The question of sensitivity

December 26, 2014 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner: Dear Sir,

My silly questions aside, I wanted to know your perspective on this one issue:

How can a sensitive man survive in the world as it is? I mean, an artist, or for that matter, anyone who draws from the springs of his inner depths will be sensitive.

Does the sensitive man become ‘hard’ with the world and then does he not lose some of the sensitivity? Can he be sensitive inside and be indifferent to the outer world? Wholly indifferent without compassion?

Surely, you must see people that work you up to a rage, people who are unjust, people who are corrupt, people who can do terrible things out of sheer ignorance; the armies of hate.

There are times when I am distraught.

Acharya Prashant: Laugh and take the test of despondency. It is beautiful that you are considered worth testing.

Accept that people are unjust, accept that they are corrupt, accept that they are ignorant.


Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More