Question (Q): How do we say that the decision is 'right' or 'wrong?' What is right for one is wrong for the other. Nature has given everyone the right to decide. Who are we to label someone as wrong?
Acharya Prashant (AP): Right or wrong really are not decided in context of others. You're right! nobody has the right to label a person or a person's decision-making as right or wrong. However, it does not mean that there is nothing called a right decision or a wrong decision.
Understand it simply, what is it that we all fundamentally want? We want peace. We want relaxation. We don't want to be tense. We want contentment. Ever seen anyone who enjoys being dissatisfied or diminished or hurt or angry? So, what is it that we all want? What is it that is a common, universal need among humans? Peace and contentment! Nobody wants to be sad. We want a subtle joyful state of consciousness and we all want that irrespective of the country we came from, our age, our gender, our religion, our ethnicity, doesn't matter! Nobody wants to be sad, nobody wants to feel hurt. So, if that is our core need then you should know when to call a decision 'right' and when to call one 'wrong.'
If your decisions lead to peace, joy, contentment for you then they are right. Otherwise, they are wrong.
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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