'The Value of Values' by Girish Mehta

To decide between right and wrong a child needs judgment. The distinction between right and wrong is what matters in life. Life teaches you many things but what if you already know what is it you must do to set things right. That advantage is guaranteed by visiting a bricks and cement building housing well-educated and well-read people. But, if we look around us do we really see that power in the generations to question themselves and take the right decisions. I see degrees walking around me as I sit in a coffee shop, the best in management, computers, medicine etc. But, I also see them smoking, swearing, conspiring against fellow employees and elders.
To decide between right and wrong a child needs judgment. The distinction between right and wrong is what matters in life. Life teaches you many things but what if you already know what is it you must do to set things right. That advantage is guaranteed by visiting a bricks and cement building housing well-educated and well-read people. But, if we look around us do we really see that power in the generations to question themselves and take the right decisions. I see degrees walking around me as I sit in a coffee shop, the best in management, computers, medicine etc. But, I also see them smoking, swearing, conspiring against fellow employees and elders.

 Now, let’s not go in debate that smoking is good or bad – Mythology says that, so do researchers, and so do the elderly. The subjective manner in which problems are solved is fine with me and I respect the people who teach us subjective behaviors, it’s a difficult thing to be immersed in immature minds. We cannot exist without people who know the procedures and know them well.
Now, let’s not go in debate that smoking is good or bad – Mythology says that, so do researchers, and so do the elderly. The subjective manner in which problems are solved is fine with me and I respect the people who teach us subjective behaviors, it’s a difficult thing to be immersed in immature minds. We cannot exist without people who know the procedures and know them well. 
 But, the extremism with which we are taught subjects makes us incapable of taking decisions. The elders who fed us and gave us food, shelter, and a piece of paper that guarantees the good life, did enough. But, they along with the literals who craft which subject were read by my generation never really understood that all I wanted to be was a traveler, an artist, a fish tank cleaner instead of sitting in air conditioned offices that hurt my nostrils. I am grateful to the universe and the whole existence for giving me a life of cabs, food coupons, and quick cash. But, I am ungrateful to them for not teaching me and my generation what is right and what is wrong. They didn’t teach the man in control that when someone is pregnant, she is in pain and cannot work properly – Can’t expect her to hurry up an elevator –Patience! They never told the people in power that an individual is above all the goals that the country, organizations, and teams. That, someone in his last-days, while walking on a road trembles and needs time to cross. They never ever told the new breed of road-rangers that when they act stupid (And I mean really stupid) out of lust in public, the next generation emulates them.
But, the extremism with which we are taught subjects makes us incapable of taking decisions. The elders who fed us and gave us food, shelter, and a piece of paper that guarantees the good life, did enough. But, they along with the literals who craft which subject were read by my generation never really understood that all I wanted to be was a traveler, an artist, a fish tank cleaner instead of sitting in air conditioned offices that hurt my nostrils. I am grateful to the universe and the whole existence for giving me a life of cabs, food coupons, and quick cash. But, I am ungrateful to them for not teaching me and my generation what is right and what is wrong. They didn’t teach the man in control that when someone is pregnant, she is in pain and cannot work properly – Can’t expect her to hurry up an elevator –Patience! They never told the people in power that an individual is above all the goals that the country, organizations, and teams. That, someone in his last-days, while walking on a road trembles and needs time to cross. They never ever told the new breed of road-rangers that when they act stupid (And I mean really stupid) out of lust in public, the next generation emulates them.
 By just being called a literate, I feel is being called declared alive but not alive and kicking. I am not asking for too much, just the next generation of DNA and the literate educators to strike a balance and give the toddlers education, dreams, and above all values. Values will separate our generation from the rest. The lethal combination of Values and Education will help me take it to the next level and create the new world where we will outsource and drive the research rather than keying in numbers and text that doesn’t mean much to us.
By just being called a literate, I feel is being called declared alive but not alive and kicking. I am not asking for too much, just the next generation of DNA and the literate educators to strike a balance and give the toddlers education, dreams, and above all values. Values will separate our generation from the rest. The lethal combination of Values and Education will help me take it to the next level and create the new world where we will outsource and drive the research rather than keying in numbers and text that doesn’t mean much to us.

4 comments:

Vibha said...

Nice article Girish. It is completely up to us to give the next generations good values. But my concern is, and as you rightly pointed out, do we ourselves have the ability to judge what is right and what is wrong. Basically each generation that chooses greed, selfishness, callousness, makes it difficult for the next generation to build a peaceful world.

ilakshee said...

So true and yet so far. To ponder on all this and act one needs time. But do we have time to even think how to change ourselves?

VJ Sharma said...

Brilliantly written !

Unfortunately kids are getting caught in contradictory thoughts. Urban schools are comparatively doing some constructive things(relatively) but when kids come out of the school, they encounter something which is not what they learn in schools. This is a very long debate and wondering if there is anything that can help us in moving to right direction, which is of-course difficult to define.

WordilyCravings said...

Thanks Vibha! We might not be aware of what is right but we have to at least keep injecting the willingness to learn. For a start, I as an individual have started an unannounced battle against the negative traits you have mentioned. Hopefully, I will be able to sprinkle the air with the right pollen of positivism.

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