Sunday, 5 August 2018

What Can We Do Today For The Sake Of Tomorrow?

Dear Reader,

The need for commonsense leadership has been apparent for some time. How long has it taken for world leaders to agree that climate change is a reality and something to be taken very seriously indeed. There have also been ecological warnings raised by 'think tanks' since the 1970s - apart from more isolated warnings before that - and yet the world's economy goes on thinking that 'more is best'.

The main problem - I suggest - is that our educational system is geared towards the 'more' syndrome, and also to the use of the brain as our sole source of direction. Our education is greatly in need of being re-framed to attune more to commonsense teaching. Even wisdom teaching.

How refreshing it is, therefore, to find that some quite significant western institutions have called 'time' to examine how they should better go about things. It's taken time, but at last there's now some effort towards thinking differently.

In the Youtube library you will find a series of such talks that have taken place very recently at some major institutions, and primarily involving an Indian educationalist cum community worker cum mystic cum yogi who goes by the name of 'Sadhguru':

Here's a selection of the most profound recordings on the topic of how we should think about ourselves and the world around us, in order to bring the world into not just sustainability but harmony:
At the World Bank
At Stanford Business School
At Harvard Medical School
About Medicine... 
and about The Ideal Education
And there are many more fascinating videos that can be viewed on the sidebar at the above links.

How about these thoughts that Sadhguru conveys - amongst many others - that should be challenging us to 'think again':
That if we pursue study in the current educational system over a 15 to 20 years period, then we lose around 70% of our real intelligence.
That if we pursue study in the current educational system over a 15 to 20 years period, then we could find that around 40% of the total population will become schizophrenic in the next 25 to 30 years.
Surely, apart from all the issues of sustainability and climate change, these references should make us sit up and wonder what kind of world are we trying to leave for our children.

Thank you for reading this.