I woke up at 8:30 am when my friend who has just started his mobile restaurant and is still struggling for profits, called me to ask if I was going to college. I said ‘No’ and I thought to help him in his business as a friend. I am narrating this incident because it says a lot about the young people, education system, entrepreneurial zeal, struggle and human emotions.
In the coming paragraphs, I will talk about basic change which in itself is responsible for bigger changes. I will try to identify the basic change needed and trace its path to bigger changes. I will also talk about how these changes can be brought about.
Now in this summer afternoon, listening to Sarod maestro Amzad Ali Khan on the roof of an old house where I have taken a room for rent, I can feel what is the change I want to see and the change I want to make. Hopes and optimism is what I have and I believe that the world has never been as optimistic about change in entire history as it is now. When I look in the North, I see history on a hill – Nahargarh Fort standing on the verge and its long and high walls still standing intact, is it the symbol of glory or a symbol of fear, I wonder. I look at the road below – a heap of foul smelling garbage, a historic gate on the main road is now an open toilet, monkeys playing on the roofs of old houses, roads congested by cows, vehicles, venders, cars and people and to add to the chaos – quarrelling people. The flag of Jaipur Rajgharana is flying high on the pinnacle of City Palace situated just five minutes walking distance from here. I look at these historic palaces, forts, abandoned buildings, temples and pink colored shops in rows on both sides of the roads, I wonder how beautiful and glorious this city would have been in its recent history. A lot has changed since then.
When I think about change, the first question arises in my mind is – change what? Do I want to change this myself, my city, my country or my world? Can I say that this world is mine? Why do I and we focus on ‘my’? Why should not we think ‘us’? We all are a part of this world. Every living-non-living and matter-subtle thing has the spirit and contributes to this world which can be either sorrow or happiness. Nothing external is going to change this world. We have to do it on our own. And the necessity of change does not depend upon time and conditions. It is a continuous improvement that has to happen to go towards perfection, to learn from our mistakes and inventing new theories and testing them with a sole aim to achieve that perfection which is in fact unachievable.
What we see around us and what we are so close to? I took out five words from my vocabulary to answer this question and I am going to explain how these five words are related to change.
Art gives us history and teaches us how to govern ourselves. It tells us how we can understand ourselves and our role in building this world. It gives our lives a sense of living and helps in finding our place.
Heritage is the proof of history. A non-living world but not at all spiritless, which has its own way of telling stories. It tells us what we were and where we have come from. How we are one world and still so different and separated?
Our culture tells us how to live. It tells about our present way of living and one day this culture becomes history. It is our responsibility to glorify ourselves through our culture in history or to take it through dark ages. If we chose the second option it will be disrespectful to our future generations and our careless will be cursed for ages. There is a saying in Urdu:
“Yeh jabr bhi dekha hai taareekh ki nazron ne?
Lamhon ne khata ki thi sadiyon ne sazaa payee.”
These are the lessons of time: for the mistakes made by moments, the punishment is meted out to centuries.
In Hindi, Science means ‘Vi-Gyan’ – ‘vi’ means special and ‘gyan’ means knowledge. Knowledge other than sleeping, eating, mating and defending is special and this makes human beings different from animals. Science is the reason for our progress and meaning to our activities. Science is the engine that drives humanity and human beings drive this world.
Technology is ‘science in action’ and realized for the benefit of this world. Here we need to have a sense of responsibility for our actions. For fast and unhindered progress we need to have such a sense.
When we are clear about our past, our present, our thoughts and our actions we progress and we rarely do harm. We become satisfied and happy. It gives us respect as we develop our values. We love, we tolerate, we care for people and we become free from deep inside – satisfaction.
This is a dream or utopia, I really don’t know but I know that some small things if taken care of and encompassed in our institutions can be very much responsible for the change I want to see in this world and the change I want to make.
All our institutions – government, educational, research, corporate and non government has to understand the basics of life and have a sense of responsibility towards our actions. In short, every human being should be taught to live in harmony and responsibly. I believe that a proper education system is must throughout the world. The perspective has to be ‘Global’ and ‘us’ should be preferred instead of ‘me’.
The education of a child begins when he/she opens eyes – mother, father, family, school, teachers and society. Rarely a few people have the global perspective while thinking. Universal values are necessary for progress of this world and every living being and the protection of historical non-living things which tells us about past. The thought and knowledge is through education and if the transition goes well every other this in the life of a person goes well.
By this time many things are clear about what kind of change I want to see in this world. The basic of the basic changes – thoughts and transition of universal values in human beings is the change I want to see in this world. And this is the change I want to make.
It is necessary to bring about this change and the more basic and deeper we go in human institutions the simpler things become. I do not say that it would be easy as well. There is a lot of knowledge that is being transitioned to every person in this world from family, tradition, internet, books and scientists (in a broad term). This knowledge cannot be controlled, many myths, false knowledge, orthodox views are present and this is making knowledge the most difficult thing to manage in this world. There are as many perspectives about history, culture, traditions and science as there are historians, followers, preachers and scientists. I am not saying that dissemination of current knowledge is to be controlled because it is impossible to control thoughts of human beings, it is impossible to stop anyone to express his views and unethical as well. If a proper knowledge has to be disseminated it has to be done through involvement and cooperation of people. ‘This world is ours and not mine’– this feeling has to be developed and propagated. A global perspective with universal values has to be developed. Education revolution – so it can be called is the basic change that has to be brought about to change every incorrect or wrong thing in this world. There is also good knowledge that is present which has to be saved and propagated along.
The keyword – ‘co-operation’:
The basic knowledge has the basic tool that has to be used to bring about the education revolution. Co-operation is a global perspective and universal value that we can employ in bringing about this change which I want to make. It is not possible for a person, a family, a society and a country to bring about Education revolution. In today’s world, when information can flow with great speed and has many forms – media, print, internet, people etc. It is impossible to do this without global perspective. Current age has developed more information than it was ever present on this planet. And the knowledge and means to manage this immense knowledge are also present with us. There is a need to initiate this revolution.
Co-operation at global level with its effects on each and every human being is necessary to bring about this change. The discussions, results, research, textbooks and media will propagate the truth and the truth is to be known to everyone to accept the universal values and global perspective. It is not necessary to control the present knowledge but to propagate knowledge with a global perspective.
How will the world look like when the change will start to happen? It will be an era of opinions, equitability, futuristic thinking, empathy, inclusiveness, sustainability, achievement, progress, rewards, choices, desires, ambitions, opportunities, traditions, festivals, carnivals, competitions, beauty, acceptance, knowledge, enlightenment and success.
Then we will have global perspective and we will be able to say without doubt – ‘my people’.
The New Beginning:
And this is how the world will look like when we have accomplished our task of uniting people and giving them a perspective that will hamper no one’s rights but give everyone an opportunity to express himself without fear because people will listen to what he says. Take a deep breath before you read below.
It will be a birth, growth and a peaceful death. Life will breathe rain showers and clean air. Survival of everyone and everything, nature will sing and freshness will be everywhere. There will be activity and energy. There will be thoughts resulting into action. There will be support, independence. Everything will grow and grow, flourish. Everything will contribute, help, breath, dream, survive and live. More energy, innovation, realization, health, love and peace will be there. The future will be glorious and the past will be there to teach us a lot because it won’t be destroyed by hatred but will be saved to teach and learn. There will be fun, life and enjoyment – Ultimate Freedom.