Thanks to Ashish Deodhar for bringing a very powerful snippet from Vivekananda to my notice. I searched and found the original source, here. This man Vivekanada, literally a boy, so young was he when he died, never fails to inspire.
Here's the extract that WILL TOTALLY ENERGISE YOU. Take responsibility, or accept your bondage.
Nothing makes us work so well at our best and highest as when all the responsibility is thrown upon ourselves.
I challenge everyone of you. How will you behave if I put a little baby in your hands? Your whole life will be changed for the moment; whatever you may be, you must become selfless for the time being. You will give up all your criminal ideas as soon as responsibility is thrown upon you — your whole character will change.
So if the whole responsibility is thrown upon our own shoulders, we shall be at our highest and best; when we have nobody to grope towards, no devil to lay our blame upon, no Personal God to carry our burdens, when we are alone responsible, then we shall rise to our highest and best.
I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil.
I am the Pure and Blessed One. We must reject all thoughts that assert the contrary.
"I have neither death nor fear, I have neither caste nor creed, I have neither father nor mother nor brother, neither friend nor foe, for I am Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss Absolute; I am the Blissful One, I am the Blissful One. I am not bound either by virtue or vice, by happiness or misery. Pilgrimages and books and ceremonials can never bind me. I have neither hunger nor thirst; the body is not mine, nor am I subject to the superstitions and decay that come to the body, I am Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss Absolute; I am the Blissful One, I am the Blissful One."
Speaking for myself, I'm not teacher like Vivekananda, but a doer. I will change India or I will die trying. Period.
But I do have one message for those who care to hear it: FREEDOM WITH RESPONSIBILITY. FREEDOM WITH ACCOUNTABILITY.
You are what you make of yourself. Don't blame anyone else! Don't ever beg for mercies.
Demand your dues, but be willing to put in the effort to deserve these dues.
I demand that India change. I will not change (corrupt myself) for India. I'm willing to put the effort needed to deserve a FAR BETTER India.