precious hours

 Jawaharlal Nehru, in a speech way back in 1952, said he was tired of people who merely talk about various things. However wise you may be (in India the number of truly wise, sagacious men and women is limited), he said, you can never enter into the spirit of a thing if you only talk about it and do nothing. We do not know the value of time; so we do not mind spending precious hours in idle gossip.  In part the disinclination to be up and doing all the time is the result of our fatalistic beliefs and attitudes. Most of us tend to believe that what God has ordained cannot be averted.