Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
-John F. Kennedy
The definition of thought , I found on net ,http://goo.gl/15UW0
I am standing at cross roads and wonder what is the purpose of education . I find myself and around me people ,who seem to be qualified but on papers alone. The arrest of the professor in Kolkatta for putting up an cartoon on social networking site , the murder of student by class mates in pune, the incidents of baby falak and Hina ,the abuse of domestic helper by educated doctors , the pavements used by the two wheelers to get ahead in traffic in Bangalore ,the snail paced traffic in Bangalore , with one or two people seated in the cars ,not turning off the engines during traffic signals and finally people loosing life to being glued to listening music ,while crossing roads or railway tracks .These events and many more does raise questions are we educated. Or has the education and being employable are two different courses all together.The purpose of education should be around these tenets , the ability to think and to think in an broader perspective. Which is above , me , my and mine.To understand different perspectives and to take the cream of it .The ability to learn un-learn and re-learn. I have been through the schooling system and what I realize is that , we as students were never encouraged to think , ask questions or be creative.It is hard to make good conversations . I hardly remember any good conversations. The most of the conversations are either the cribbing, gossip or the weather talk. One can see for oneself the qualities of the conversation are as deteriorating as our morals. There is a disconnect in our thought , talk and act . And therefore, there is chaos ,everywhere. Can Lokpal bill end corruption, I think no. Our education has equipped us to be judgmental about others but doesn’t give us an ounce of competency to introspect. All we have inherited from the fast food culture is aggression, depression ,depletion and annihilation. If I had to summon up , I would say the whole process of education is build character of an individual , principles and positive attitude and the same not being compartmentalized.The obsession of possession does bother me. If we can’t possess us , our mind , body and the spirit , then it makes no difference what we possession materialistically. To conclude , I am an illiterate, trying to be educated , what about you?
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.