Wise Ibsen says, “The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. He is weak who expects, waits for others [to help him]” (An Enemy of the People, 1882). Alone here means – self-reliant, one who is able to stand on one own two feet. In this context, alone does not mean an uncooperative individual. What Ibsen implies here is a person who knows his responsibilities, performs his duties, that person finds the necessary support he needs [for progress] from within. External resources easily come, drawn to him by his magnetism.
Confucius says, “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others”. Intellectuals and sages have always taught, God helps them who help themselves. One who has lost faith and confidence in himself, is counted amongst the unfaithful in the eyes of God.
Inside of us lies the most intense and nearest presence of the divine. One who does not experience that presence, that which is inside of him, from where will he be able to find a support [something to hold on to], which will save him and push him forward?
To not believe in ones own capabilities and possibilities is like refusing to accept the authority of God.
In places, where such type of disbelief exists, there we can find the vilest form of atheism.
-Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya