good deeds, work harder to make better the whole system. Let it be – whether others recognize your work or not, resume doing your work and what you dream for – for you are the only person who can achieve what you dream. The people who need recognition and appreciation in whatever they do easily lose their principle, determination and discourage. The workers who work depending on others recognition cannot work sincerely. Some time other people fail to recognize others good deeds. Some time we may be right but due to poor vision or selfishness – others may not recognize what you are doing today. However when you continue to do and bring out good result – they will not only recognize you but also give you the incentives in different ways.

Some time man is very selfish. They withhold to express the appreciation but a sincere worker will never lose the zeal to success in life. Failing to recognize by others – some people start to ponder – why I am not recognizing by others when I have done better than others? It is good to question but the negative attitude cannot bring sweet fruit. Those who always want to be recognized are easily flattered by others. It is always advisable to work hard regardless of others recognition. The sincere and devoted workers toil without any expectation from others, while the insincere and not devoted workers work with great expectation to be recognized in whatever they do. So in failing to be recognized by others – they develop a negative attitude.
Do you deserve to be appreciated and recognize by others in everything what you do? Of course not! However there are some people who have the attitude to show off in whatever they do. I am not trying to say that we should not ignore others recognition. We need to be recognized by others in whatever we do. However always seeking to be recognized and based on recognition – if we do our work – we can never succeed in life. You have got good friends – who always encourage you to work harder – the friends who always discourage and pull down. So if you always seek recognition and appreciation, instead of appreciation and recognition by others – you will be landed with great disappointment.

I have got another friend who had failed many times in his student life due to some unseen reasons. However, he is always optimistic to reach his goal some day. He hardly bothers others’ observation, perception and criticism. The problem with the people who always seek recognition is easily fails in their lives. All the people who always seek appreciation and recognition also expect from others to react the same or do the same whatever they have done for others. For instance, if they give a treat or help some one, they also expect from others to get treat from others or any kinds of support according to what they have done to others.

To work regardless of others’ appreciation and recognition does not mean ignoring others’ recognition. Our works need to be recognized by others else what ever we do is worthless. Always work hard to achieve you dream and goals but avoid seeking others to be recognized your work and working based on others’ recognition. If you always seek the approval and recognition from others the result may be many times bitter.


@Dr. Thohe Pou 2007

Do I have a problem?

By Thohe Pou

There are many problems and some of the problems are indeed a blessing in disguise.  Sometime we need to study and understand the nature of problems. Some of the problems affect in our life but some of the problems are blessing in disguise. In fact, what is the problem? Some time we may sub-consciously consider all the problems as problems. There are many problems that strengthen and mold you – help you to go through the furnace and bring out as pure gold. But there are also some problems that kill you alive gradually.

I have a friend who hardly talks anything against her friends. Once one of her elder sisters asked her, “why you never get angry even though your friends always gossip lots of bad thing about you?” “Let them gossip about me; it is fine for me as long as I do not do anything bad” she replied.  We have some people who always take emotionally and recollect them again and again those angers of the past. But, there are some people who do not keep any anger in their mind and heart.

There are some people who have the problem of recollecting the past events and angers. But there are some people who have very good memory and they would recollect everything in a second. More interestingly, they would always keep all the angers, grudge and wishful to take revenge all the time. Is there anything related to memory power, anger, grudge and wishful to take revenge? Why some people could easily forgive and forget others for their wrong deeds to them? Is it necessary to have sharp memory power to records all the angers, grudges and wish to revenge someone? If this is a necessity,  some people have the problem. However, if this is not a necessity – it would be a blessing in disguise.

As I begin to discuss and share my opinions in public forum in 2003, I have come across some people who always remember every word that hurt them but not the visions and good wishes of other people. However, this is one of the human nature that we tend to remember the bitter and forget the happiness and the blessing that we receive from others or from God. Which is easier to forget – the blessing or the hurts from other people?

Having good memory to recollect all the angers, grudge and willing to take revenge is something related to vengeful heart. It is more or less related to dirty and vengeful heart, which is dominated by some evils thoughts. There are also people who always remember all those events that angered them but they always wish to forget and forgive other people. Some time, I feel annoy with someone and want to shout to the top of my voice but then I used to cold down and pray that God may forgive him for he does not know what he is doing. I also used to pray that God may remove my irritations from my heart to avoid hurting myself.

One thing I came to know that not remembering those bad events that happened to me and no trying to hate or have a grudge on them is not my weaknesses but it’s only a blessing in disguise. One thing, I am also very clear that it’s just a waste of time and disturbed oneself to keep hatred and grudge on other people. If someone hurt you that is reasonable but why should you hurt yourself by keeping hatred and grudge on other people? You don’t deserve to hurt yourself by your hatred and grudge on other people deep inside your heart.

Love to learn and Learn to Love

# and you will able to learn more

# and you will able to love everyone

# and you will become wiser day by day

# and your knowledge will increase day by day

# and you will be able to cope up with your work

# and you will be able to adjust with your neighbors

# and you get more information every time you learn

# and you come to know that you’ve not learn anything

# and you will come to know that you don’t love everyone

# and you will come to know that you don’t know anything

# and you won’t feel monotonous doing the same thing again & again

# and you will come to realise that learned man without love is useless

# and you will have no grudge or enemy in your heart

# and you will continue to love to do what you are doing


# AND THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ADD MANY MORE POINTS in addition to the points I’ve just mention a few points.

~~Spontaneous points that poke up in my mind in last one hour~~

World Underground’s Ten Commandments

Motto: “The fear of the underground is the beginning of long life and whosoever keeps silence from speaking the truth, believes in tax and extortion payment and in no defending one’s own rights will never be shot dead but shall live a full life span of a man”

All the undergrounds around the world have the similar philosophy, principle and strategy and it is the general believe and fear of the people in their hearts that undergrounds have their own commandments and the people need to obey and surrender absolutely to them without questioning against them.

1. Thou shall not speak the truth but fear the underground and surrender to them absolutely.

2. Thou shall not be an outspoken person and stand for the truth for you will be warned or silence forever without any warning.

3.Thou shall believe that your present fear and suffering is worth more than the threat and death sentence to be issued on you.

4. Thou shall not defend your own rights but fear the underground and surrender to them absolutely.

5. Thou shall fear the underground and believe in tax and extortion payment and you will never be shot death.

6. Thou shall obey the underground’s rules and standard without questioning them.

7. Thou shall not speak against the underground for whatever they do to the people.

8. Thou shall avoid practicing freedom of speech and expression.

9. Thou shall believe that the underground has the license to kill anybody.

10. Thou shall believe that underground has the sole power to do anything as they like.