We have had “enough” of lot of things in life. Enough of the COVID Pandemic, Enough of working hard, enough of managing work-life balance.
However, we don’t seem have “enough” of materialism, aspirations, goals, wealth, greed, just more and more of everything that brings instant gratification and pleasure but not lasting happiness. I have been through the same journey, traveling at a speed, where we don’t even pause to step back, reflect and understand the difference between money and Value, Materialism and a good Value System.
Just now, over the last 6 months of the COVID Pandemic, the period of lockdown, to “Yet to be tamed” COVID virus. Many of us have been compelled to pause, listen quietly, understand the environment. The circumstances and standard of living of the less fortunate, the migrant labour issue, our crumbling health infrastructure are the realities that have dawned upon many of us.
We were “Educated” to believe that we can set lofty goals, aspire for more & more. A time like COVID crisis is, in some ways a great leveller. Life came to a standstill during the Lockdown period, the COVID infections that were just numbers or counts that seemed distant is in our neighbourhoods and at our doorsteps. It caught us unawares, and threw us into strange times, never seen or experienced before, in our lifetime. Uncertainty is the only certainty.
The COVID infection does not differentiate between the poor and the wealthy, the Urbanite and the villager. Pain and suffering is not any easier for the “more fortunate”. Time to remember Steve Jobs “last words”.
This pandemic and the longish break from “life as usual” and “business as usual”, has hopefully given all of to normalise our lifestyles and reimagine the Education and the upbringing of our children. Education from Early childhood, to School education, to Higher Education, many of our schools claim to imbibe a “Value system” in the children, via the curriculum route.
It is time to reimagine education, and understand that values in life are not taught in classrooms, but inspired by behaviour of teachers, friends, and most importantly the family members and the neighbourhood we live in.
The National Education Policy NEP2020 provides an opportunity, time and space for strengthening value systems, with a balanced exposure to local culture, and global opportunities.