Significance to the life of a Spy
Today’s globalized world that often dangles between intricate political affairs and the state of a nation’s military preparedness bestows immense significance to the life of a Spy. Espionage, as it’s technically called in the lair of Intelligence gathering and covert operations has remained as important in deciding military, economic, political and geo-political realities of a country as it was ages back. Even in the bygone era where technology hadn’t undergone such astute developments as it has today in 21st century world, where turf wars are a common site in the Middle East, West Asia and North America- spies and undercover agents occupied a special place in the heart of a nation state’s government.
Sworn to Secrecy
Secret agents can do anything in their life but not get into a stage where their real identities are revealed. For such sensitive and potent is the information that they gather, analyze and share ahead in the best interest of their respective national governments. And, truth be told, one has tried many a times to break their walls of conscience without much ado in an attempt to get them to spill the beans. Many have died trying. But, a spy would not and cannot (fundamentally, unless he goes rogue) reveal the true nature of his work. This implies that a spy has such tremendous capacity to ‘hold back’ when required and to conceal that, that is in the best interest of his own people, i.e., the national interest. Quite a lesson there for us commoners.
The ability to multi-task
If you are a fan of Bond movies (Double O Seven) or the famous Mission Impossible bandwagon, then you would have realized that a spy has to perform multiple roles, at times, at the same time. He could be receiving a private email which he has to safeguard from prying eyes and then keep an eye on his immediate plan or work not being hounded by people from the enemy sources. Ever a charmer, he may at the same time be needed to woo someone in order to extract priceless information whilst keeping everything about him ‘perfectly safe or hidden’. Spies therefore teach a lot to us in terms of how to multi-task whilst doing a dangerous job, almost every single day of their lives
The ability to research and gather information
We all are adept at doing research, aren’t we? After all, in the 21st century India as in the globalized world of the West- there are far too many sources exacting from us tremendous information all around. But, a thing must be asked! How does one know that which information is really usable? Spies, who aren’t just blessed but adept at understanding what information is to be used and from where have a remarkably fluid mind that helps them to regard information as being either useful and applicable and if not, then a complete hoax. Therefore, the greatest lesson here being the ability to think of an information available in plenty as being useful or dumped. That’s the key to success in life.
The ability to fight back
In the event of critical ‘assignments’ as they are called spies expose themselves to a level of danger whilst collecting information that is nearly unparallel to what we can imagine. On a day they make be required to break into a top level secret Government or Military facility whilst being tasked to gather sensitive information which helps their cause. On other occasions, they may be required to hold off a relentless army of scathing attacks that are meant to stop them from leaving a violent or sensitive scene at all costs. And, not always can they escape a backlash! In such events, when one cannot escape or hide, secret agents fight back and are trained to take counter action toward safeguarding themselves. This requires strong mental conditioning and off course, tactful physical preparedness. It isn’t an easy life but for sure, secret agents necessitate the need to answer back when needed which is also a great lesson in itself.
A quote attributed to Bruce Lee and Mahatma Buddh is so deep and yet so mindfully applicable to a secret agent that it almost a perfect definition of a spy’s state of mind. The former says, I do not fear the man who has practiced thousand kicks once, but one who has practiced a kick thousand times. The latter says, we are what we become. Fair and simple. Spies are renowned for mental toughness. Borrowing wisdom from Lee and Siddharth Buddh, who both are identified as masters of self control and thus, the mind itself, one understands spies as being nearly impossible to break when it comes to their mental shackling. Off course, there are exceptions, as visible in the life of CIA, MI6 and our own Intelligence gathering vehicle, but such rogue cases left aside, the mental strength with which spies function and conduct dangerous operations all for the national interest- makes them second to none.
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