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Tirukkural-On Virtue-Social Cooperation-Kural 214

By Staff

Otha tarivaan uyirvaalvaan mattraiyaan

Cethaarul vaikkap padum

Only those, who know and practise social co-operation, live their life;The others are as good as dead.

Man is born a social creature. Therefore, he alone lives, who functions as a social co-operator. Those who do not recognize this duty are to be counted as so many corpses that move.

The German Philosopher-poet Goethe conveyed the same idea in a similar context when he said:

'A useless life is only an earthly death'.

Read more about: social cooperation thirukural
Story first published: Monday, June 29, 2009, 12:12 [IST]
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